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I only wish American cities could be so sexy. You Europeans are so damned lucky to have so many amazing and dense cities left.
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Wow, I have heard of Malta, but didnt realize it was so well preserved. Thats an amazing amount of "untouched urbanity". Would love to visit some day. I hope they never let a modern highrise scar those beautiful vistas. Its like going back in time and seeing the world as it was for thousands of years. Such a rare sight anymore.
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I hope they never let a modern highrise scar those beautiful vistas. Its like going back in time and seeing the world as it was for thousands of years. Such a rare sight anymore.
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This photo is just drop-dead amazing:


So is this one:
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Beautiful! But some of the shots suggest that there is too much construction in the country. I do not know much about this place, so can anyone please tell me about its population and total geographical area?
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Its tiny, but one of the densest countries in the world. I went there and was amazed at the history - theres one view from the ramparts that takes in much of all the urbanity in the country, I cant find a pic of it on the web. Its just jawdropping.

What also got me was for such a small place it has several of the largest domes in the world, a tradition for the main churches. Also I learnt the island was carpet bombed during the war, but much was rebuilt. I also noticed many new houses being builot in traditional style (though of course there are lots of modern midrises too near resorts).
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looks awesome. Any Knights Templars kicking about?
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Malta's the real deal. Incredibly nice, hospitable and gentle people (all of whom speak the best English in Europe besides the British), jaw-dropping architecture wherever you look, medieval urbanity every two feet, street life you literally swerve around (don't mess with nanna's perch as she watches the world go by), people watch TV on summer evenings in other countries (!!), get some grit, dust, and rock in your hire car and (if it gets up those hills) you'll find a secluded spot for a swim in the Med. It's festa time now and all summer at a village here, over there, everywhere. Grab a pastizzi.. or twenty, home made ravjul so good you'll have it all every day. Strike up a chat with the locals and they'll invite you in, and bring their friends. Welcome to paradise!

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Wow - can't believe I missed this one - brilliant shots, especially those 2 that hammersclavier picked out.
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Amazing. I don't know anything about this place. The pictures are WOW though. I like the modern skyscraper too. Makes it feel like it has history yet at least some modern ideas.
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Land of my ancestors! I hope to visit someday soon, especially after seeing those beautiful reminders.
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Some of those photos are absolutely stunning. However, I always feel reserved about these kinds of cities. These photos of Malta remind me of those places where the experience from without is not the same experience as within. The nature of the photographs tells the story succinctly. Fully one-third (33%) of the photographs in this thread I would classify as photos from without. Views of, not experiences within. And, with minor exception, I believe it is that 33% which is capturing our imaginations. Dubrovnik is much the same. As beautifully as Dubrovnik photographs, walking around the walled town, while interesting in its own right, certainly doesn't convey the feeling experienced from without. I imagine Malta as a dazzling city for boats, and an intriguing but much-less magical city for pedestrians. I can imagine residents of Malta going for days within those shadowed streets, not experiencing its seemingly exciting habour.
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I this like this post. Keep it up.
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