A tragedy in Gozo

 

photo by Anne Pflug
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

This blog annevisitsmalta.com enhances my book Return to Malta by visiting most of the places mentioned in the book with color photos. The book is available through Amazon and other book stores.

Finally, my book!

 I would like to announce the recent publication of my book, Return to Melita, a travelogue and a memoir.

This book is a compilation of several trips I have made to Malta, the land of my birth.  I usually went there with friends and/or relatives and visited many tourist attractions and places of interest.  I tried to include comments made by new visitors as well as my recollections from the past, when I lived there.

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

You will note that I changed the title to Return to Malta.  I did this to make access to the book  easier on Amazon.  Melita was the original name of the islands, given by the Romans, many years ago.

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

Hope you enjoy both!

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!

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

 

 

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.

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

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.

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

The Temples in Tarxien

photo by Anne Pflug
Megalithic Temple

This temple, dating from around c.4,000 to 2,500 BC is located close to the place where I lived in Tarxien.  In fact, my friends and I used to play among the now protected and untouchable rocks when we were young children. This was before they became tourist attractions. I still remember seeing blood stains, from sacrifices on the altar rocks.

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

A Maltese Balcony

photo by Anne Pflug
a Maltese Balcony

Wherever you look in Malta, you will see a variety of balconies.  Some are made of wood and usually enclosed (see the various street scenes) while others are created by combining designs made out of metal.  The Maltese love to spend part of their day sitting in their balconies.  They enjoy the fresh air and seeing the activities outside their home. And, there is usually a cat or a dog enjoying the outside with them.

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