Mdina, Malta


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Mdina was the old capital of Malta and dates back to the 8th century BC when it was founded by Phoenician settlers. If you wish to read more about the history of the city, click here. Read More

The Miracle at the Parish Church of Mosta


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The circular-shaped church at the village of Mosta in Malta has an interesting history. Its design was/is based on the Pantheon in Rome, and the church was built over an existing older parish church which was later demolished. The Church is also referred to as The Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady or The Rotunda of Mosta or The Mosta Dome.

The most famous incident in the church’s history, a miracle according to the Maltese, happened on 09 April 1942. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicate


Thanks to AC for this week’s Delicate challenge.

MB sticks with his son’s wedding of a few days back to meet the challenge:

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The Wedding of K&S


MB was in Malta in recent days for the wedding of son SB to fiancé KL.

Malta was selected as the wedding venue following the decision not to have the occasion take place in either of the home countries of Ireland and UK, and what an inspired decision that proved to be. The venue was a 200-year-old traditional Maltese farmhouse and surrounding grounds called Ir-Razzett L-Abjad, which is situated in the inland location of Iklin, approximately 20 minutes drive from the capital city of Valetta. It makes for quite a spectacular wedding venue.

MB will not go into Maltese history in this post (or any other!) which is vast, particularly in respect of the Knights of St John, The Order of Malta, the eight-pointed Maltese Cross, the unsuccessful Ottoman invasion and siege of 1565, the many spectacular churches and cathedrals, and, of course, the multiple locations that Malta has recently provided for the Game Of Thrones TV series. And much more. As this post is about a wedding, MB is aware that the ladies will only want to see some pics!

MB will not show any personal photos of family or friends, as he has no permission to do so, but will instead try to convey a sense of the occasion and venue with a small selection of more general pics, and hopes and son SB and new DIL KB (formerly KL!) will not kill MB for doing so!

Long life and happiness to the S&K.

Herewith:

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Street Art


Thanks to Patti for this week’s Street Art challenge.

MB was up at 5am this morning on the island of Malta for a photo tour with a local guide. Amongst the many great locations visited was the colourful fishing village of Marsaxlokk where the local Municipality are doing their bit to add to the local colourful culture.

The below shot Nr 1 shows the public seating along the quay painted in the same colours as the traditional Maltese fishing boats sitting in the adjacent water.

And what exactly are you doing in Malta MB???

Another time lads!

Regards.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Harmony


Thanks to Tina for this week’s Harmony challenge.

MB came across a great group of drummers beating in harmony in Budapest a few weeks back.

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It’s the weekend


Paint a painting. Or sing a song. Go for it!

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Less if More


Thanks to Amy for this weeks Less is More challenge.

MB reverts to his Budapest trip for a shot for this weeks challenge.

The 4m high bronze statue of the Virgin Mary and the child Jesus is one of the better-known statues in the city. Its located on the front wall of the elevated Buda Castle, and is facing the Danube River and Pest side of the city below. The fact that the baby is slightly forward from the mother is supposed to signify the virgin birth, as MB has discovered.

MB’s shot is hopefully of the ‘Less is More’ variety, with the majority of the photo taken up by the blank overcast sky overhead. But overall, it seems to work.

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Sri Lanka


The awful events of Easter Sunday just past reminded MB of his trip some years back to stunning Sri Lanka. He met only with huge kindness and smiling friendly faces from all SL natives, regardless of creed.

MB had a particularly great few days in the company of mountain-top Haputale guest-house owner Mr Ali and family (Muslims) and Mr Sanath (Buddhist), a great friend of Mr Ali.

MB has read in recent days of some of the negative repercussion of the Easter Sunday killing of members of the Christian community. It will resonate with many Irish people who, like MB, lived in the UK during ‘the troubles’ of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. It’s relatively easy for a minuscule number of extremists to sow hatred and division and intolerance and fear, and those are ultimately some of the primary goals. But in the end, the vast majority of all people and peoples are decent and good, and evil inevitably looses out one hopes. But in times of grief and strife, the light at the end of the tunnel can be somewhat dim. The recent days killing of lady journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland, following almost 20 years of relative peace and ‘putting all that shit behind us’, is proof that there will always be a few who believe ‘my beliefs uber alles‘.

So MB just hopes and prays that Mr Ali and Mr Sanath and their families are well at this time.

The story of MB & Mr Ali & Mr Sanath, with many SL pics:

https://michealdebarra.com/2013/08/23/sri-lanka-time-for-tea/

Qatar International Dates Festival


See also earlier post of this evening related to the same topic.

Further photos:

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It’s the weekend


Qatar is under air and land blockade by certain neighbouring and regional states since 05 June 2017. But Qatar survives and life goes on.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creativity


Thanks to Amy for the Creativity challenge.

Do you know the story of the Peppered Moth dear followers?

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St Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest


Speaking of damaged religious buildings……………… Read More

Of Fire and Ice


A number of recent-day world and other events seem intertwined with the life of MB. Read More

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Delicious


Thanks to Patti for the ‘Delicious‘ challenge. Read More