Tuesdays of Texture : Week 3

St Pauls Anglican Church, Malta

St Pauls Anglican Church, Malta

Bringing back memories of a family wedding in Malta last July, and the smoke of fireworks in the air over the cathedral.

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Thursday Doors : Seen Better Days

Old houses in Malta

Old houses in Malta

This week, my doors are from Valletta in Malta, a row of old traditional houses, with the type of  balcony that is seen a lot in this area, giving extra space to the upstairs room.  Even though the houses are quite old, they look freshly painted and the owners still take pride in their houses.

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The Colour Red : Sunday Stills

Freighter in Valletta Grand Harbour

Freighter in Valletta Grand Harbour

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Red boats stand out, especially against the grey stonework and the blue, blue sea, in Valletta Harbour, Malta.

poppies popping up

poppies popping up

And these red poppies are just wonderful, and remind me of summer heat.

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A Photo A Week Challenge : Perfect Sky

Church of Our Lady, Valetta, Malta

Church of Our Lady, Valetta, Malta

This is my idea of a perfect sky, as blue as possible, which means warmth and holidays and good times, and if there is scenery and history thrown in, so much the better!

Let's party!

Let’s party!

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A Long Way Up, A Long Way Down : Wordless Wednesday

A long way down

A long way down

Weekly Photo Challenge : Symbol

Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, and like its neighbour Italy, it is mainly Catholic, and the locals tell us that there are 365 churches on the island.    Everywhere you look there is a church or a dome of yet another church, and you can hear church bells morning and evening.

St Pauls Anglican Church

Church of St Pauls Shipwreck

The church above is dedicated to St Paul, who was shipwrecked in Malta, and is a symbol of the great devotion the people here have for St. Paul, with many churches and places dedicated to him.    This photo was taken at dusk, when there were fireworks over the church, you can see the smoke in the air.   Anyone who has visited Malta will be familiar with the fireworks and festas, which take place in some village or other every weekend, to celebrate their patron saint’s feast day.

When we were flying into Malta a few days’ previously, in the darkness there was a spectacular display of fireworks below us as we came in to land – I think they were put on to welcome us to Malta!!

Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Church of Our Lady of Liesse

My second church is another symbol of Malta, and Valletta, the Church of our Lady of Liesse, in the Grand Harbour.   It has a special meaning for us as my daughter got married there last week, so to us it will always be a symbol of love and happiness, and our whole family (usually scattered all over the world) were together in one place to celebrate.  One day we hope to go back there and remember that magic week.2015-07-01 18.46.50

Sunday Stills : White

I just got back from my daughter’s wedding in Valletta, Malta so of course there was a lot of white – especially the beautiful bride!  There was also a lot of partying, under sunny blue skies and with blue and turquoise seas, but for now, here are a few white boats we came across.

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Valletta in the Evening Sun

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta

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