Finally, my book!

 

Anne Fiorentino Pflug is pleased to announce the recent publication of her book, Return to Melita, a travelogue and a memoir.

The book is a compilation of several trips she has made to the island of Malta, the land of her birth.  Anne visited many tourist attractions and places of interest and comments on each.  She also names several restaurants she is familiar with and recalls her childhood and activities in most of those places.

Return to Melita is available in Kindle version as well as hard book copy and can be purchased at most book stores as well as at Amazon.com.

This blog annevisitsmalta.com enhances the book by visiting most of the places mentioned in the book with color photos.

Hope you enjoy both!

Carozzin

photo by Anne Pflug
a leisurely method of transportation

When I was a child, we traveled everywhere by carozzin  as cars were not generally available yet, in Malta. Now, tourists use the carozzins as a relaxing way to travel short distances. They are available at all of the tourists attractions.

If you enjoyed this, much more information is available in my book:   Return to Malta   available from Amazon.com

View from Mdina

photo by Anne Pflug
View from Mdina

Mdina, the first capital of Malta, was built on a hill overlooking the countryside in the center of the island.  The bastions, which  surround the city, are perfect for protection in those times when invaders were trying to conquer Malta.  The solid high walls and locked gates were the major protection in Medieval times and the bastions enhanced this security. It is obvious that anyone on ‘guard duty’ on these bastions would be alerted to an oncoming attack.    This peaceful countryside may have been witness to many battles long ago.

If you enjoyed this, much more information is available in my book:   Return to Malta   available from Amazon.com

Lunch in Mdina

photo by Anne Pflug
Pastizzi and beer for Lunch .

This is just about my most favorite lunch.  Pastizzi are a Maltese specialty.  I have tried to make them at home, from a variety of recipes but have never been successful.  They are made with phyllo dough, filled with a ricotta and peas mixture.  Although they are served all over Malta, they are especially delicious at The Fontanella, in Mdina, while enjoying the view from the restaurant on one of the bastions surrounding The Silent City.

If you enjoyed this, much more information is available in my  book:   Return to Malta   available from Amazon.com

Narrow Streets in Mdina

photo by Anne Pflug
Narrow Streets and Thick Walls
photo by Anne Pflug
Many streets are no wider than this one.

Although not all the streets in Mdina are this narrow, the majority are. Cars are pretty small in Malta but even so, it’s not easy to drive through here.

 

If you enjoyed this, much more information is available in my book:   Return to Malta   available from Amazon.com

 

 

We Visit Mdina

photo by Anne Pflug
The entrance gate to Mdina, the original capital of Malta. It dates to before the 12th Century.

Mdina is sometimes call The Silent City because of its thick walls which invite quiet.
Mdina was originally the capital of Malta. It traces its history to a time earlier than when St. Paul was shipwrecked in Malta and was said to have lived there.   It  is a medieval city with narrow streets, a gate that closes every night and is surrounded by a moat. I will touch up on more information about Mdina in future blogs.

If you enjoyed this, much more information is available in my   book:   Return to Malta   available from Amazon.com