Traditional Maltese boats are colourful and on, sunny days, cast pretty reflections in the water. The local fishermen have different names for the boats, depending on their type and size. Personally I cannot tell a luzzu from a frejgatina or a dghajsa, but whatever their name, I find them fascinating. It is thought that the design of some of these boats dates back to Phoenician times, the only exception being that these days motors are use instead of sails.
Nowadays these boats are not as plentiful as they used to be. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep the colours fresh and vibrant and the number of people who make a living just by fishing dwindles every year. I do hope though that, for generations to come, these boats will continue to bob gently on the sparkling blue waters of our harbours and bays.
I cannot believe it has been well over a month since I posted here but, in my defence, we were away on vacation for over three weeks and then I had to deal with the aftermath of a long vacation – unpacking, laundry …. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my first post for the year.
I did, and that first photo reminds me of your husband's painting :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful post Lorna.......and I agree with Leslie......Darin caught the colors and inspiration well from these beautiful mode of transportation.ReplyDelete
Oh I just love Mediterranean boats, they are so colourful!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures and what cheerful painted boats !!ReplyDelete
I suppose a sail is like a motor -- its engine the entire jet stream!ReplyDelete
Absolutely delectable photographs, Loree. Thank you.
Such bright, beautiful boats, and what a joy to see the water. (I've been in farmland too long!)ReplyDelete
Love the colorful boats! You make me want to visit Malta so much!ReplyDelete
These are just great photos!
I am wondering why are the boat is such colours? Is there a reason behind it? I couldn't find any explanation on the web.ReplyDelete