There is a lot of history in the Mediterranean, and the island nation of Malta (Republic of Malta) is the focal point for a lot of it. And while Malta is actually an archipelago consisting of many islands (many not more than large rocks jutting from the sea), only the three largest are inhabited. The island we’re on today is Malta Island, and the city we’ll be exploring is the capital Valletta.
The cruise ship port in the Grand Harbor is alongside an area called the Valletta Waterfront. What is today a retail complex with stores, restaurants, and bars dates back to the 18th century.
The Valletta Waterfront is but an appetizer to what you’ll find later, but for now let’s just concentrate on this area. Notice above the bright colored doors green rails of the balconies, and multicolored shutters set against the soft yellowed stone masonry. It’s and really fun contrast. In the shot below you’ll see wood-enclosed balconies, which seems to be a feature of the architecture here in Valletta. These balconies are called gallarija(see: Mysteries of the Maltese ‘gallarija’)
You’ll be seeing a lot of these gallarija during our tour of Valletta, but here’s a closeup view to whet your appetite:
Walking along the waterfront, we encountered one gentleman who was preparing to test his newest R/C boat model. He was quite excited that I correctly identified is as John Kennedy’s PT-109, since he had yet to place the decals on his pride:
There were other, larger vessels awaiting digital capture here, as well:
We’ll venture out beyone Valletta Waterfront starting with some images on this week’s Fun Photo Friday, and start talking about Valletta in earnest next week. Until then, here are some samples of what awaits: