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.
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.
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.
It’s not often that I visit Malta´s capital but last week I a took the ferry and spent some hours in the city. Valletta is designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2018.Some tourists and one of the public art installations depicting Maltese proverbs.To the left you see the new Parliament Building in Valletta.The architecture of Valletta’s streets and piazzas ranges from mid-16th century Baroque to Mondernism.And the entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
Here are some more of the public art installations. You must click on an image to enlarge. It is an exciting city worth exploring. But after a couple of hours walking in the heat it’s time for an ice cream.Republic Street is the main street of Valletta. It is about 1 km long and extends from the City Gate towards the granaries at Fort St. Elmo. It is mostly dedicated to pedestrians, with highly limited vehicle use.Beyond the old Opera house, it’s often crowded with people due to large selection of small shops and cafes. Daphne Caruana Galizia, the journalist who was killed in a car bomb on 16th October 2017. The memorial located at the foot of the Great Siege Monument has been wiped out more than once. But as activist Pia Zammit said: “They can remove the flowers and candles but the truth remains.”Unlike the main street, most of the streets in the city are narrow, the houses are old in a typical Maltese style.Time to take the ferry back home to Sliema. It only takes a couple of minutes and I think I´ll return quite soon.
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.
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!
Kuching is divided by the Sarawak River where locals often catch fish and shellfish. There are plenty of fish in the river and fishing boats leave the nearby harbor early mornings so you can buy fresh fish in the local market.
The Sarawak River is listed as a location of the Crocodile Removal Zones, whereby the presence of crocodiles in this area pose serious human/crocodile conflicts. In July a 2.5 meter long Sarawak crocodile meet its end. This one was luckily behind bars at a rehabilitation center when I took the picture.Getting from one side to the other is easy with small primitive boats. It takes a few minutes and cost 50 cent. A footbridge will be finished at the end of the year. That´s great for me who love long brisk walks.Sunday stroll. Having a dog as a pet isn’t common here in Kuching because of the Muslims. For some reason, they don’t like dogs. In my thoughts I can see my funny little Fanny horsing around among the dismayed Muslims 😉 ..with all due respect!
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…
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!
Wherever I was when I took this photo, it will be today’s picture.
Shortly, I will visit your website, have been too busy trying to give my site a more up to date look..
By the way, the footbridge was taken in Singapore. 😀
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 🙂
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 !
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.