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Azure Window

On the island of Gozo is this wonderful spectacle where the land meets the sea.

On the Road to Mdina

Quite a nifty little jeep that took us all round Malta, both on and off road. The city of Mdina can be seen in the background.

At this point I should thank Andrew who was tireless in his efforts of transporting me round the islands. I could have wished for no better guide - his knowledge of this country is second to none.

The Silent City

Mdina is known as 'The Silent City'. It is easy to believe that this is due to the often deserted, and narrow streets.

Is that the only reason? Read The Mdina Touch and find out for yourself...

The Opera House

The ruins of the old Opera House can be seen on the right of the photograph. Destroyed by bombs in the Second World War, the shell of this once magnificent building is now used as a carpark.


Grand Harbour - Valletta.



St Pauls bay and Bugibba are the main holiday accomodation areas for tourists. Almost a purpose built complex with sometimes startling contrasts. Some of the back streets and the rear of hotels offer a sight that differs greatly from the beautiful coastline.

Mdina. The old Capital of Malta overlooks some lush farmland.



Mdina is known as the "Silent City".

It is easy to see why when you see these photographs of narrow, deserted streets flanked by the almost windowless walls of tall buildings.


An enjoyable mini-adventure is to take the ferry to Gozo and explore Malta's Sister Island.

Xlendi is a tiny village at the head of a landlocked bay. To the right of the photograph you can see the "Nun's Steps" zig zagging up the side of the mountain.


Looking back on Xlendi from the top of the "Nun's Steps" you can see the building that houses the "Moby Dick Cafe" where Steve Parker sat looking out to sea in "The Mdina Touch".


A cliff top path leads from the "Nun's Steps" around to a secluded cave where the sea washes in to form a pool. Nuns from a nearby convent used this pool to bathe in the sea where they would not be overlooked.

Part way along the path is a gate that the nuns could lock after they had passed through to ensure their privacy whilst bathing.

Public transport in Malta is provided by ancient buses. The ones in the photograph are relatively modern compared to some.




The Palace of the Grand Masters at Valletta.

The drab exterior belies the magnificent splendour of the rooms, apartments and corridors within.

St Lazarus's Curtain - Grand Harbour. "Where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours."

The onetime wealth and grandeur of Valletta is reflected in the magnificent galleries or balconies that overhang the streets. I have never seen anyone use these but I am sure they watch from behind the curtains!


Local legend says that the shallow treads of the steps in Valletta was to allow the knights, when suited up in their armour, to climb them. Unable to bend their knees they would shuffle up in a stiff legged gait swinging their leg first out to one side and then forward onto the next step.


The Popeye village. I once used three rolls of film taking photographs of this film set, such is the quaint beauty that I didn't want to miss one part of it.

The entranceway to the Rotunda Church at Mosta.


All churches in Malta are the receptacles for the wealth of generations of Maltese families. This church in Mosta is no exception. The interior is palatial.

The mighty dome is rivaled in size only by St Peter's in Rome and St Sophia's in Istanbul.

The ruins of the Citadel on Gozo where refuge was sought from the turks. The cathedral is just visible on the left.

"Fungus Rock" just off the shore of Gozo was forbidden territory. The red fungus that grew there was prized by the Knights as a cure for dysentery and haemorrhaging..

This is a mysterious little shelter along the barren coastline of western Gozo.

The "Inland Sea" provides a welcome harbour for boats during stormy weather.




Rabat, the sister town of Mdina, has a vast network of catacombs. The most famous is St Paul's Catacombs dating from the 4th and 5th centuries.

There are, however, some older catacombs, parts of which remain unexcavated and uncharted. It is these that feature in "The Mdina Touch".

It is easy to become disorientated and its possible to wander ever further into the network of tunnels and become hopelessly lost. With no natural or artificial light these catacombs are not a place for the faint hearted - You will only be able to see for as long as the batteries in your torch last.