By Michael Jurick
What you are about to read and view is some of my most prized travel work. It is because I fell in love with Malta the day we landed and could not stop clicking the shutter everywhere we went. It is one of the most visually stunning countries that I have visited and would describe it as a perfect mix of ancient Jerusalem, ancient Rome and the Greek Islands. Our trip began on the island of Gozo at the Azure Window.
Malta is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago (series of islands) situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 50 miles south of Sicily, 175 miles east of North Africa. Malta is also one of the world’s smallest states and is also one of the most densely populated countries worldwide. The day after we landed, we were in Victoria, Gozo for the “Feast” a colorful religious and decorative festival of horse racing (through the streets), marching band, church mass, and then drinking, celebrating and massive fireworks.
Throughout history, Malta’s location has given it great strategic importance, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards, Knights of St John, French and the British ruled the islands. The country has been defending its conquerors for centuries. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974, however the churches and cathedrals have maintained their original influences from each of their respective rulers for hundreds of years.
While the country has a raw chiseled terrain, it more than makes up for it in the hand-painted colors of the fishing boats and garden flowers.
Join us in Malta for the photo adventure of a lifetime.
PHOTO WORKSHOP ADVENTURES
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