Travel Thursday - Malta 2012

    In 2012, we took our first cruise (won't be our last). We spent 18 glorious days in the Mediterranean Sea (we were in the Atlantic Ocean for a couple of days to go to Morocco...stories for another blog). There are many places I loved, and you will hear more about, from this trip, but Malta is high on the list.

    Malta is a small, island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. It is one of the world's smallest most densely populated countries. Malta's location has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base, and a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British, have ruled the islands.

    We visited the main island and docked in the port of Valetta (the Capital). It was over 40 degrees that day, so we had intended to walk around the walled city, but it just was too hot. We decided to go on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour instead.

    Matla is known for the Maltese Falcon (movie) and the Maltese Cross (I did buy a very delicate silver filagree Maltese Cross, one of my favourite jewelry peices I own), but Malta is also know for its beautiful blown glass and colourful pottery.

    I hope to go back to Valetta and Malta as a whole to explore and learn more about the Knights that occupied the city for many years and see if I can discover some of their secrets. But for now, pictures will have to remind me of the treasures of Malta. And I hope these photos also give you the travel bug to visit Malta.

    Walls of Valetta

    Close-up of the walls

    View of Valetta from the vineyards

    Colourful Pottery

    Glass Candy...they look good enough to eat!





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