Day In Valletta
The gates seen from inside the walled city.
Once we were inside the walled city, we wanted to savor a bit of Valletta for a brief moment, breathing in the air. We stopped a few feet from the gates and took in the charming city that was enclosed by the imposing walls. Briefly, I noted impressive old buildings and the mostly pedestrianized city streets from where I was standing. I was most fascinated by the facades and made a mental note to snap at doors and windows - looked like a goldmine for these photo subjects.
First thing on our check list - the only one - was visit St. John's Co-Cathedral. But before we could even walk a few feet from the gates, my attention was caught by these boards posted on the facade of the building to the left. It looked like giant chalk boards with poeple's writings on chalk - words of wisdom - some were in Arabic (I'm guessing) and others were in other languages. I lingered to read each one. I don't know if the writings were by prominent people or by ordinary tourists/locals. I was very interested to find out about these boards, its origins, its purpose and intention, and if they change the writings on the boards and if they do, how often, and how they select whose words go in the boards. I know I know, silly little thing. But it got to me. Thought it was pretty neat to have tourists, travelers, and visitors read those or even leave their words behind for others to read and mull over. BUT there was nothing online that I could find to answer my questions. If anyone knows about this, can you please leave a comment here? Thanks, much appreciated
My favorite quote or writing is by one Lara Chetcup (can't make out the last name clearly) who wrote: "Why stick to the same tastes when there are other flavours to savour?" Exactly my point.
To be continued..........................