Malta after Dusk

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Here are a few paragraphs from night tour article

Malta is a sunny island in the Mediterranean, just between Africa and Sicily.  When the beautiful golden beaches empty, stone palaces close up and the throng of tourists head back to their hotels, the island lights up. The stillness of the night turns the island into a glimmering, even exciting place.

In Mdina, once the capital city of Malta, the narrow streets and passages fade into the darkness as I stare toward the fortifications.  The illuminated St. Pauls Cathedral almost floats in the middle of Cathedral. The silent city is ghostly at night, I was relieved to be on a guided tour.

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Our last stop of the night, Mosta Cathedral, was where the miracle of Mosta took place.  In the evening the religious statues that stare down from the building facade seem larger, their facial expressions more severe and more determined…

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Malta after Dusk

Here are a few paragraphs from night tour article

Malta is a sunny island in the Mediterranean, just between Africa and Sicily.  When the beautiful golden beaches empty, stone palaces close up and the throng of tourists head back to their hotels, the island lights up. The stillness of the night turns the island into a glimmering, even exciting place.

In Mdina, once the capital city of Malta, the narrow streets and passages fade into the darkness as I stare toward the fortifications.  The illuminated St. Pauls Cathedral almost floats in the middle of Cathedral. The silent city is ghostly at night, I was relieved to be on a guided tour.

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Our last stop of the night, Mosta Cathedral, was where the miracle of Mosta took place.  In the evening the religious statues that stare down from the building facade seem larger, their facial expressions more severe and more determined to save the world.

Mdina’s Fontanella Tea Garden

Mdina’s (Silent City)  history can be traced back 4000 years.  It is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city with an extraordinary mix of medieval and baroque architecture.

Fontanella is a terrace cafe intergrated within Mdina’s city walls.  With views of terraced fields implemented by the Arabs, and green pastures reaching to the sea this is the place to go for an afternoon coffee and chocolate cake.

Fontanella Tea Garden is one of the most popular cafes on the island. Tourists and locals come from all over to check out the medieval Mdina and enjoy a slice of their chocolate cafe. The locals say that the cafe serves the best  Maltese Ftira (Maltese bread)

The two level stone building is easy to spot with it‘s red and white umbrella billowing in the wind. Through the door the atmosphere is a mix of stone walls, climbing plants and a courtyard with an actual flowing fountain. I headed for the terrace, climbing the narrow stone stairs, uneven in places.

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Hope you enjoy a small portion of my article about this lovely tea garden in Malta.  Hope you come back to see more of my lovely photos from Malta

Gozo’s Timeless Salt Pans

The small island of Gozo offers some of the oldest heritage sights in the world. The Xwejni Salt Pans have been mined the same way since Roman Times.

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Gozo is part of the Maltese Archipelago, and much smaller than it’s sister island, Malta. The tranquil island is much greener, and life is dictated by the seasons.

On the north coast of Gozo, just west of Marsalforn, the 350 year old rock-cut saltpans protrude into the sea. These coastal pools stretch for 3km along the ragged coast. Our full day coach tour around Gozo included a ride on a trackless that took us along the coastal road

Gozo is a small island, 14 km long and 7 km at it’s widest point. There are 12 villages and 1 town. As our coach wound through and along the hilly roads I noticed that the size of the village did not restrict the size of the church. Ghrasi, the smallest village on Gozo, with a population of 560, sits in the shadow of huge Parish Church that was dedicated to Corpus Christi on 9 January 1916

In was mid afternoon by the time we loaded on the train. We travelled, slowly along the coastal road, I stared out at the amazing sight of the rocked carved pools, enjoying the fresh sea and the slight breeze drifting in. Our local guide explained the process as I photographed shot after shot.

The salt mines are surrounding by some rock formations eroded by the wind and rain into unique forms………..

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This is small portion of my travel article about Gozo’s salt pans. Come back next week and I’ll tell you more about our trip to Malta.

Follow in the Footsteps of Malta’s Knights Templar

 Next to the Knights Templar, probably the most well known group of Crusader knights were the Knights of Malta, also known as The Knights of St John.

hallway inside the Grand Master Palace
hallway inside the Grand Master Palace

The famous Knights of St. John left their mark on small island on the Mediterranean, called Malta. To gaze out on their fortresses and wander through their palaces is a dream come true for many history seeking tourists.

Our journey started in the magnificent residence where they made their home. The Grand Master Palace is located on Valletta’s main street, Triq ir-Repubblika.

the ornate ceiling inside the hallway
the ornate ceiling inside the hallway

You can read about the rest of my journey in my travel article.