Posts tagged “Travel and Tourism

Walk: 25th May 2013

First warm and sunny day

Depart: 10:00-ish GMT

swirls of light and colour

swirls of light and colour

very shy wild goats and max zoom

very shy wild goats and max zoom

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the flying saucer has landed

the flying saucer has landed

 the end of an old friend

the end of an old friend

light and rust

light and rust

out with the old

out with the old

theinfillclicks - May-time walk, Border country

in with the new

broom-broom

broom-broom

theinfillclicks - May-time walk, Border country

pathways

wonder plant

wonder plant

theinfillclicks - May-time walk, Border country

logging track

curl of wool or goat possibly

curl of wool or goat possibly

theinfillclicks - May-time walk, Border country

bells and styles

long shot down into valley bottom

long shot down into valley bottom

At which point the battery died

Journey’s end: 12:30-ish GMT

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When is a dome not a dome?

Cathedral of the Assumption in the Citadel of Rabat,

Gozo (Ghawdex) – Malta

theinfillclicks - trompe l'oeil dome

Trompe l’oeil dome – Rabat was also named Victoria, by the British but the local population have mostly stuck to Rabat, unless talking to tourists when they might use both names

Think I took this one and Steve took the movies we’ve got of the ceiling.  He wisely went for the moving image as it seemed to capture light better and, although lower res, is less grainy than this still image.  Ghawdex I believe is an ordinary western alpha representation of the Maltese name for the island of Gozo.

Many of the Maltese we met in Valletta who were working with the tourists, seem to be able to speak in a combo of their own language, Arabic, Italian, French, English, Spanish, German and Greek  with the odd Scandinavian language thrown in.  Eavesdropping on them serving in shops and restaurants is an awe-inspiring experience as they switch from customer to customer or table to table always remembering who speaks what;  and then, when the next client comes along, rewriting that memory with the appropriate language for the new conversation.


Before the Ancient Egyptians got a-building

The Megalithic Temples of Malta

‘The oldest stone buildings in the world’

theinfillclicks - you take one end and I'll take the other

Just how big is this?  Well let’s just lift it and place it 6 inches to the right, do you think?

Have you ever been to Malta?  We’d never been before but selected it because of the history and, of course, the archaeology.

Yup, more piles of rocks.  But these you have to see to believe.  Here are a few images of a couple of Malta’s cliff top temples.

The two, on a cliff on the main island, are under ‘canvas’.

theinfillclicks - cliff top temple - Malta

Lower temple tent from path down from top one – a long, hot walk in the open.

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theinfillclicks - Cliff top temple

Some perspective of the size of the stones now, after millenia of cliff top wear

theinfillclicks - Lower temple layout

theinfillclicks - lower cliff temple, Malta

Honey glow of the stone below the tent roofing

And then there’s the Tarxien Temple, and Ggantija too, not to mention the Hypogeum (said to be the only prehistoric underground temple in the world) and all the finds in each of these.  Quite an eye opener for those of us who’ve only trawled the shallow end of the available ancient archeological info that floats around for the public.