Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Koska sää on jo sen verran lämmin, että kohta on aika siirtyä shortseihin ja hameisiin, yritin tänään aamulla saada vähän väriä kalmankalpeisiin koipiini päivettävällä kosteusvoiteella. En tiedä tuliko rusketusta, mutta voiteen tuoksu sai ihan kesätunnelmiin ja tajusin samalla toden teolla, että reilun parin viikon päästä sitä sitten vaan seikkailaan Välimerellä. Eksyin sitten Tumblrin ihmeelliseen maailmaan fiilistelemään Malta-kuvia ja päätin jakaa kivoimmat teidän kanssa. Voi kun pääsis jo lähtemään! Matkakuume vaan kasvaa koko ajan. (Kuvat siis pöllitty Tumblrista, lähteeseen pääsee napsauttamalla kuvaa. Tekstit Wikipediasta sekä Wikitravelista.)
//Today I used self tanner for the first time this year and it smells like summer and that made me realise that in 2,5 weeks we will already be on the beautiful island of Malta! So I started looking at some pictures on Tumblr and now I'd like to share the prettiest with you. Can't wait to get there!
(The pictures are from Tumblr, you can get to the source by clicking the picture. Texts are from Wikipedia & Wikitravel)

Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. The country is an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Għawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited.

Numerous bays along the indented coastline of the islands provide good harbours. The landscape consists of low hills with terraced fields. The highest point in Malta is Ta' Dmejrek, at 253 m (830 ft), near Dingli.

Valletta is the capital of Malta. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta, and the historical city has a population of 6,966. Valletta is the second southernmost capital of the EU member states after Nicosia.

The Maltese language (Maltese: Malti) is the constitutional national language of Malta. Alongside the Maltese Language, English is also an official language of the country. Maltese is a Semitic language, though it has borrowed a substantial amount of vocabulary from the Romance languages (particularly Italian). The closest living relative of Maltese is Arabic, though Maltese is written in the Latin alphabet instead of the Arabic script.

The island of Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey. Calypso, possessed of great supernatural powers, holds Odysseus captive for a number of years because of her love for him before releasing him to continue his journey home.
Malta has a Subtropical–Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry. The average yearly temperature is 22–23 °C (72–73 °F) during the day and 15 °C (59 °F) at night. Average annual temperature of the sea is 20 °C (68 °F) (the highest in the continent of Europe). Doesn't sound too bad, right?
Valletta was one of the earliest sites inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list. Referred to colloquially as Il-Belt ("The City"), it takes its name from its founder, Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette.
The culture of Malta reflects various societies that have come into contact with the Maltese Islands throughout the centuries, including neighbouring Mediterranean cultures, and the cultures of the nations that ruled Malta for long periods of time prior to its independence in 1964.

Malta has a long Christian legacy and is an Apostolic see. According to the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, St. Paul was shipwrecked on "Melite", as the Greeks called the island, and ministered there. Catholicism is the official religion in Malta as declared by the Maltese constitution.
Malta could have been part of a great civilization of the past, possibly Atlantis. There is a theory that holds that the island was probably connected to other parts of the Mediterranean when a huge wave from the Atlantic filled the Mediterranean, causing the Biblical Flood.
16 more days to go!!
xoxo Hennah

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