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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, November 15, 2010

Of Bridges and Stairs

 Valletta (34) 

I know that comparisons are odious but, for some reason, I cannot help but compare cities. And sometimes, without even meaning to, I find myself comparing our old capital city, Mdina, to our current capital city, Valletta. Both are beautiful in different ways and while I feel that I know Mdina like an old and loved friend, I have not explored Valletta that well – perhaps because it is a young upstart when compared to the older capital which has been around for at least 3000 years. But I am slowly making amends and walking around Valletta with a camera in my hands and trying to make up for lost time. That’s how I cam across this wonderful little place aptly named The Bridge Bar -  because at the foot of the stairs …

Valletta (28)

… a bridge crosses the road below.

15 comments:

  1. Wow..beautiful ..how gorgeous..thanks for this gem of a post!

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  2. What an interesting place and view! Hope you go back soon to bring us more tales about Valletta. That is a gorgeous climbing vine (bougainvillea perhaps?)

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  3. Beautiful... The house I grew up in, we had that plant- bougainvillea, right?

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  4. Such beautiful architecture... the wood window boxes are so very charming, and the green one fits right in with bouganvilla flowers!

    Love these photos, Loree!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  5. Two very different views, both so nice.

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  6. What a lovely place! I would love to go and have a drink there. I always enjoy visiting Malta through your lens!

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  7. Such unique architecture, Loree. Beautiful! Loved the balconies, shutters, bay windows, bridges and stone steps!

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  8. Neat how the bridge leads right to the bar which is snugly set in next to the stairs. Valletta is a lovely city, worth exploring!

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  9. Thank you very much for visit my blog and lovely comment!
    Best Regards!
    Changli

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  10. I remember the first time I discoverd this bridge - I fell in love with that area - it's so different from the modernised central shopping area.

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  11. it is sad to admit how ugly my city (Manila) is compared to both Valetta and Mdina, which are both exquisite based on the pictures you post.

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  12. Very interesting views of Valletta, reminds me of Rome and smaller towns in Italy as Genazzano. Brazil also changed its capital sixty years ago. Moved from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia. I confess that I think this is a shame because Rio is much more elegant than Brasilia.

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  13. Hi Loree...just popping in to say hi..i loved this post! thanks for always leaving such nice words for me..you are truly so sweet and kind! i think you are an amzing photographer, I admire your work.. and envy your beautiful shots..gorgeous! Hope you are having a lovely week..and wishing you lots of sparkles and joy always!
    Kiki~

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  14. I love these warm colours of the south! Hugs from Luzia.

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  15. Fun - did you pop in for a beverage? Love the flowers and bridge. Very unique!

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