Postcards from Malta

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

Our three weeks in Malta flew by. When we weren’t baking in the sun, we were trying to entirely avoid it, as the temperatures reached well into the 40 deg C range with the intense humidity.

We explored in spurts. Sweaty, tiring, spurts. Then we would retreat to our room and park ourselves under the blessed air conditioning, waiting for the sun to withdraw into the night so that we could venture out again to explore and eat.

That left us with little to write about, really. But it created a stockpile of pictures to save up for what has become our favorite post from every place we visit – our postcard series!

Our first sweaty excursion was to the island of Comino, where we opted for hiking instead of being squished like sardines on a tiny beach.

Comino, Malta

The small seaside town of Marsalforn was perfect for us when staying on the island of Gozo. Everything was within minutes of our hotel, so we could dive back in for reprieve from the heat when needed.

The harbor view from our patio.

Marsalforn Sunset

Empty Bench on Gozo

Pete woke up one morning before dawn and climbed to the statue of Christ just outside of town.

Christ the Redeemer on Gozo

Plenty of photo op’s while on our road trip of Gozo

Azure Window

Xlendi Bay, Malta

Sannat, Malta

Ramla Bay, Gozo

Ta' Pinu

Back on the big island of Malta, the capital city of Valletta is full of gorgeous views and more enthralling history than we ever expected.

Valletta at Dusk

Valletta at Night

Saluting Battery - Valletta, Malta

Mellieha at Dusk

Could this man be any cuter?

Accordian Player

Some sights will forever be reminders of our time there.

Malta's Fishing Boats

Gozo Town

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    1. Thanks Lindsay, like I keep saying, I need to contact a postcard printing co. and see if they are interested in any πŸ˜‰

  1. Wow. Absolutely loved this. I’m considering heading to Malta in October, and this was a lovely vicarious trip (and may have tipped the decision scale).

  2. Absolutely stunning as always! I REALLY LOVE ta’pinu! AND I would love to climb through those rocks -Azure!

  3. I am really loving this postcard series – your photos are SO stunning and these postcard mockups really let you feature the best, most iconic views of the places you visit!

    1. Thanks Steph, very kind words. We had a lot of photos to choose from this time as our posts were not that photo heavy. It was difficult to narrow the choices down.

  4. What a fabulous post! Shows us the beauty of Malta! Lovely captures, glad you had a great time there.
    Have a wonderful sunday:)

    1. Xlendi Bay was a nice little find on our roadtrip thru Gozo. I too wish I was swimming there right now πŸ˜‰

  5. Beautiful Malta, I’ve been thinking about visiting but recently I’ve been too busy with other trips and projects. I would love to explore Malta under a “Templars point of view” πŸ™‚

    1. That would be an excellent way to explore the island. There is so much history that we were unaware existed there. Hope you get there!!

  6. Love the picture of the canons. It looks like a giant, life-sized game of Battleship. I’m guessing that big boat is probably in square A7.

  7. How do you get away with writing “sweaty, tiring, spurts”. I giggled a lot. I think something is wrong inside my head.

    Ahem. Great photos! As always πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Christy. I had to get up early for that shot when there was nobody around and the light was perfect. It wasn’t our favorite place but I have to admit that it is pretty damn picturesque.

    1. Thanks Amanda. This is one thing that I am working very hard on improving. I see photos that come from Sherry Ott and I think how I can learn from her and make my photography better.

  8. Seriously gorgeous photos! You’re making me want to go back to Malta! (Actually I already looked at flights for Christmastime, and it’s sooo expensive!)

    1. We managed to fly fairly cheap into Venice from Malta, if you can get yourself there overland, perhaps you can save money that way!

  9. Wow, amazing photos!

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I am already hooked. I will keep following your travels and waiting for more pictures πŸ™‚

    What camera/lens do you use?

    1. Hi Pamela – welcome! Thanks for your visit and comment!

      We use a Canon 600D with a couple of different lenses. We’ll be updating our photography page soon to include our entire equipment list, so that will be available soon!

  10. You may be receiving some offers from the Maltese Tourist Board sometime soon… Easy to forget how beautiful this place is when you’ve been living here for a while.

    1. Great photos!! Indeed, after all these years in Malta, you almost don’t realize anymore how incredible the island is. Thanks guys for showing how amazing Malta really is. Next time when you’re in Malta, feel free stop by our English Language School!

  11. Hi there!

    So crazy to visit in summer if you want to do some sightseeing. Spring and Autumn (but even winter) are fine with great mild temperatures, but even the locals wait out the summer days I find mediterranean heat much more difficult to deal with than Equatorial.

    I was born and lived in Malta for 23 years. Summer was for working in airconditioned rooms, then going out after sunset in the cooler air πŸ™‚ My mum still takes a siesta to this day, and curses the sticky and hot wind outside

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