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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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mdina And A Tale Of An Ancient Seductress

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It’s been a while since I’ve taken you with me to roam the silent streets of Mdina at night. I’ve written many a post about her seductive beauty but no matter how many times my feet walk those ancient streets, it seems that I always discover some new charm. From sleepy convents to houses so old that their walls could tell  a thousand tales, each sight is familiar – for I have gazed at these dwellings at least a hundred times; a thousand even.

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Yet every time she weaves a new spell, the old seductress. Some mysteries she has revealed, but others she keeps to herself, hiding them in her bosom, for some other visit, for some other walk through the echoing, cobbled streets.

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The ghosts of Mdina are always kind – benevolent, almost. And amongst the ghosts walk the shadows of my younger self as countless fragmented memories stir and take form every time I wander through her winding streets. I never know what she’ll choose to reveal, but I welcome them all – these brief glimpses into a long-lost time. And no matter how far away my journey takes me, I know I will always return to this silent city which has seduced my soul.

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As I said at the beginning of this post, I have written about Mdina many times. If you go to my sidebar and click on the label Mdina it will take you to all my previous posts and each one will reveal a little bit of the enigmatic whole. It’s story is so old that I always balk at the idea of trying to write it in a single post and, more often than not, I do not reveal much as the place takes me on unprecedented flights of whimsy every time I venture inside its gates. But I hope that slowly, over time, I will be able to reveal a bit more so that  one day you may  be able to put the pieces together to see the unbroken truth.

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Photographs of

The Streets of Mdina

May 2011

10 comments:

  1. Loree, I think this is my favorite post of yours so far. I am enchanted utterly.

    'Some mysteries she has revealed, but others she keeps to herself, hiding them in her bosom, for some other visit, for some other walk through the echoing, cobbled streets.'

    This affects me in a profound way.

    'But I hope that slowly, over time, I will be able to reveal a bit more so that one day you may be able to put the pieces together to see the unbroken truth.'

    This almost makes me weep. Beautiful writing, my friend.

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  2. Beautifully written post, Loree! A truly amazing city she is.
    xoxo, B

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  3. It had been too long, it is so beautiful and evocative.

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  4. i wish i could see this place someday. you describe it so well and with passion.

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  5. your prose here is like poetry... you've managed to capture the feelings this place stirs in you and somehow make us understand, too.

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  6. The sirens of Malta call, led in chorus by your writing and your photos. I am hungry to know more of this hauntingly beautiful place bathed in history.

    Bises,
    Genie

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  7. I do get a sense of how old the city is, but it's lovely. No doubt full of thousands of secrets.

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  8. really nice place!!!!

    have a happy weekend,
    elena

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  9. Stopping by to wish you a fabulous weekend! xoxo, B

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  10. this is glorious, loree. i look forward to more posts about your mysterious old seductress.

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