It’s not often that I visit Valletta but a few days ago I took the ferry to Malta’s capital. Here, most of the side streets are narrow and some also very steep. The best way to get around is on foot, which I did.The entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and selected as the European Capital of Culture year 2018. The city became the capital on 18 March 1571.Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It’s the “modern” city built by the Knights of St John, a masterpiece of the Baroque. It’s also one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
More to come….
Small details on a wall with at least more than one rectangle. Franks weekly Photo Challenge – Rectangles
When comparing this type of architecture with my header showing the view of Valletta, it’s hard to imagine that when I took that picture I had these high-rise blocks just behind me.
Valletta is today one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
It doesn’t seem likely that today’s buildings will have such a long history in the future.
Both images above are from a suburb outside Stockholm in Sweden. I myself prefer the one with the blue sky. Although both images give an exciting impression of the difference between seasons in the northern Europe.A farmhouse in Gozo, Malta.
Maltese residential buildings.This was how it looked when I grew up outside Stockholm and this is how it still looks in many suburbs.
Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge / Places people live in
In Ta Qali National Park, there aren’t only lots of different kinds of plants, trees, birds, insects and picnic areas.There are also many stairs, leading to nowhere, except from where you came.Posted for Son of a Beach’s Which Way Photo Challenge
Yes, I’ve been away, again. This time I went to my hometown in Sweden for a few days. I had lots of ideas what to do and what to see, but in three days I didn’t make much of it. I met my three sisters and I met a blog friend that I never met before. Thank you Annette 💕we had much to talk about and time flew too fast.
The images above has nothing to do with the text except that they are two of very few I took during my visit in Stockholm and the fact that these are not to be found in Malta. What you see are two chimneys, lines, signs, a blue sky, colors and angles. No remarkable about that, all depending on how you look at the pictures.
…I walk, I look, I see, I stop, I photograph!
Every picture tells a story, even though the viewer doesn’t always know what lies behind.
When I moved to Malta in 2000, there was no such modern architecture on the island.
The old houses are often well-preserved with a genuine Maltese architecture. Today, modern structures at Tigné Point strongly contrast with the buildings in Valletta as well as with most of the towns on the island. The only building that had a modern style when I moved here was the Portomaso Business Tower which opened in 2001. With its 97 meters it is still the tallest building in Malta.
The construction industry is currently booming here in Malta and new high-rise houses are being built almost everywhere. Hopefully they are also thinking of preserving as much as possible of the old houses, otherwise Malta will lose a lot of its charm.
Why did I photograph an unknown man who for an unknown reason walks in an unknown place.Memories – Santa Monica – Los Angeles 2014.
My favorite place is where I live my daily life on the small island of Malta. But after almost eighteen years in this country, another favorite place is my former hometown of Stockholm in Sweden. It´s exiting to be like a tourist and explore what’s new and to visit old favorite places from where I have so many memories.Riddarholmen is an island in Mälaren and a district in central Stockholm, belonging to Södermalm’s district. The island, together with the Old Town, constitutes Stockholm’s historic center.It´s not easy to choose but The Old Town, Gamla Stan, is a favorite place I always try to visit.
Here the alleys are long, many and narrow. It has happened that I’ve almost got lost.A visit to one of Stockholm’s food markets is a must. This is from Östermalmshallarna.At Södermalm you´ll find many old well-preserved houses. You almost get a feeling of being moved to the countryside, though you are in the middle of the city.
The only time of year I try to avoid visiting Sweden is during the winter. But when you see these, you know that spring has arrived! The best time of the year to visit Sweden is in the summer.…and when you see this, you get another proof of Spring, or at least almost. As soon as there are degrees above zero and a blue sky, you’ll have to sit outside if you’re in Sweden, even if it’s only 10 degrees.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Favorite Place
Photo Challenge by Frank/ Dutch Goes The Photo
Saint Julian’s, Malta.Florence, Italy.
Riverbank Suite, Hilton, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and Kuching City Mosque. Not exactly in that order 😉
Goodbye to all the amazing people we meet in the market and on the streets.
Symbols, Culture and traditions.Kuching, a city in harmony, as written.
I almost forgot the amazing animals! Proboscis and OrangUtans are only found in Borneo, and there are lots of different kinds of birds. The rainforest in Sarawak is unique, these pics are from my last visit in Borneo.Hopefully our flowers look the same as when we left Malta five weeks ago.I’m not worried I just hope everything will go well. I’m looking forward to come back home to Malta. Then, after a week fly to Sweden and pick up our new family member Fanny, it will be fun and quite exiting!
Windows and reflections in Kuching, Sarawak.Windows in Kuala Lumpur.Windows and reflections in Kuching, Sarawak.
In my next post I will choose some more traditional windows.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Windows
A new building seen from our sixth floor terrace. Here I like the straight lines.
Fertilizer for our plants, every week.
An old building, a scene in Popeye Village here in Malta. Worth a visit for both adults and children.
Click on an image to enlarge. To each image there’s a short text.Faith, a necessity whatever it is based on. Faith in the Mediterranean when the sea is calm. Or rent a bike. When I moved here seventeen years ago there were no bikes on the streets.And absolutely no apps either.
These are just a very few pics from another lovely weekend here sunny in Malta, where I chose the theme blue. More to come…
Examples of Malta’s architecture.
Fun in the sun at the Mediterranean Sea.And finally, one of all the beautiful flowers that bloom here on the island.
Click on the small pictures to enlarge, enjoy Malta 🙂
In this weeks challenge we will focus on the tactile element of the objects we shoot, whether it’s one distinct quality, softness, smoothness, graininess or any other texture we find interesting or, a combination of several.
As usual, I couldn’t choose only one. All pics are taken in Italy, Sweden or Malta. It´s a mixture of walls in different shapes and textures. Walls made of bricks, stones or wood. Smooth, hard or painted in soft/strong colors. If you take your time and really look at all pictures, you will find one that is not a wall 😉 Enjoy!
You have to click on an image to enlarge!
Weekly Photo Challenge
Fler bilder från Gozo, den här gången från Victoria, öns största stad om än liten. Även här måste du nog klicka på bilderna för att de ska komma till sin fulla rätt. Till varje bild finns en kort text, ordningen är slumpvis. Enjoy 🙂
Do not forget the hat! They are available at the small square in Victoria where you can also sit down and relax with something to drink, watch the street life and maybe buy a small souvenir on the market.
A small old town house in the middle of Victoria. Close to everything but still, far away from traffic and tourists.
A not so typical Maltese old balcony, but I like the mix of architecture.
Walking around and explore the narrow alleys of Victoria is an exciting and interesting experience.
A typical Maltese old balcony, or, at least half of it..
A typical tourist street that is also well worth exploring.
The streets are narrow and many, making it easy to get lost if you walk away from the tourist area. Which you should…
Maybe, there’s a shoe store here…
In Victoria you will find both interesting architecture, ancient preserved buildings and very friendly residents.
Here`s some more pictures from last weekend in Gozo, this time from Victoria, the largest city on the island. If you like, take your time and click on an image to enlarge, to each image there’s a short text. The order is random. Enjoy !
Enkelt men snyggt för jag tycker verkligen att det här är snyggt. Tegeltak, den fina takkupan, faluröd fasad och vita fönsterkarmar. Enkelt, för inte var det särskilt svårt att fotografera men det finns inte att hitta på Malta.
Det blev många bilder under veckan i Stockholm där jag helst gick runt på Södermalm. Mariaberget och Bastugatan med utsikt över Riddarfjärden eller på andra sidan Götgatan, vid Mosebacke och Cornelispark. Känns som en gemytlig miljö att promenera runt i med kameran där nytt delar plats med äldre bevarade hus. Känns nästan svårt att föreställa sig att bakom det här huset sträcker stora delar av Stockholm ut sig. Från Stadsgårdskajen över vattnet på andra sidan där bl.a Djurgården med Gröna lund och Skeppsholmen syns.
Återvänder till mina bilder från besöket i Stockholm för någon vecka sen. Det här finns inte att hitta på Malta. Varken när det gäller färg, byggnadsmaterial eller arkitektur och därmed finns här inte heller några takåsar.
Eget tema 5: Takåsar
Tröttnar nog aldrig på att vandra runt i de äldre bevarade kvarter som finns kvar i Stockholm. Bakom varje hörn ligger ofta ännu en gata gömd värd att upptäcka. Som här, vad finns att se utmed Långa gatan på Djurgården ?