Beautiful Malta

While London is cold, grey and dreary these days Malta is pretty warm so I decide to post a few pictures.

Malta is very photogenic and very different from my usual habitats so there is lots to “shoot” at. Especially for the Christmas trip where I had a new camera and was spending 16 days. Here is a couple of my favorite pictures and themes from this trip and others to Malta.

Red cat and wallMalta has many cats – some are pets others just roam around.

Balconies in VallettaTypical Maltese balconies can be seen everywhere.

Classical Maltese door and balconyThe decorative doors and windows begs to be admired whether they are falling apart or had a new lick of paint.

Beautiful wall statue in VallettaOld, rustic street decorations as niches, statues and signs can be found on a lot of buildings.

Big panorama from Hastings Garden, VallettaMtahleb Valley panorama2009-04-12 Risen Christ 028Beautiful panoramic views of the sun, sea and the sandstone of Malta.

And a couple of the quirky and cute ones;

Shepherd walking with his sheepShepherd and his sheep

Green Toes - garden shop in ZurrieqGreen toes!!

Japanese truckJapanese truck

Privte PropeirtyPrivte Propeirty

Last but not least I need to mention that I won two nights stay and the luxury hotel Kempinski in Gozo! They had a competition where you should write a blog post about Gozo and then the winner was found in a draw. If you are interested you can go read my piece here: Going to Gozo – A vacation within a vacation.

Cruising on the Mediterranean

…and now it started to snow – again – in London [sigh].

New Year in Gozo

Ber and the girls

To celebrate New Year’s Eve Ann and I joined Ann’s sister and boyfriend for a trip to the neighbor island of Gozo. I’ve been to Gozo a couple of times and always enjoy the quieter, green island for a break away from bustling Malta – this time it wasn’t that quiet tho.

The main venue in Victoria, Gozo

Victoria, the biggest city on Gozo was putting on a New Year’s Eve party at two of the town’s squares with some local bands playing for the evening. We saw a number of bands/acts playing cover numbers and own songs. My two favorites were Carrie Haber and Airport Impressions.

Maltese band

There was a great atmosphere with the live music, lots of Gozitans out in their best clothes, beer and food stands and pleasant weather. A very different New Year for me without any Queen’s speech, cold snowy weather, fireworks or big bell for midnight but I really enjoyed the night.

The next day we went back to Malta – again a nice boat ride in good weather.