Valletta, Malta's capital

     

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

     

Faded

     

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.

     

Family

     

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

     

Thoughts

     

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?

     

Shadows

     

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

     

Watcher

     

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)

     

Dingli

     

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)

     

Valletta

     

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

     

Locals

     

Swings

     

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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