While I was in Malta I went to quite a few museums:
1. The Malta at War Museum (at Couvre Porte Gate, Birgu). After being shown a wartime propaganda film ("Malta GC" - narrator Laurence Olivier), you're given a hard hat to put on and taken down into a warren of tunnels, which is fascinating, and brings wartime Malta really to life - the smell of the earth, the birthing room, .... I got the impression that it's run by a group of enthusiasts :)
2. The National War Museum (in Lower St Elmo, Valletta), with original guns, searchlights, the fuselage of "Faith" (one of the cekebrated Gloster Gladiators), parts of a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt, etc. Very interesting indeed
3. The Malta Maritime Museum (in Birgu). Also interesting, but could maybe do with more organisation seeing how much there is there. There's an amazingly elegant British naval cutter, and an impressive model of a Grand Master's magnificent galley
4. The Inquisitor’s Palace (in Birgu). Mostly about furnishings, etc, but there are some other things too, with a small inquisition room that you can peer into,. equipped with a small selection of instruments of torture. The lady on the front desk, who's obviously got a special interest in such things, thinks they're pretty mild stuff, though. There isn't a rack or a thumbscrew, but there's a thing to crush your ankles.
5. The Archaeology Museum (Auberge de Provence, Republic Street, Valletta). Wonderful. Everything a museum should be, including small (it only has prehistory), select, and letting you think for yourself. It complements the prehistoric sites - it's about the thinking and religion behind the stones. The famous Sleeping Lady found in the Hypogeum is kept there.
6. The Grand Master’s Palace (Valletta). Absolutely stunning. I knew that in theory the Grand Masters were sovereign princes, on a par with other European princes, but I'd never imagined magnificence on THIS scale. Normally you go round with just an audio-guide, I think, but I managed to latch onto a group from a German naval ship in the harbour being given a private tour.
The exhibition of arms and armour that you come to after touring the palace is more interesting than that sort of thing usually is. You learn a lot about the science of armour.
There's a good gateway site giving the full address, opening times, etc, of all these museums and others. It's http://www.visitmalta.com/museums
Traditional Maltese Boats
These colourful Maltese boats are referred to as dghajjas were largely used to ferry passengers, especially sailors, from their ships to land, and vice versa. More recently, they are used for fishing. Like the Maltese cross, they are a symbol of Malta.
The boats, painted in the traditional colors or blue, yellow and red have the eye of Osiris painted or carved on the bow. This symbol is said to have been brought to Malta by the Phoenicians. This seems to suggest that craft of this type must have been common in the harbour since the time of the Phoenicians and Carthaginians.
Favourite Fishermans catch "The LAMPUKA FISH"
The sea that surround our Island of Malta is one of the routes that the LAMPUKA fish takes seasonally and now is also being fished by our neighbours the sicilians.
Fish farms are also sprouting on the coasts around Malta.
RELIGION CUSTOM - FIESTA TIME
MOSTA CHURCH DOME
This is the most remarkable church in MALTA due to its Dome. It is reputed to be the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world.This church is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and was designed bt George Grognet De Vasse.His plan was closely based on that of the Pantheon in Rome.The foundation stone was laid on May 30 1833 and the church took 27years to complete....it is a fact that during the second world war during an air raid the Luftwaffe dropped a huge bomb on this church penetrating the dome and landing in the middle of the church while a mass was in session with lots of people inside......nothing short of a miracle as the bomb didint go off......a replica of this bomb can still be seen inside the church.
When we Maltese do a Fiesta...we do a real one with no expence spared...i mean thousands of Euros are spent on fireworks in one village fiesta alone which is given generously and voluntarily by its parishers.
Its mostly a religious feast with events held inside the churches themselves but then most of the feast takes place on the outside as well through the main streets of the village or town itself.Band marches all day...confetti...youths and parishers celebrate and sing all the way in front of the band and make merry and chanting their patron saint anthem followed by fireworks display all day.
crucifix - tree
Going up the hill for Mdina there are trees on both sides of the street. One of these trees is very special. If you look close it turns into a crucifix.
The tree is on the right side when you travel up the hill and it is after about 3 quaters of the way up.