MB had previously travelled to Malta in November 1989 to watch the (Italia 1990) World Cup football qualifier game between Ireland and the home nation. Ireland needed to win to qualify and did so 0-2, compliments of two John Aldridge goals.
MB returned to Malta for the second time last week for the wedding of son SB to fiancé KL, which featured in a previous post.
Knowing that Malta was a rich photo-opp venue, MB decided to travel a few days early and get in some of the sites. All the below shots were taken between 5.30am and 10.00am on a photo tour taken by MB and are of well-known popular tourist havens.
Views of Mdina.
A small landside view of the Dingly Cliffs, which are obviously better viewed by boat tour.
MB’s guide described the below rock as one of the five ‘islands’ of Malta. MB is not sure if said guide just consumed too much alcohol on the previous evening, as the ‘island’ looks more like a large rock to MB.
This ‘old church and cross’ location is a place of barefoot pilgrimage on Good Friday of Easter weekend. MB did not record the name, but it’s close to the cliffs.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Malta’s most popular tourist sites with multiple boat tours for snorkelling, diving and cave exploration available. MB does not like boats or water, and was more than happy to just take a few shots from his high vantage point.
Fish Farming complex next to Marsaxlokk fishing village.
Marsaxlokk fishing village (pronounced ‘Mar-sha-lok’).
Valetta Harbour and the Independence Monument, which celebrates Malta’s independence from the UK in September 1964.
Valetta harbour is bounded by the city of Valetta on one side and by the three older (smaller) walled cities of Birgu, Senglea and Bormla on the other. The below shots show the very narrow streets of Senglea.
Views of Valetta from across the harbour.
Close-up view of the harbour wall of Valetta shot through the windscreen of the car of MB’s guide.
Valetta harbour views. Much of the movie Gladiator was shot in the area on the right of the below pic.