This business trip took me to the capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta, Valletta. This was my first time to Malta and I enjoyed it very much. A typically mediterranean town especially at this time of year – hot, dusty, rocky. I found the language fascinating as it was very difficult, for me, to place. You could hear influences from the Latin and Arabic languages.
A week long meeting where I would spend the bulk of the day within a building listening and talking to people. So inspired by my post from Edinburgh I decided, over the course of the 5-day week, to enter street photography mode for the approximate 1 mile walk from the hotel to the University buildings where our conference and meetings were taking place.
Having never been there, I didn’t know what to expect of Valletta, but I quickly found that I really liked the town. It has character and charm, and more besides. Arguably, the island is most famous for receiving the George Cross from George VI following the great siege it suffered in WWII. A replica of the letter from the King bestowing the award is inscribed on the walls of the “Grandmaster’s Palace”.
The doorways and shop fronts in Valletta are both colourful, expressive and indivudual.
There are numerous alleyways connecting the streets.
And at this time of year, typical of Mediterranean islands I find, people do their best to escape the heat of the day while still being out and about.
In 2018, Valletta will be a European Culture Capital.
I liked Valletta very much, and I hope to return there with more time on my hands to explore the rest of the island of Malta.