All over Malta you will see great and fancy door-knockers and here in Mdina they had even been a bit more special in my opinion. These 5 pics here are the very best of my collection of Door-knockers in Mdina. Most of the larger ones are totally fixed nowadays to the doors, but some of them are still fully functional!
Kinnie is a maltese non-alcoholic soft drink with a bitter sweet taste. It is made from bitter oranges and several aromatic herbs.
The drink was developed by the Malteses company Simonds Farsons Cisk in 1952 as an alternative to Cola.
My first encounter with Kinnie was on the Air Malta flight from Zurich to Malta, where I ordered a Kinnie to drink. The flight attendant only served me the drink after I had tasted it and confirmed that I really wanted it.
I must admit that it really tastes bitter and unusual, although if served cold it seems to be a very good alternative to other soft drinks.
Like in most countries in Europe Electricity in Malta has 220 Volt, but the plug might be different from the one that you use in your homecountry and so it will be the best to take an adaptor-plug with you, because even the big hotels obviously dont have a single plug in the rooms for the ordinary plugs of Europe.
Charging your batteries etc. will only be possible when you have the right adaptor like in my photo
During our one week on Malta we saw quite a few stray cats.
They can be found everywhere from busy towns to rural villages, near harbours; under cars or on benches.
The stray cats are usually used to street life and offer a very good photo opportunity.
I took the featured photo in Mdina/Rabat where actually 3 cats were sitting on a bench.
Malta is a member of the European Union since May 2004. On the 1st of January 2008 Malta adopted the Euro as official currency, which makes travels for people coming from the Eurozone much easier.
The Euro replaced the Maltese Lira (MTL), which was in circulation since 1972. The fixed exchange rate between the two currencies is 0,429300 EUR/MTL.
The backside of the Maltese Euro coins carry three different designs: The Maltese cross on the 1 and 2 Euro coins; the Maltese coat of arms on the 10, 20 and 50 Cent coins and the Mnajdra temples on the 1, 2, and 5 Cent coins.
As not like many old cities in Europe, here you will night see people wearing skirts trying to seduce you to take photo of them for a high price ;-) Here you can just see occasionally some knight’s uniforms.
This old method of trasportation was rendered obsolete by the car and bus. However, one can still take a ride in these horse- drawn carriages to see the sites around Mdina.
I had a small conversation with horse - my dear Pierre had fun for sure:D
I do like the name plaques of the streets. Just had to take a photograph to show you.
Could not think where to put this little gem, so put it on the local custom tip. Sorry folks if it is the wrong place.
Mdina was originally named Melita meaning "honey" by the Romans. Then when the Arabs took over ,they renamed it Mdina from the arab word "medina" meaning "walled city" The proper pronunciation of this city is "im-DEE-nah "