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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, February 10, 2015

Snapshots of … Traditional Shop-fronts of Valletta

It’s been a long time. But I think it’s finally time to come back here and share more of Malta with you. I’m starting off with something very close to my heart: the traditional shop-fronts of Valletta. They are hard to find these days and some of them are in a less than pristine condition. But that’s what  makes them all the more beautiful and mysterious. They make me wonder just what types of wares used to be sold behind those crumbling wooden shutters.More Valletta 011More Valletta 042Valletta (21)Valletta (78)Valletta (2)

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So tell me, which are your favourites?

7 comments:

  1. These are fascinating! The Hollywood name is a surprise, I love the color of the Persian and most intriguing is the Useful Bazaar. :)

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  2. Hello Loree,

    The peeling paint and sun bleached wood are so wonderfully atmospheric and the old shop signs are true works of art. It is a pity that many seem as if the doors have been closed for the last time, but those which are still thriving business look very jolly indeed.

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  3. Hello Loree,

    The peeling paint and sun bleached wood are so wonderfully atmospheric and the old shop signs are true works of art. It is a pity that many seem as if the doors have been closed for the last time, but those which are still thriving business look very jolly indeed.

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  4. I'd probably find myself in those shops - Hollywood and Smiling Prince. Love the names!

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  5. Lovely to see you back again.
    Those shop fronts are beautiful. So much nicer than the plastic ones we get nowadays. I do like the red doors on Legligin.

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  6. Hi Loree,

    Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. I absolutely love your photos! I so enjoy seeing shop facades from different parts of the world, and these are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, I really enjoyed this tour. :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing this. All the traditional shopfronts are nice.
    I have a company where we design all types of glass shop fronts and aluminium shop fronts.

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