This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.


Monday 16 August 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Shop Front

Up to now I have mostly shown you Valletta in sepia. But our capital city boasts its own bursts of colour. Like this bright red shop front in lower Merchants’ Street.

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True, it is decaying and it has been locked and barred for years. But I dream that, one day soon, the wood will be restored and it will be re-painted in a gleaming new coat of ruby red paint. Sometimes I dare to dream that this shop will be mine and I will fill it with eclectic treasurse created by true artisans and in one corner I will have a section for vintage items, lovingly restored, waiting to find new families that will cherish them once more … I am such a dreamer.


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of a little corner of Valletta. For more Ruby Tuesday posts from around the world, please visit Mary at Work of the Poet.


  1. Very interesting textures and designs on this shop front! It seems to have so many possibilities of coming to to life again! Great perspective!

  2. Gorgeous!! I so love this...awesome!!

  3. I've read somewhere if you dream, dream big!! The red door popped out from the brownish gray color of the wall. Thanks for sharing!
    A Chevrolet red pick up

  4. Your dream sounds wonderful! This is a lovely image!

    Our little town is currently in the process of rehabbing its historic district, although it is nowhere near as ancient as your beautiful building. Keep the faith - it may happen! =)

  5. Hi again!

    Your photo has brought bcak so many good memories of my childhood years on Malta!

    Happy RT!


  6. Oh Loree, this is a wonderful dream. Open that shop and I will come. Your photos are beautiful in sepia and in technicolor, too!

    So happy to see this post as I have already walked virtually in the streets of Valletta with GoogleMaps. Not the same as being there (hahaha).

  7. There's nothing wrong with being a dreamer!
    I love the worn patina of the red paint against the stone and I love your idea of what could be inside. I'd shop there for sure. :)

    Thanks for your visit. :)

  8. Beautiful shop front Lorree.

  9. Lovely old fashioned, just perfect!

  10. Thanks for your comment :-) We are all dreamers. I hope your dream one day will be relity. Good Luck.

  11. How nice ! I have been in Valetta when our Cruise ship stopped there and there were elections and the mayor shaked the hand of my husband, lol I have that on video !

  12. a great shot of a great entry.

  13. Congratulations for your photos! I like the precision of your pictures! bye Mahon...

  14. I hope that you will be able to bring this marvelous storefront back to life and fill the store with the treasures you dream about!

  15. Loree, I will wait to visit until it cools off just a little bit -- hah! (It's about 33 to 34°C here today!) Thanks for your comment on my blog.

  16. Hi Loree..thanks for always sparkling my day! hope you have a beautiful wkd! Hope you don't mind but I'll be doing a spotlight post on my fave photographers soon and you are in it!
    have a happy day!


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