The Malta experience – on the wings of the ‘Maltese Falcon’…:-)

Malte – bref aperçu… histoire, catholicisme, verrou stratégique contre l’avancée des Turcs en terre chrétienne, architecture grandiose, charité, identité culturelle, la 4e flotte du monde… son destin a basculé au 16e siècle avec l’arrivée des chevaliers de l’ordre de St-Jean de Jérusalem, devenue l’île des chevaliers de Malte et surnommée “le boulevard de la chrétienté”… celle du “Faucon maltais”(avec Humphrey Bogart aka Sam Spade) et de Corto Maltese, le célèbre personnage-BD de Hugo Pratt… 🙂 située à une centaine de km de la Sicile et à environ 350km des côtes tunisiennes et libyennes, la géographie de l’île méditerranéenne explique en partie son histoire… voici l’ultime halte du sud de l’Europe avant les rivages de l’Afrique du nord et de l’Orient;

ce mini-archipel est composé de Malte et Gozo, entre elles se trouve l’îlot de Comino. Vue du satellite, Malta ressemble à un gros rocher aride, aux tons gris et dorés, cerné par une mer turquoise; ni rivières, ni montagnes, ni forêts! Son relief est d’origine calcaire avec des côtes déchiquetées, falaises et baies… quant au maltais actuel – un mélange d’italien, d’arabe et d’anglais, il est langue officielle, mais très difficile d’accès, car d’origine araméenne(supposée être la langue du Christ!) et il fait partie des langues sémitiques parlées en Sicile et Italie du sud jusqu’au XIe siècle, la seule écrite en latin. Heureusement que l’anglais est la 2e langue du pays parlée et utilisée partout! 🙂 N.B. La République de Malte, ex-colonie britannique, vient de fêter ses 50 ans d’indépendance en présence du Prince William.

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Malta – short overview… history, Catholicism, strategic bolt against the advancing of the Turks into Christian lands, impressive architecture, charity, cultural identity, 4th fleet in the world… its fate rocked during the 16th century after the arrival of the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, turned into the island of the Knights of Malta – called “the avenue of the Christianity”… and that of the “Maltese Falcon”(with Humphrey Bogart aka Sam Spade) and Corto Maltese, the famous character of Hugo Pratt’s comic strip… 🙂 situated about 100 kms from Sicily and about 350 km from the Tunisian and Libyan coasts, the Mediterranean island’s geography partly explains its history… here’s the final stop-over of the southern Europe before reaching the shores of North Africa and Middle East;

this tiny archipelago consists of Malta and Gozo, between them there’s the small island of Comino. Viewed from the satellite, Malta looks like a big barren rock, with gray and gold shades, surrounded by a turquoise sea; no rivers or mountains or forests! Its relief is made of limestone with rugged coastlines, cliffs and bays… as for the current Maltese – a mixture of Italian, Arabic and English, it’s the official language, but very difficult to access because of its Aramaic origin(supposed to be the language of Christ) and it’s part of the Semitic languages ​​spoken in Sicily and southern Italy until the 11th century, the only one written in Latin. Fortunately, English is the 2nd language spoken and used throughout the country! 🙂 N.B. the Republic of Malta, a former British colony, has just celebrated its 50th independence anniversary in the presence of Prince William. P.S. more here: http://www.visitmalta.com/ – poetic bonus: 🙂

Shores of Malta – Rita Simpson

Rhythmic swaying of peaceful waves
Tides align with the influential moon,
Lapping gently on wave-beaten shores
Of frothy seaweed and golden limestone.
Dazzling, too-blue-to-believe waters
Mirrored in the bright afternoon,
Eroded shores ancient with history
Keeping its secrets of thousands of mysteries.
Within honeyed walls that echo through time
Are whispers of old that try to be heard by modern age man,
Who is so out of tune and his instincts low,
Not keyed to the earth.
Age-worn battles of power abide
Never realising that they’re against the tide,
For the Earth surely in its finest hour, will win its opponent in war,
And seal them in through Earth’s activity.
A very good and fitting cemetery.

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Posted on 23 September 2014, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. wunderschöne Aufnahmen zeigst Du uns von Malta, das reich an historischer Geschichte ist und viele archäologische Raritäten aufweist. Tschau! 🙂

  2. Good summary, Kak! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the intro and background of Malta Melanie. Being a Freemason, I seem to recall that Malta has links to The knights of the Red Cross as depicted in your pics, think they were aligned with the Knights Templars as well. Cheers, Emu aka Ian

  4. Many Israelis visit Malta… we will do it, too one day.

  5. deci eu ce sa mai inteleg… draga melani… ca e asa o imbinare aici de malta, cald, vin…rosu…(branzuri ai adus de la francia?) amor… la mine iese… insarcinata sigur!!! si cum da “sarcina nu e boala, e dragosteala”, eu as face o “fetita” acolo ce zici??? sa ma incerc???(hi, hi, hi!)

  6. wow, Mélanie, I’ve never been to Malta but I’m so curious about it! Do you suggest to me to go asap, isn’t it? maybe next summer! 😉

    • summer months are terribly hot, more than 40°C, so THE best season is springtime, not too hot and sunny days – especially on Gozo which is covered by daisies and daffodils… but (end of) September and October are fine, too! 🙂

  7. Un superbe voyage grâce a toi, merci ma chère Melanie. Douce journée, je t’embrasse, Liz ❤

  8. Malta… 2 decembrie 1989 întâlnirea dintre Gorbaciov şi Bush – declinul comunismului în Europa! Prea multă istorie, relief ostil… dar sunt convinsă că nu dăunează amorului! Chiar pare incitantă ideea… (ha-ha! Nepoţii mei ar spune cu reproş… sau poate complice – “Uite unde-i fuge gândul lui Buni!!!” Imaginile sunt totuşi promiţătoare pentru un amator de călătorii, iar pe tine te prinde de minune felul în care te-ai îmbrăcat: eşti tânără şi frumoasă! Aştept să mă uluieşti din nou cu tot ce este mai spectaculos în Malta! Imbrăţişări!

    • da, am citit istoria Maltei înainte de-a ateriza aici… à propos de “amor”, comentariu’ tau mi-a inspirat postu’ despre Gozo… 😉 cât despre ce-ar gândi nepotii(sau alte persoane!), e treaba lor, nu a noastra: cei mici(tineri) cu ale lor, noi restu’ cu-ale noastre… am zis! 🙂 Aurora, tineretea-i o stare de spirit în primu’ rând si mi-s îmbracata “normal”… mille merci & hugs back… ❤

  9. Mulțumesc pentru această nouă și interesantă călătorie în care te-am însoțit cu gândul în imaginile și informațiile pe care le-ai prezentat. Malta este frumoasă și plină de istorie încât este o sursă de inspirație și îndemn pentru a călători. Numai bine și o zi frumoasă!

    • cu bucurie si cu placere, Geta… da, asa-i: Malta e pitoreasca si interesanta de vizitat, ceea ce facem de când am aterizat aici si peste tot… 🙂 multumesc pentru vizita-ti amicala, aceleasi urari si calde salutari malteze!

  10. So Kate didn’t get to be the guest of honour in Malta after all. 😦

  11. Bonjour Mélanie et merci pour ce petit voyage. Certains de mes connaissances me font le plaisir de m’appeler Corto Maltese. C’est rendre grâce à mon amour du dessin et à mon profond attachement à Hugo Pratt, cet auteur inspiré. C’est me charrier gentiment sur ma casquette de mari… J’aime toutes les îles de la Méditerranée. J’irai, c’est sûr… Comme je fus à Venise, dont Pratt était originaire: je hante ce qui me hante. Bonne journée et amitiés. Hervé

    • avec joie et amitié, Hervé! oui, je sais que tes amis te surnomment Corto Maltese… il semble que le célèbre personnage, né d’un père anglais et d’une gitane n’a jamais mis les pieds à Malte… 🙂 amicales pensées et à+, Capitaine HA! 🙂

  12. A man that elongates his short fortune line on his palm with a knife and after that goes across to live the world. I think my favorites are the stories about the Corto in the second world war. They are very human and people is just people and not stereotypes. They have an echo of the beautiful stories wrote by Argentinian genius Hector G. Oesterheld (and some drawn by Pratt too in those times when he lived there) Looks like a nice place to begins a maritime adventure! ^_^ 🙂

    • I’m really impressed, Francis: you do know Corto Maltese! admiration and respect, Sir! yep, Malta could be the island of any adventures and experiences… btw, Maltese wines are excellent, cheers! 🙂

      • Well, yes, I do! 😉 He published directly in Argentina, and the comics from there were the most popular in South America. Said that I like to read the adventures of Corto but definitively I’m crazy for wines @_@, I’m going to add them to my list of wines that I have to taste at least once (Bordeaux wines are in that list! 😉 Cheers! 🙂

  13. Excellent slides, Melanie, and a very interesting text! Thank you! 🙂

  14. Love the crystal clear water. 🙂

  15. Io ho messo mi piace ma… non parlo non leggo inglese! 😦

    • un vero peccato per te, Marta, perché l’inglese è parlato in tutto il mondo ed è una lingua molto facile da imparare… questi ultimi decenni, l’inglese ha dominato il pianeta e parlare e scrivere è necessità pura e semplice! non è mai troppo tardi, così coraggio e fortuna! 🙂

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