The Maltese Cross

photo by Anne Pflug
The Maltese Cross as jewelry

In the last blog, I photographed the Maltese Cross on the flag used on ships registered in Malta. In other uses, the Maltese Cross is a major subject of jewelry featured in tourist shops as well as high end jewelry stores. As a tourist enters a jewelry store in Malta, she is surrounded by many versions of this cross, in gold, silver or enamel.  The most common version is the filigree as the illustration above shows.  Filigree jewelry is a Maltese specialty and that style really shows the cross at its best.  I’m sure that most Maltese ladies have at least one version of this cross as a pendant, earrings or bracelet.  It is a beautiful addition to anyone’s jewelry box.

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An American cruise ship entering Valletta

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The Maltese flag on an American cruise ship

It’s always so exciting to see the nautical Maltese flag on a cruise I’m taking, even ones not  to Malta.  Although the official Maltese flag is white and red with the George Cross insignia, seafaring vessels sport a different version.  This flag, red with a white border and the Maltese cross in the center, is one you’d find on any seafaring vessel registered in Malta.

Not sure about others but I do know that Celebrity Cruises registers its cruise ships in Malta and I always look for that beautiful flag.  It’s usually flying on the same deck where we breakfast.  To me, it’s a beautiful sight!!

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A tragedy in Gozo

 

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The Azure Window, Gozo

It was indeed sad news.  The famous and beautiful Azure Window, in Gozo, Malta, has succumbed to a wild storm that tore it and plunged it into the sea on March 8, 2017. This very famous tourist attraction had been eroding for some time and met its end when Malta was hit by rough seas and stormy weather. The Prime Minister of Malta said that it was indeed a sad day when this happened. The Azure Window  had  been featured in the “Game of Thrones” premiere. It must have been an awesome sight when this 92 foot high limestone arch simply dropped into the sea.

I am so glad I was able to see it before tragedy struck.

 

A man stands atop the cliffs where the natural structure known as the Azure Window collapsed,  at Dwejra on the island of Gozo, Malta, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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On to Gozo

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The Citadel being updated

Gozo is a smaller island than Malta.  It is considered a more relaxing place to go if you want to simply get away from it all. It is greener and more rural. One of the high points in a visit to Gozo, and my main interest, was The Citadel.  Also known as the Castello, in Victoria, it has been  inhabited since the Bronze Age.

The area on which the Citadel rests was originally believed to have been the acropolis of the Punic-Roman city of Gaulos. I’ve also read somewhere that it also was once a pagan temple to one of the Greek gods.  A lot of history in this place. And, as happens with most of these ancient structures, it is now being refurbished, possibly to make it more tourist friendly.

We met a lot of tourists who could not make the climb in the hot weather we had that summer.

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Scuba Divers at the Blue Grotto

photo by Anne Pflug
Scuba divers getting ready to dive

 

Still on the rocky west coast of Malta, divers congregate to explore the underwater beauty of The Blue Grotto.  As I am not a diver, I am unable to describe the underwater scenery but I did speak to some divers, just returning from their dive, and they were very impressed with the beauty of the surroundings.

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A Rocky Coast

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Malta’s western coast is very rocky

Traveling on the west coast of Malta is a complete change of vistas.  First of all, it is not well populated. Second, it is extremely rocky; possibly  why it is not too crowded.

Driving on the few roads on this side of the island takes one to exotic views of ancient rock formations.  This side of the island is also where the Blue Grotto is located. The few roads here are also very hilly and one needs a good map to find specific places as there are not too many signs.

However, it is definitely worth visiting here.  It is truly beautiful!

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Plenty of Sailboats

A Marina near Valletta with a dajhsa on the lower left.

It is obvious that there are many “sailors” in Malta. In this Marina, close to Valletta, one can see a variety of sailing vessels and yachts from a variety of countries, in the Mediterranean and beyond. Interesting to note, the dajhsa, a Maltese boat used by ancient fisherman and still in use today, is a sharp contrast to the sailboats, with all their  amenities, that sail the same waters. The dajhsa is the typical Maltese boat with “eyes” painted on the prow for “protection” and is seen throughout the island.

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