Popeye Village Malta.
Popeye Village, is a group of rustic wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the Mediterranean Island of Malta. This place was created to film the musical Popeye starting Robin Williams. It is now a fun park.
I had never heard about this place until I was in Malta, I was actually going through my twitter feed and saw a photo of it. I had to get there once I saw it.
It was not very hard to find, it is exactly 4 kilometers from the ferry station headed in the direction towards Malta, then you hang a right on Triq Tal-Prajjet and its one exactly 1 kilometer from there, you will run right into it.
When I arrived the place was closing down, so I was supper bummed out, but then I realized that I could walk around this cliff and get an insane view of the entire thing, no need to get in there even if the place was open for business. There is also a road that will take you to the water where you can stand of Popeyes boat dock.
Popeye Village is a must when visiting Malta.
Azure Window in Gozo
I have never been to Azure Window before and only seen a few photos, so I had no idea what to expect. When I got there I couldn’t help a smile on my face. I mean its popular for a reason right?
The place was not very busy and I was very happy about that, I managed to get a few really good shots when the sun was still out, but this one after the sun had set just does it for me. I walked around the rocks for a while and tried to find a good spot, I shot a few frames form different angles but this is my favorite. I like how you can see the pool below and the winds going through the window.
After I got done shooting I was a bit hungry and thirsty, for my luck they have a very nice restaurant right here where you can get some really nice local wine and some great local eats.
86 second exposure at f/16 ISO 50 shot on a tripod on bulb mode cleaned up in Lightroom.
Sunset photo of Azure Window in Gozo Malta
When you go there make sure you bring a tripod and a bottle of wine or drink of your choice, a blanket and something warm is not a bad idea. Now that you are all set up get ready to have a great time taking some incredible shots.
About Azure Window:
The Azure Window is made of a limestone known as Lower Corallian. This is the oldest rock found on the Maltese islands. The rock, which is subject to erosion, gives Malta its distinctive coast while the Upper Corallian influences the landscape of the interior.
The arch is disintegrating because large pieces of rock have begun to fall from the underside of the arch. The rate suggests that the arch will completely disintegrate within a few years. Its dangerous condition has led to warning notices being placed along the cliffs to stop people walking over the top of the arch. In April 2012 a large piece of rock was dislocated and resulted in the window being made larger and more unstable, as well as a reduction in its nearly perfect oblong shape.” Wikipedia.
Saint John’s Cathedral in Valletta Malta
I have been to hundreds of temples, churches, and cathedrals all around the world, but none have impressed me as much as Saint John’s Cathedral. The Cathedral is located in Valletta Malta, and it’s straightforward to find just ask anyone you see, and they will point you in the right direction.
Every corner of this place is covered with something, from the floors to the ceiling there is not an empty spot.
All the gold you see is gold leaf done by hand. In fact, while I was there, an artist was working on restoring a wall. I remember thinking while watching her, It must take months to do a small piece.
I walked around inside for about an hr, and I couldn’t get enough, I was mesmerized by its beauty.
Saint John’s Cathedral
The interior of Saint John’s Cathedral, in sharp contrast with the facade, is extraordinarily ornate and decorated in the height of the Baroque period. The interior was decorated mainly by Mattia Preti, the Calabrian artist, and Knight. Preti designed the intricately carved stone walls and painted the vaulted ceiling and side altars with scenes from the life of St John.. Wikipedia
Getting here is not hard, just ask around if you get lost but when you walk in if your jaw is not on the floor, you are in the wrong place.
About the photos:
I used a wide angle lens to get the job done. I did not use flash and shot everything handheld. Here are the settings: f2.8 ISO 1600 14-24 mm lens. The shutter speed varies from 1/40 of a second to 1/120 of a second. All shot with my Nikon D800e
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Have you ever been? Drop me a line, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this masterpiece, I always wonder why we don’t build things like this anymore.