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.
The following day found us in the completely different environment of Paradise Bay. Malta has so many gorgeous and very clean beaches, several of which are Blue Flag Certified. The waters are crystal clear with great snorkeling and good sand. Even late into October when we were there, the water was relatively warm (even Mama had no problem getting in for a swim). Paradise Bay also has a lovely restaurant, a snack bar and good bathroom and shower facilities as well as a shop where you can buy anything you need for the beach. The real bonus at Paradise Beach is the family of semi-wild cats who hovered around us and our lunches and were happy to exchange a quick petting for a bit of tuna.If you are planning your own adventure soon in Switzerland or nearby France, why not schedule an adventure photo session? Adventure sessions also make great holiday gifts. Just send me an email to book your session or inquire about gift cards – firstname.lastname@example.org. In the spirit of adventure – Kate.