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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (of 2015)

The end of the year (the beginning of the new year in the case of the late and lazy, like myself) is invariably a time of stock-taking: in the case of shopkeepers, literally. 559 more words


The Great Siege: Malta 1565

The Great Siege: Malta 1565

I’m sitting on a rooftop terrace in Valletta, the town founded by and named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, Grand Master of the Knights of St John some 500 years ago. 214 more words


Marvellous Malta

Our week in Malta is almost at an end. Tomorrow we fly home – probably to grey skies and rain – and normality will resume. We’ve been ‘out and about’ every day and taken hundreds of photos of a variety of sites on both Malta and Gozo. 1,061 more words

Travel And History

The Knights of St John in Malta : The Siege of Malta 1565


It was Friday the 18th of May 1565, when the watchmen on St Angelo and St Elmo sighted the Turkish fleet approaching the Maltese Islands. As soon as it was seen the pre-arranged… 669 more words


Malta, Balconies

I was going to write something about these wonderful wooden box balconies but then I came across this blog post and I was convinced that I could do no better than direct you here…

Maltese Balconies


Torphichen Preceptory - stone-cold but compelling

Why is it that the places closest to home are the ones that get overlooked on your list of where to go?

I’ve been dimly aware of an old church at Torphichen for a year or two now, and every so often I would look at it online and think, “That would be a good idea for a Sunday afternoon out.”    And then I’d forget about it again.  2,198 more words