Maltese Monochrome: Signs

The terrace of the Gunpost Bar in Valletta is self-described in this sign as ” The Most Beautiful Spot”. Having sat there on many occasions gazing across the harbour which it “guards” I would agree.

As part of the ancient fortifications of the city , dating back many centuries, it was most recently used as a Gunpost in WW2.

My father was in the RAF and spent some time in Malta in the early 1940’s. He probably stood in exactly the same place as I did when I took this picture. How different everything would have been then.

Malta Signs: Gunpost Bar ©HelenBushe

Fort St Angelo dates back to the early 13th century, though I doubt this sign was there then:

Malta Signs:Throw Nothing ©HelenBushe

Whilst Malta has been an independent country since 1964, there are still many signs showing British influence, and written in English, which is the second language of the Maltese people:

Malta Signs: Confectionery ©HelenBushe
Malta Signs: Gravina Paint Store ©HelenBushe

Malta is a strongly Catholic country with the most amazingly ornate churches. If you’ve ever wondered who puts all the gold leaf on the artefacts and gilds the statues….. it’s Joe and his son:

Malta Signs: Gilders ©HelenBushe

This last sign caught my eye! I’m not quite sure what they mean by “Active Ageing”, but it sounds better than just “Ageing” or that word I’ve come to dread as I don’t feel like I am ……. “Elderly”.

Malta Signs: Active Ageing ©HelenBushe

All images ©HelenBushe, taken on iPhone and processed on laptop using LUMINAR 4.

This post was inspired by Cee’s Black & White Challenge : All sorts of Signs

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