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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Harbor Cruise 2

photo by Anne Pflug
A dry dock area where various ships and oil rigs were being repaired

I was surprised to see such a busy dry dock in Malta.  I guess I never realized that there are various commercial endeavors that I had never connected with Malta. They seemed to be very busy  and, according to the various ships’ nationalities here, Malta does a thriving business involving many countries in the Mediterranean.

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Valletta Harbor Cruise

photo by Anne Pflug
On the Grand Harbor Cruise.

In Malta, on a beautiful, sunny day, a Harbor Cruise fits the bill. The sea breezes kept us cool while we explored Valletta and the Three Cities from the water.  On the left, you can see a cruise ship, dropping off tourists for a day exploring Malta. On the upper right is a good view of Upper Baracca. As always, the strong walls protecting the city are in full view.

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Time flies; Not much changes

around 1947, my sister, Mary, my nana and I on our roof
Myself, on one of my trips, on my roof

These two photos are taken 69 years apart. Both were taken on the roof of my house, when I lived in Malta. The first has myself, my sister and my nana and was taken in 1947; the other, is of myself and was taken in  2016.  About the only change is me, quite a bit older.  Houses in Malta seem to go on forever.  Not much changes!

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Old Tiles

 

photo by Anne Pflug
Really old tiles still look great today.

In the living room of my home in Tarxien, we saw beautiful tiles that had been installed by my grandmother over 75 years ago.  They were still lustrous, shiny and in terrific shape.  I was surprised to see them, still looking great after all this time.

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Memories of a WW II Shelter

photo by Anne Pflug
My sister standing on the exact spot where she was born, down in a shelter during a bombing during WW II.

Across the street from our home (see previous blog) is a patched up area enclosing a World war II shelter.  This was the entrance to a catacomb-like construction, underground, with hollowed out rooms for the families to live in, during bombing.  My sister chose to be born on one of these occasions. It was eerie to come back, so many years later and still see the remnants of the shelter.

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My house in Malta

photo by Liza Burney
My sister and I standing in front of our house

While visiting in Tarxien, we had to go back to our home. We visited the lady of the house, whose mom purchased this beautiful house from our mom. The windows in back of us are of the living room.  On the other side of the door was our bedroom. As a child, I sat on the stoop many times while my nana taught me to crochet and knit.

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