Last November I had the opportunity to travel to Malta and second shoot a wedding with Mary Brown. More on the wedding coming soon. I had never been to Malta, but I'm always looking for an opportunity to travel so I couldn't pass up the offer. Mary and I left a cold and rainy Ireland for a cool and rainy Malta. Granted the weather wasn't quite as bad and we did see temperatures of around 20c but we also got caught in terrible floods the first night. It was a good laugh.
During our stay we rented a car and sat nav, but due to the terrible storms the sat nav had issues connecting with the satellite and we had great fun getting lost around the island. Malta is tiny. You can drive coast to coast in half an hour. So getting lost really isn't too much of a problem.
I was really surprised at the mix of cultures and architecture. Each city is completely different and there are strong European and Arabic influences mixed into one tiny island. The best thing about Malta was the fish. There was an abundance of fresh fish and in varieties unknown to me. On Sunday morning we visited Marsaxlokk fish market with everything from Shark to Lampuki. The most interesting thing about Malta is it's history. Malta played an important role in WWII when Malta became part of the British Empire and was used as fleet headquarters and a shipping-way station. In Valletta there is still evidence of British occupancy during WWII.
Mary and I stayed in St.Julien's on the east coast of the island. This part of the island has become built up with holiday complexes which in my opinion ruin the natural beauty of the original architecture. If you're considering visiting Malta and want a more authentic experience I would recommend the west and south end of the island.