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Malta Family Adventure in Valletta and Paradise Bay – Switzerland Family and Travel Photographer

Last time I promised you a trip to Malta’s National Museum of Archaeology to view just some of the treasures discovered in the ancient temples of Malta.  I was particularly interested in the findings from the Tarxien Temples as we planned to visit there the following day. Conveniently located in the car-free district of Valletta, the museum is easy to find and access.  It’s difficult to describe the wonder and fascination I felt at seeing these ancient relics, some as old as 3600 BC. These symbols have inspired me for decades, since seeing the documentary film Goddess Remembered nearly 30 years ago. I was not disappointed in the least and especially loved being so close to the relics and seeing the enlarged photos of when and where they were discovered.  The spiral theme is ever-present as are representations of the female form (some with interchangeable heads!) as well as a timeline which illustrates the age of the temples compared to other ancient wonders such as the pyramids and Stonehenge. Malta has a long and complicated history with many different cultures laid one on top of the other. In addition to the gorgeous temple artifacts, I was especially amazed to see up close an example of the first written alphabet attributed to the Phoenicians.  Not surprisingly, when I lived in the US I was fascinated with old Europe’s history.  Now that I live in Europe, I have become fascinated by ancient history.  I feel a completion of sorts having been to the museum and the temples – which I will share in my next post.  I realize that one of the reasons I’m a photographer is that my images speak louder than my words, but I hope this post has inspired you.  Perhaps there is a place you’ve dreamed of going; a place that inspired you and that you feel passionately about.  It’s my sincere hope that at some point you get there.  As I recently found out – it’s worth the wait.

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