Valletta, Malta's capital


Old Bedford bus, customized to the owner's taste, but serving as part of Maltese public transport




Statues of saints often adorn Malta's corners, believed to protect locals from harm


Many public buses in Malta feature hand-painted labels, blessings ('God bless us all') and mottos


Fort Saint Elmo, a fortification in Valletta previously protecting the island from invaders.




Mom and baby


Fort St Elmo


Wings (on a Maltese bus)


Watching the world from a bench in downtown Valletta


Entering a residential building on Republic Street (Triq Ir-Repubblika)


Many Maltese buses are owned by their drivers, and customising the interiors is very common, often including religious (Christian) items (the Order of St John had its seat on the island for centuries, and the Military Order of Malta is still a prominent international charity organisation)


A Valletta lighthouse by St Elmo


Mailboxes in a crumbling but beautiful residential building


Illuminated Maria




A local


The Times (of Malta)


'Paradise', claims this bus at Valletta's bus station


Passengers - sadly streets are often narrow, steep and bad quality, so travelling by bus in Malta can be a shaky experience


The British ruled the island from 1800 for more than 150 years, which has left a lasting legacy: signs are in English (even in remote areas), most people speak English (as well as the local, Arabic-based Maltese language) and there are many 'British' things, like these red phone boxes


Saint with a dog


The Valletta seaside with one of its steep alleys


A former shop?




Many streets in Valletta have a San Francisco-like steepness


The bus station (essentially a multi-lane roundabout) just outside Valletta is a wonderful spot to watch all sorts of vintage (and less vintage) buses wooshing past


Colourful balconies are a common feature of Malta's residential buildings - they were apparently built so women who stayed at home could watch what was going on in the street. This building had a tad too many of them.


'Welcome aboard - good luck!' - the Maltese bus experience


The uninhabited island of Filfla off the coast of Dingli


The 100m high 'lower' cliffs of Dingli (there's a terrace - filled with farms and shacks - between the lower and higher cliffs, which can be seen below)


On top of Dingli's cliffs on the western coast of Malta




Narrow headland with a dirt track running along it


Dingli's a popular spot for tourists, though the bad quality of the roads means it's easier to get around in a sturdier vehicle (though we recommend renting a bicycle)




On the road on the Triq Panoramika (Panoramic Road)


The Dingli coastline


Customised Maltese bus


Vintage bus


Cacti and flowers in a mini balcony garden


Casa Roma Flats - giving a house such a name would be a cheap marketing stunt in most countries, but Malta's proximity to Italy and the countries' often shared history could actually explain the name


An interesting dog


Typical Maltese house with a typical 'Maltese balcony'


Jesus saves


The capital, Valletta, as seen from Sliema across the bay


Maria - a lot of houses have such religious symbols next to their gates


Sliema seaside


A street in Sliema


Going for a swim in the icy waters of a Maltese winter (temperatures ranging between 10 and 20 degrees)




In the nondescript seaside village of Xghajra


By the sea


The Mediterranean Sea


Road across the barren landscape leading to Marsaskala


A sunny winter afternoon in Vittoriosa


Senglea, part of the fortified Three Cities complex across the bay from Valletta


Houses in Vittoriosa


Counting the days - the former Inquisitor's Palace is now a museum where one can visit the cells where people were imprisoned (usually briefly though) for various things that the Church considered a crime


Old lady


Bighi Hospital, where many wounded soldiers were tended to


The colourful fishing boats of Marsaskala


Marsaskala harbour


Traditional Maltese produce


The beautifully preserved (and nearly car-free) streets of the medieval walled city of Mdina






View over Malta from the hilltop town of Rabat


Animal Welfare car in an industrial satellite town of Malta


Football pitch near an education centre mostly attended by African refugees

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