This page contains albums from various trips to Europe other than the longer tours presented on this website’s other Europe related pages. Europe is always interesting and fun in large part due to the tremendous history and social diversity of the continent.
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Venezia (Venice), Italy 2010
Amalfi Coast, Italy 2010
Roma (Rome), Italy 2010
Firenze (Florence), Italy 2010
Dubrovnik, Croatia 2010
Cannes, France 2010
Barcelona, Spain 2010
Corfu, Greece 2010
The capital city of Malta which dates back to the 1500’s was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. The city is very picturesque with its fortifications (bastions, curtains and cavaliers) and Baroque palaces, gardens and churches.
Malta has a rich and rather unique history due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea as a mid-point between Europe and Africa including the Great Siege of 1565 by the Ottomans, the French occupation in 1798 and the British occupation in 1800. Due to its proximity to Sicily, there has also been a strong influence from Italy over the millennia.
Gozo is the 2nd largest of the islands of the Maltese archipelago. Some ancient Greek historians believe it to be Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey. Inhabited since 5000 BC, it is rich in history including the Ġgantija temples which are among world's oldest free-standing structures and oldest religious structures.
The Azure Window is one of its most famous landmarks and site where several movies have been shot. It is an extraordinary geologic feature - a natural stone arch formed millions of years ago when a limestone cave collapsed.
Mellieħa is a large village on the Northernmost part of Malta. First inhabited around 3000 BC, it is a picturesque town with a population of about 10,000. It is a tourist resort, popular for its sandy beaches and scenery. The ferry terminal to the Island of Gozo is nearby.
Founded in the 8th century BC by Phoenician settlers, Mdina is a fortified city in Malta. It was the capital until 1530. Today, this picturesque city within the walls has a population of about 300.
Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa (also called Birgu), together referred to as “The Three Cities”, are on the south side of the Grand Harbour across from Valletta. There are a number of historic attractions including Forti Sant' Anġl (Fort St Angelo) and the Gardjola Gardens as well as magnificent views of Valletta.
Also in this album:
- Sliema, a town located in the Northern Harbour District directly across from the north side of Valletta. It is a residential area and centre for shopping, dining and café life. It offers great sunset views of Valletta.
- Rabat, a town with a population of 11,000 adjacent to Mdina and considered its 'suburb'.
- The Dingli Cliffs off a plateau 250 metres above sea level, one of the highest points of Malta.
- Ħaġar Qim, a megalithic temple complex dating back to 3600 BC. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth. In 1992, UNESCO recognized Ħaġar Qim and 4 other megalithic structures on Malta as World Heritage Sites. Mnajdra, another megalithic temple built around 3150 BC, is 500 metres from Ħaġar Qim.