In Malta: Open Air Markets & Shopping!

I reached Malta “sola” 48 hours before the group arrived.  I was on assignment and eager to venture out into Valletta to experience first hand everything I had learned in books.  I was so excited to do so that I got lost for 4 straight hours without drinking or eating anything and nearly passed out from the intense heat (+120 degrees Fahrenheit), it was African heat.  Other than my thirst for history, art, archaeology, I was fascinated by the open air market located on the street parallel Republic Street showcasing handmade Maltese lace primarily in white, ivory or black and the many traditionally Maltese goods so typical of the place.  Shopping in Malta feels simultaneously like shopping in an “Italian like” mercato but the bargaining techniques resemble more those of Northern Africa.  If this doesn’t work for you (I get particularly excited by the theatrical act of those who partake in the bartering and in the conversation behind the bargaining factor itself), many European like shops are all around and will satisfy your every whim!  Soon, we’ll take a photographic walking tour of Valletta and Gozo to learn even more about these two incredible islands in the heart of the Mediterranean!   Buonanotte, a presto.   Francesca

A walk in Valletta, Malta  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
A walk in Valletta, Malta {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Maltese lace/Open Air Market in Valletta, Malta  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Maltese lace/Open Air Market in Valletta, Malta {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Open Air Market in Valletta, Malta {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Open Air Market in Valletta, Malta {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Shopping in Malta!   {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Shopping in Malta! {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Bottega Maltese  {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Bottega Maltese {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

 

Shopping around Republic Street, Valletta, Malta !   {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}
Shopping around Republic Street, Valletta, Malta ! {Copyright Francesca Mignosa}

Raggiunsi Malta da “sola ” 48 ore prima che arrivasse il gruppo.  Ero curiosa e desiderosa di scoprire in prima persona cio’ che avevo imparato in libri.  Ero infatti cosi entusiasta che mi persi per 4 ore di fila senza bere o mangiare nulla, quasi svenendo dal calore intenso ( 120 gradi Fahrenheit ) , era caldo africano.  Oltre alla mia sete di storia, arte  archeologia, ero affascinata dal mercato all’aperto situato sulla via parallela a Republic Street dove era esposto pizzo Maltese fatto a mano principalmente in bianco, avorio o nero cosi come numerosi oggetti e souvenirs tradizionali maltesi tipici del luogo.  Fare shopping a Malta e’ un’esperienza simile agli acquisti che si possono fare in un tipico “mercato italiano all’aperto”  anche se le tecniche di contrattazione/baratto somigliano più a quelle del Nord Africa.  Se questo non e’ il vostro stile (io mi diverto particolarmente sia nell’atto teatrale che avviene in questo scambio sia nella conversazione durante quegli istanti), troverete sicuramente negozi in pieno stile europeo per ogni gusto e capriccio!  Presto faremo una passeggiata “fotografica” a Valletta e Gozo per imparare ancora di più su queste due isole incredibili nel cuore del Mediterraneo ! Buonanotte , a presto. Francesca

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Yvonne Maffei says:

    I loved this article, it was all about you and your experiences there. Do you have a twitter account or do you use it often? How about Instagram? You should def. use those for your travel and food pics!

    1. Ciao Vonnie and thanks for your comment!!! I like to use just “enough” technology, facebook and blog are manageable for me at the moment…..thank you, F

  2. journeyfiles says:

    Ciao Francesca! What a great article! I study Italian, so I was particularly happy to read your bilingual post :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! And happy to know my blog can help you in your pursuit to master Italian :) Happy blogging and travels! Ciao :) Francesca

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