Malta Island

Malta, October 2014



This trip to Malta was a homecoming. My paternal family is from Malta. My great-grandfather left Mosta to Algeria hoping to make his way there. At the independence of Algeria, my parents went to France. My father even received a letter from the Maltese Embassy to offer a return to the countries of the former Maltese nationals.
Malta is very beautiful, it is really worth seeing. I visited Sliema, Valletta, Mosta (the land of my ancestors), Mdina but also Gozo, a beautiful island with Xlendi, the salt marshes of Malsaform, Victoria (or “Ir-Rabat”) or the island of Comino. The Maltese are very believing Catholics and many churches are erected on all the islands.
Moreover, the religious monuments of Malta have a particularity. There are very often 2 clocks that do not give the same time. This to deceive the Devil:
“According to legend, this deception prevents him from knowing the exact time of the Mass and so that he does not come to disturb the faithful ones. For information, the correct time is always on the right clock, the left being considered as the side of the evil one, but, above all, do not tell him! “
I rented a quad, a wonderful machine to crossroads and appreciate landscapes, take the small roads and feel free.
The country
The Republic of Malta consists of an archipelago of eight islands, four of which are inhabited (Malta Island, Gozo, Comino and Manoel Island), and several islets and rocks. It is also the smallest state in the European Union. Malta has been coveted for many years due to its geographical position, strategic location between the Western Mediterranean and the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Arabs seize the archipelago in 870 by emptying, according to historical studies, the island of its occupants and replacing them by Arab colonists and Muslim Berbers as well as Christian slaves to better defend the island. The Normans, master of Sicily, in 1090, seize Malta. Muslims are expelled, although some may stay there by converting. Despite this, they keep their language Maltese Arabic close to Ifriqiyen Arabic, while borrowing heavily part of their vocabulary to Sicilian and Italian.
Charles V donates Malta to the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in exchange for his contribution in the fight against the Ottomans. The Order settles there for more than 2 centuries and their domination ceases when the island was taken by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798. But the Maltese call in 1800 the British for help under the pretext of the looting of property. Church by the Napoleonic troops, several unpopular laws promulgated by Bonaparte and the attitude of French disrespect strengthen the anti-French state of mind. Malta is annexed in 1816 to the British Empire. Malta gained independence in 1964 under the Commonwealth. In 1974, Malta finally became a republic with complete independence and in 2004, Malta joined the European Union. For the story, Alfred Sant freezes in October 1996 membership of the U.E. Here is a well-known name.
The pictures