Friday, August 24, 2012

Magnificent Malta

What you are about to read and view is some of my most prized travel work. It is because I fell in love with Malta the day we landed and could not stop clicking the shutter everywhere we went. It is one of the most visually stunning countries that I have visited and would describe it as a perfect mix of ancient Jerusalem, ancient Rome and the Greek Islands. Our trip began on the island of Gozo at the Azure Window.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

Malta is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago (series of islands) situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 50 miles south of Sicily, 175 miles east of North Africa. Malta is also one of the world's smallest states and is also one of the most densely populated countries worldwide.

The day after we landed, we were in Victoria, Gozo for the "Feast" a colorful religious and decorative festival of horse racing (through the streets), marching band, church mass, and then drinking, celebrating and massive fireworks.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

Malta is ancient, but impeccably preserved. There is so much charm, character and texture in the design of the doors, windows, and streets. It's a feast for the eyes.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

Throughout history, Malta's location has given it great strategic importance, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards, Knights of St John, French and the British ruled the islands. The country has been defending its conquerors for centuries. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974, however the churches and cathedrals have maintained their original influences from each of their respective rulers for hundreds of years.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

The food in Malta is incredibly good - insanely good, in fact, it goes toe-to-toe with the best Italian food. The food is fresh - so fresh, in fact, that your fish is sometimes only 2 hours from hook to table. I was smitten by the charm of the bars and restaurants. Our favorite lunchtime snack was the pastizzi - a sublime flaky filo dough crust with herbed/seasoned mashed peas in the center. Mmmmmnnnhh. The bakeries are run by 4th and 5th generation families and the stoves are nearly as old! And the coffee? Don't get me started - creamy and delicious!!! Our night time treat with the Maltese beer, Cisk. So crisp and refreshing! My father in law, Avram picked fresh prickly pears right off the cactus.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

Malta is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, with unlimited swimming and snorkeling options in caves and blue grottos around the island. We did our share of swimming in the crystal-clear, aqua-blue, pristine Mediterranean Sea.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

While the country has a raw chiseled terrain, it more than makes up for it in the hand-painted colors of the fishing boats and garden flowers.

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

We were so fortunate to have our friends from NYC to help us plan the trip - and it was double bonus that we were in Malta together during a part of the trip. I have to give a shout out to Ed and Rita and Rita's parents Joe and Maria. Joe gets the super mvp of the trip by magically appearing during important moments to escort us to key locations during our trip - thank you Joe!

The trip wouldn't be possible without the generosity, support and love from Gal's parents Rita and Avram. Avram gets MHP of the vacation - most hilarious. He was truly in a class by himself and probably enjoyed the trip more than all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick
incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurickincredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

Finally, I'd like to close the trip with my personal "visual" favorite... Popeye village. Popeye Village, also known as Sweethaven Village, is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta, two miles from the village of Mellie─ža.
It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 film starring Robin Willians and now is a waterpark. I just love starring at those animated, colorful and completely wackey-looking fishing huts. Hope you enjoyed the post - I hope I have inspired you to get to Malta one day!

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

incredible photos of Malta by top New York Photographer Michael Jurick

357 comments:

  1. Amazing pics... I am Maltese and well I appreciate the country more and more through your pics..
    Nello

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    1. Thank you for the great photos, I'am Maltse born, and thank you for bringing such buaetiful photos on FB

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    2. Many thanks - especially coming from you in Malta - makes the feeling and emotion of the photos even more meaningful! I can't wait to return!

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    3. These pictures are amazing! I visited Malta 2 years ago and reconize some of the sites I was able to see. Thank you for sharing such a Beautiful place displayed with the upmost beauty! Schembri decent, Texas, U.S.A.

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    4. This are extraordinary pictures...thanks for sharing these pictures on fb around the word. Maltese citizen :)

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    5. what amazing pictures you took of our small but enchanting islands i am very proud to be maltese i am even prouder now with all the positive comments and splendid pictures you put on fb thank you soooo much charlotte

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    6. Dear Michael, your pics are simply breath taking. Seeing Malta through your pics make me proud of being Maltese. Thanks very much for your amazing pics and for indirectly marketing my country. You are very welcome anytime.

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    7. Ruth D'Agostino9/05/2012 8:28 PM

      Just amazing photos. Seeing Malta agian through those pics, sweet. I love Malta so much!

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    8. Speechless!!! In this blog you have captured all that is beautiful and traditional in the Maltese way of life. I could not refrain from sending link to this blog to Malta Tourism Authority. Really well done in all aspects.

      Paul Mizzi

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  2. Awesome photos! Glad you enjoyed Malta! If you ever return look me up and I will take you out sailing/racing (on a sailing boat)

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    1. Stafan - I wish we had met before the trip, ha ha! I'll return and take you up on that offer!

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    2. your great photographer and thanks you made me see my country like i never had seen it before --- thanks please if you are ever in malta again call me ill buy you a beer man :) my face book name is Ron Harris Malta add me man !!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Michael, you uploaded some very beautiful photos - 10/10 for them. If people care to look for the beauty in Malta, they see it and there's lots of it. I invite you to please visit Youtube and search for "jasalf5959 touring malta" where you'll find many photo videos of various villages around both islands. Warm regards from Malta.

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    4. Sure! I sail a lot on these two boats: http://junoracingteam.com/ and http://www.maltaxyachtcharter.com/ - so, when you are here next let me know! (you can find me via my website www.8am.com.mt just in case you don't know where to find me). Stay safe, see you and your family one day! Stef.

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  3. Beatiful shots! Malta is such an amazing county!

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  4. wow !! amazing pics of our lovely island :)

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  5. Well done! It is so nice to see you're perspective of Malta Gozo and Comino, looks like you and your family had a great time :) beautiful shots!! There's plenty more for you to see, hope you get another chance to re-visit and share more of your fantastic shots :D

    Alessandro

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    1. Alessandro - my wife and I studied the map of Malta and had friends advise of of the key places to go and see, mixed with some of the authentic things - like the Feast in Victoria. We really hit so much that many other tourists may not have the adventure to see. Thanks again for the comments of the photos.

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  6. Christopher Borg8/28/2012 10:01 AM

    Great photographer, wonderful location!

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  7. I moved to Malta 18 months ago because I feel in love with it after a four day holiday. I'm still in love with it now. Thanks for your beautiful photos, they are the visual representation of what I feel in my heart for this amazing country.

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  8. I live here and what you say is not even close to the truth...good food in Malta? Well preserved? Creamy coffee?? Where are you from, a cave in Afghanistan? Cisk is the most disgusting beer I have ever tried...with a taste of chemicals....

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    1. Someone always has to ruin a positive moment! The guy took fantastic photos of our island and managed to visit the best restaurants :) Maybe you're the one living in a cave!

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    2. Or maybe I live here and this guy was on holiday for 1 week in a 5 stars hotel and only managed to see the "good things" that are certainly not part of everyday life here (other than the beach life/sunny weather). Mind you I stayed in the Hilton long time before deciding that maybe I should move here. Fool me, that was only the demo. The photos are very nice, nothing to say about that. Also, I don't accept comments about Malta from a Maltese who never lived anywhere else (talking in general, not you) or comments about food from an American (no offence meant...maybe :-P )

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    3. Not even close to the truth? Are you serious? I have been living in Germany for a year, and nothing will replace the excellent Patizzi and coffee or tea in the morning, Cisk on the great summer evenings, the lifestyle in general and all of the typical cuisine. If you do not like Malta, you will seriously have issues living anywhere else, unless you're some kind of unsociable human, who would actually enjoy living in a cave in Afghanistan.

      Thanks a lot for this marvellous post!

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    4. I live in Malta and can confirm that the blogger is right. If you do not appreciate how beautiful your own country is because you have been raised there then its your loss. I traveled a lot and it's hard for food to be as consistently good as the one found in Malta. Of course you find the duds, but those are present everywhere. Well done on the photos. They are a work of art.

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    5. Its quite simple really, if you dont like it - leave :)

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    6. Well after a hot day in the sun, Cisk beer hits the spot. It's light and refreshing. It may not be a gourmt micro-brew, but it certainly tastes crisp as you await you appetizer for dinner. As for the creamy coffee - we asked each barista to make it special - with a touch of cream and blended ice. Mmmmmn.

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    7. "I have been living in Germany for a year, and nothing will replace the excellent Patizzi and coffee or tea in the morning, Cisk on the great summer evenings,..." well you are obviously retarded...exactly one of the closed minded maltese who cannot appreciate anything. Cisk tastes like shit...coffee or tea...please, have you tasted proper food in your life? When you say you asked each barista I don't know if I should shoot myself or not...barista? in malta? you don't even know how to operate a coffee machine...you hire retarded people from eastern europe in bars who never left their village to work as waiters/barmans whatever....and you talk like there are "barista" in this country and mind you this word is not even used in Italy, this says it all lol......Can't wait to leave this dump as soon as my contract allows me.

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    8. "I traveled a lot and t's hard for food to be as consistently good as the one found in Malta"

      lol, I give up. Try to travel more, I mean proper travel not the drugs induced one.

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    9. You've got serious issues mate, chill. :D everyone is entitled to his own opinion, no need to make fun of other's if you don't agree with it. :)

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    10. It is very easy to post such comments and then act like a coward behind 'anonymous'. Means that you really do not believe in what you are saying and that what you wrote was written purely out of spite. Yours was not an opinion. It is a disgusting attempt to distort a tourist's lovely perception. And it will not even take 100 of comments like yours - this tourist and his family have enjoyed Malta and I am sure they will come again some time in the future. And if not, their pictures will always be cherished and will go round the world.

      Mr Jurick, well done and we hope to see you again in the near future.

      James Vella Clark - Valletta.

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    11. To Mr/Ms Anonymous #1, I was born in Malta and been living in NYC for few years (and traveled around the world). I love NY and love all the various food that I can find here in NY which is from all over the world. I can't say Maltese food is the best but it's definitely Top 3. Unfortunately Maltese food is unavailable here (except for Pastizzi and Twisties which one can get from the Maltese Club in Astoria).
      Maltese historical sites are amazing, the beaches are clean and clear and the weather is close to perfect. As one can see from these amazing pictures, Malta is beautiful. You seem to be a depressed person that nothing can make you happy. Please leave the country for your own benefit and let the Maltese and welcomed tourists to enjoy it.

      To Michal Jurick , well done with these pics and thanks for sharing. I am glad that you had a great vacation!

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    12. I'm not the only one: http://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malta/viewtopic.php?p=67337

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    13. Bridget Moncado8/30/2012 12:48 PM

      @ Mr. Anonymous....if you don't like Malta so much, why don't you just leave? I'm sure noone will miss you there!!!

      @ Michael Jurick...thanks and WELL DONE!!! Malta, as your amazing pictures demonstrate, is indeed a ''gawhra''....a unique gem!!

      Bridget Moncado

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    14. The person in the blog you have referenced is entitled to his opinion much like you, the thing I would have to say is he is only experiencing Malta from the perspective of a complete outsider, travel guides and research are incomparable to my own experience of having a family to visit, knowing where to shop for the best value for your money, the man you referenced also talked about Malta being even worse for finding fresh fish than London, you and I both know that this is a ludicrous statement, marsaxlokk market is a wonderful place the find a collection of fresh fish so big I'm sure he could of smelled his way there if he tried; an irrelevant point I've made you must think but things like that just show me that opinions are only based on perspective, if you don't share in someone else's view why be so eager to call them a liar for something that can never be classed as either right or wrong, anonymity doesn't bother me, needless negativity does however.

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    15. Hi there, you've obviously not been to too many places, and have not yet learnt to appreciate what you have there.

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    16. ...or you are just defending at any cost a big fuck up. marsaxlokk market is far away in this place where if you don't have a car it's 3 hours and I'm not joking, 3 hours bus so you can stick your marsaxlokk fish market up you know where. the point being, only maltese people like malta (and a small amount of youngsters who like paceville, may god forgive them), all the rest can see the truth....if you like it good, live here and enjoy....but please fucking stop celebrating this place as some sort of heaven because it's not even close!!! I will leave this dump as soon as my contract will allow me don't worry...shit place!

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    17. " I can't say Maltese food is the best but it's definitely Top 3. "

      wait what did you just say? top 3??

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHAH

      sorry I'm about to call the ambulance

      AHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

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    18. Audrey Mizzi9/02/2012 5:47 AM

      Can't you try to get out of your contract? I'm sure that the company you are working for could do without a negative rotten person like you.

      Gorgeous photos mr jurick! I've just returned to Malta after living in Belgium for 7 years...and you've reminded me of how gorgeous it is. Please ignore 'anonymous' comments...maybe his wifi reception isn't great in his cave and he couldn't see the photos properly.

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    19. Anonymous, you are so negative and boring. Malta and Gozo are very beautiful, food is great, weather is fantastic, people are friendly, what else do you want?

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    20. maybe that's what beers are made of in the first palce

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    21. living in Afghanistan where all the opium is grown. Perhaps it's the drugs saying all the negativity about Malta.

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    22. Is that you Karl Farrugia? If not, you're probably one of the million miserable Brits who think that no place in the world deserves any recognition but their own country

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  9. All I can say is .. WOW! I am Maltese, and looking at your pics it's like I'm seeing my country through different eyes and from a new perspective .. you have managed to capture the beauty of our islands so magnificently :) Hope you get a chance to come again and see more of what our country has to offer! Well done!

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    1. That is quite a compliment - I'm most grateful. Thank you so much. It took a bit of work in hours to prepare this blog post and seeing all these wonderful comments makes it feel so special. Thank you so very much.

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    2. Agree perfectly with D Zammit. These are wonderful photos that obviously took a lot of work so thank you for sharing with us.

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    3. Iam maltese and I left this country when I was five, I come quite often and love our beautiful island ,every country has faults no one is perfect but Michael you made our island look more beautiful with your pictures.Ignore all the negativity from that anonymous person he doesn't know what he's saying. Thanks again Micheal.

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  10. Great work! As a fellow New Yorker who has been living in Gozo for the past 25 years, I can see that you really got a good taste of the magic and passion of the Maltese islands.

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  11. Well done! Great shots from a great photographer! :)

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  12. I am Maltese and your pictures make me proud, Mr. Jurrick. Beautiful photography indeed! But, of course, you also had great material to put to good use your excellent creativity. I lived in Florida for some years and it was pictures such as yours that helped ease some of my homesickness for our beautiful scenery. To be sure, I am somewhat prejudiced being a native and all. But I think you did justice to all our beauty spots. Great work!

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  13. Congrats! What lovely photos!!

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  14. Very nice pictures, Now I really cant wait to go back home to my motherland. PS what camera are you using?

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    1. Canon 5d Mk III with 16-35mm II lens. Thank you so much!

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  15. Marie Montanaro8/28/2012 3:06 PM

    Thank you for the lovely photos to remind us all of this little island!s charm.. It's easy to take things for granted and notice only the disadvantages when you live here.

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  16. Fantastic photography that really does justice to the place..... Glad you enjoyed yr holiday.

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    1. Many thanks, I'm grateful for your appreciation!

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  17. Just saw the comments by the miserable person 'annonymous'. Actually Cisk beer is good and more than comparable to good foreign beers.

    Where do these miserable persons crawl out from. Come on crawl out from under yr stone and get a life.

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  18. Beautiful pics of a beautiful land. Haters gonna hate...

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  19. Amazing pictures :) well done

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  20. Incredible photos of an stunning country.

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  21. Mr. Jurick, I don't know how to phrase the way your photos made me feel, none the less I feel I must say thank you. Thank you, for a chance to differentiated the vulnerably I feel the world sees in me versus the actual direction of my life. You are truly gifted, bless you sir.


    http://www.jurick.net/blogger_images/larger/malta-24.JPG
    http://www.jurick.net/blogger_images/larger/malta-61.JPG

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    1. That is the kindest compliment, thank you so very much! I am a bit taken aback by all the kinds words - all I can say is that I'm deeply grateful and it inspires me to continue to photograph and share the beautiful things in the world.

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  22. Maria Angela8/29/2012 3:56 AM

    Your photographs are wonderful!! They made me appreciate Malta even more than I already do. Cannot wait to see more of your works of art :)

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  23. thank you so much for sharing your fantastic pictures. have somehow fallen in love with that island as well, for many different reasons and looking at those pics of yours makes me wish to go back there soon!

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  24. Wooow These photos are amazing! Really grateful of being Maltese :)

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  25. Great photos - we live on Gozo for almost half of each year and can't wait to get back. Love Cisk, the people, the sights - in fact everything!!

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  26. Congrads! Very powerful images. Nice representation of Malta. Maybe you can share what type of lens and gear you used, please ?

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    1. Thank you so much! For most of the landscape images, I used Canon 5D Mk iii with 16-35mm II lens. For the portraits of my family and kids, I used Canon 5D Mk III with Sigma 85mm 1.4 lens.

      For the panaramics, I stitched about 7 images together to get the ulta-wide angle panoramic scape (Fungus Rock, 3 cities view).

      Thanks again!

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    2. Thanks for reply:) I see you enjoying new MarkIII :) wow 16-35 is really great lens!
      Good luck with your photography :)

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  27. Wow such amazing pictures I am in awe! My post may be a bit biased, considering I am Maltese as well, but I must say every picture makes Malta look so stunning! It's funny how we take our country for granted.

    A big well done! Impressed by your amazing photography, vivid colours and all!

    If you return to Gozo, find someone who can take you to 'Wied il-Ghasri' (the 'Gh' at the beginning is silent). It's a channel and there's a lovely little pebble beach and a small cave in the rocks.

    Kim

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  28. Inspirational photographs- you make us fall in love with Malta all over again. So glad you enjoyed your stay.

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  29. Alicia Privitera8/29/2012 9:14 AM

    These pictures are marvellous .... I am so glad you enjoyed our beautiful island. We love all that makes this small island unique! The warmth of our country is visible in all the colourful photos which I am sure have been taken with love and appreciation. Proud to be Maltese and proud of people like you who share the beauty of MALTA. Grazzi ... Thanks!!

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  30. Pat Marshall8/29/2012 3:53 PM

    Incredible photos - truly stunning - you've really captured the beauty of some of my favourite places. Well done & thanks for sharing.

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  31. So beautiful. Brings back my wonderful memories of Malta and the wonderful Maltese people. Can't wait to return.

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  32. Hi Michael

    BOMBA very nice pictures. A Maltese word that means excellent pictures. They are amazing. Can I use them on my web site for future tourist to visit Malta.You must to come again to take different pictures. There is much more to see.I'm from Rabat which is near Mdina. Had you visted it?? I think that you had missed it because if you've been there for sure you will have taken some pictures.I'm proud that I'm Maltese. Our Islands are very beatiful and the colours WowWow are gergous.
    Well thank you so much that you had shared the photos.
    Josephine

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    1. Thank you so much Josephine! You may share the photos, just mention my name and website address: http://jurick.net

      I'll be sure to visit Rabat next chance I return. We only visited nearby Mdina at night. So looking forward to going back!

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    2. Mr. Jurick,
      My grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Malta. My grandpa changed his name to Zammitt from Zammit so his brothers and families would be able to find him... and my grandma's maiden name was Camellieri. Your photos are so beautiful and my yearning to travel to Malta to connect with my heritage has been INTENSIFIED one hundred fold. Thank you soooo much for sharing these wonderful pictures with the world. I am inspired!

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    3. I feel blessed to have intensified your yearning to connect - make it happen! :) I'm so grateful for the overwhelming response. The Maltese people share such pride in their country and I can't thank you all enough for the kind words on the photos!

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    4. Thanks Michael i will mention you.
      my web site is www.holidayrentalmaltagozo.com
      Josephine

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  33. rochelle grech8/30/2012 1:43 AM

    beautiful pictures mr.jurick so glad u enjoyed ur stay and thanks for sharing, i m from gozo

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  34. One word to describe this blog post - MAGNIFICENT !!

    Well done Mr. Jurick !! Awesome photographs, honestly, some of the stills look as if they are 3D...

    Thanks again.

    OMAR FARRUGIA

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  35. I'm from Malta Vittoriosa, I'm speechless about these wonderfull & stunning photo's. Thanks for sharing these photo's about us. I posted this on my facebook to show the appreciation you have taken for our Island :)

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  36. Edwin Noel Cole8/30/2012 2:40 AM

    I am impressed with the quality of your photos. I am a keen photographer myself and travel regularly to Malta all the way from Australia just to take pictures of this quaint and historic place. I am truely mesmerized with this beautiful island.
    Well done and I hope you will visit Malta again.

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  37. I enjoyed seeing these photos so much this morning!! Well done Mr Jurick. If you do ever return to Malta, we would love to show you around the coastline beneath Xlendi tower. Do look us up:)

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  38. A. KINGSWELL, MALTA8/30/2012 4:36 AM

    Hi Mr Jurick, just a small note to say thanks for sharing these lovely photos of our beautiful island with the world.I knew our Island was magnificent but seeing it through your pics was incredible...tks again :))

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  39. Hi, Mr. Jurick, you will thousands with this photography of our precious little jewel, unbelievable scenery, even myself being Maltese and an amateur photographer never seen anything of the sort!!! a different perspective altogether ....truly a work of art! Beautiful photography....you have perception of life and its surroundings ....You did us Maltese proud !!
    Prosit Mr. Jurick. Would be honoured to meet you when you return.

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  40. Your photos are truly stunning. It's always so interesting to see home through the lens of a tourist, you always manage to remind us of the beauty we take for granted.
    Is there any way to see bigger versions of the snaps?

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  41. Oh, just reloaded the page and they're all bigger now. So beautiful!

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  42. Thank you for your beautiful perspective of our island. I hope you come back :)

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  43. hello Michael, I really enjoyed your representation of Malta. I do wish more people could see it the way you see it and stop complaninig and posting stupid comments about cisk!

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  44. Amazing and breathtaking photos Michael!! Makes me proud to be Maltese!! Thank you for sharing these with the world!
    The Maltese are very grateful ^.^

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  45. Wonderful photos! I am Maltese heritage and live in the UK, so see things with a different eye too. But these are way better than mine!! :) thanks!!

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  46. Lovely pictures Mr Jurick. You captured a lot of the beauty of our islands and from the family pictures one can see you all enjoyed your holiday here to the full. Thank you for the lovely words about our island and may you and your family always have the happiest of holidays.

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  47. Just Awesome, really Beautiful, & Lovely pictures...:)

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  48. Hi Micheal..stumbled upon your blog via a FB link...wow...awesome stuff. you should get your lens trained on some more of the fabulous vistas to be seen around Cospicua Senglea and Birgu..Cospicua in particular, my hometown and where i have my art studio, has some real hidden gems. You have a great eye and do Malta proud by your capture of its rich and colourful aspects.

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  49. Charles L. Mifsud8/30/2012 8:53 AM

    Amazing photos Michael! Makes one remember what a beautiful place we live in!

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  50. James Muscat Azzopardi8/30/2012 9:11 AM

    congratulations Micheal, apart from the technical skill your photos really capture the essence of Malta - a colourful, laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle!

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  51. Wow! Amazing photos! If you visit Malta again I'd suggest going in March or April when the islands are unrecognizable. Very green and covered with wild flowers. Definately a great time for photography in Malta.

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  52. Well done to the photographer and yes to the anonymous person writing, you are scuh a hypocrite show yourself and tell us who you are. Do you kno what i tell people like you if you dont like it here do US and yourself a favour r and leave.!!!!!!!

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      What can I say but you take some amazing pictures. I am so glad to hear that you and your family really enjoyed Malta. My family really enjoyed spending time with you. We had a great time. I now see that you have many invitations back to Malta. I do wish you saw more but now you have invites so you must go back. You and your lovely family are always welcomed. Thanks for the memories. You made the Maltese peolpe very proud!!!

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    2. Rita - you were the "architect" of our trip - THANK YOU!!! So glad we were able to spend time together and so glad I was able to capture all the great things we talked about. Can't wait to go back! :)

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  53. Isabel Spanjola8/30/2012 1:13 PM

    Bonju....Kif inti!!!! I have just come from Malta after a beautiful holiday, and I only can say that Malta is magic .Maltese people are very kind....and each place has something special.
    You have shown all of this in your pics.
    Thank you very much to share them with us:)

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  54. I just can't stop looking at these pictires. Love them. Thanks for all the kind words!!!

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  55. WOW. Just Wow. Amazing pics!

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  56. Fantastic photography, you captured the real spirit of our beautiful Island. Really enjoyed these pictures. Thanks.

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  57. Absolutely amazing photos! You really see things,with an artistic eye when you look around you! I felt so emotional looking at familiar things or views but from your angle. Well done!

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  58. Linda Cordina8/31/2012 12:14 AM

    Thanks for reminding those of us who live here why Malta is so special. It's not perfect, nowhere is, but I prefer to focus on the positives, of which there are many. Wherever one lives, we tend to take things for granted. I've lived here 30 yrs and love it. Next time you're here, pop into Caffe Cordina and say hello. Prosit!

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  59. Andre Delicata8/31/2012 1:20 AM

    I can only re-iterate what many others have said: Well done on your stunning photography and on capturing the essence of our country. I'm writing this on a rainy, gloomy day in Belgium, 5 days before I return home to the island. Your pictures have reminded me exactly what I've got to look forward to. My girlfriend (whom I'm visiting, has been living in Belgium for almost a year and is longing to return home in October). I'm going to to add a link to a great video montage made by Mark Camilleri which captures the beauty of the place in motion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXbQWXSaM5w
    I hope you and your family will be able to visit our island again someday. The vibrant spirit of the place is truly magical.

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  60. What a job well done! Hope to see you again in Malta! We'd love to take you around some more hidden gems!

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  61. Hi Michael,

    As a Maltese citizen and resident, I'd really like to thank you for visiting Malta and for picturing this beautiful gem in such a professional way. Your pictures are really stunning and I think you managed to capture in such a good way, the real character of Malta; including the authenticity, the culture, the people, and most of all the many 'subjects' which are scattered throughout our unique islands!

    A BIG thank you Michael, because like many other Maltese, this morning you made me so proud to be born here; but most of all you made me so proud to be Maltese living in such a priceless gem, called Malta.

    Prosit u caw ;-)

    Kevin Borg
    Mosta
    Malta

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  62. Wow! breathtaking pictures! I have always been proud to be Maltese but you made me feel even more so!! thanks for sharing these pictures on FB. Well done!

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  63. to Anonymous ,you must be an idiot labour supporter shame on you to call yourself Maltese . why don t you go back to Libya where you are real from .
    GREAT PHOTOS AND AM PROUD TO BE MALTESE . I LIVE IN CANADA FOR 20 YEARS AND IT IS AN AMAZING COUNTRY BUT I M BACK HOME BECAUSE THIS IS THE BEST COUNTRY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY .

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    2. Fuck you Anonymous9/06/2012 11:22 AM

      Anonymous is an idiot.. but labour changed my friend... trust me ... labourites are MUCH more advanced than they were 20years ago... the majority of the U.O.M voted labour... must mean something.

      But you're right, anonymous is an idiot...nobody should talk bad about anyone's mother, so much so, that nobody should talk bad about anyone's motherland. I am Maltese, not proud to be Maltese.. but Grateful towards my motherland... defects and all.

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  64. Myriam Grech8/31/2012 11:16 AM

    Amazing photos. Even though I have enjoyed and appreciated these scences many a time, your photos have given them a new perspective. I have been abroad and appreciate the many different countries and scenery but nothing compares to my home country Malta.You were also staying at, what in my opinion, the best hotel in Malta for views and the best sunsets ever! You have not been to a lot of other beautiful places in Malta, so you should definitely come back and take some more photographs:) Thank you for sharing and hope to see you back soon:)

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  65. Thank you for your gorgeus pictures!! I went to Malta last year and I miss it very much :( Seeing your pictures makes me want to go back and be there forever :D

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  66. I hope one day be as good photographer as you and inspire people through my pictures!

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    1. Thank you Diana - start with passion for taking pictures, then find online resources to learn about improvements. Here are two great resources.

      1. DPreview - http://dpreview.com - one of the best online forums for sharing and learning
      2. Kelby Training - http://kelbytraining.com - great resource to learn via video from the pros

      Then get out there and take what you learn and practice it. Enjoy! Thank you again!

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  67. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful country. I went to the Maltese islands for the 1st time, last year and absolutely fell in love with the places and the people.I wanted to go back this year, but hubby convinced me to try Portugal, as we'd never been there before. Suffice to say,we won't be returning to Portugal next year, but we will be going back to Malta!

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  68. Excellent photos! Good job! Chuck 8/31/2012

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  69. Pls advise the camera you used for these magnificent photos!

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  70. Mark Marshall8/31/2012 7:21 PM

    To share beauty is to share one's humanity.

    I live in gorgeous Australia &, in my 39 years, I've been lucky enough to have travelled extensively - seen & experienced so much that is beautiful in the world. But, like others who have posted, I keep returning to Malta's especially intense brand of beauty. It's not just the scenery - it's the fun, family, friendship, characters, warmth, generosity, spirituality, texture, tastes, smells, music, noise, serenity, contradiction - the passion & the pageantry - sumptuously captured & expressed in Michael's 'Magnificent Malta' set - & which I dare say can be especially striking to those who have lived much of their lives in 'big' countries.

    I sometimes wonder: Had I not been born in Malta (and, therefore, not had the natural connection with the place) whether I'd ever have come across the tiny 'jewel of the Mediterranean' & missed out on all that she so generously lavishes on whoever makes the (small) effort to engage her.

    But pondering the hypothetical quickly gives way to the very concrete fact that, next week, I'll be making yet another 17,000 kilometre journey from Melbourne, Australia to Malta (with wife & kids very willingly in tow) for 4 weeks of experiencing and sharing intense beauty (plus a couple of chemically refreshing Cisk lagers thrown in just because Cisk has featured so prominently in the posts & I'm yet to appreciate the brew).

    Michael - love your work & your follow-up posts - in my view, both testaments to your humanity - wish we could somehow sync up on a future visit to Malta - I'd be delighted to show you some of the hidden Maltese treasures that I've discovered over the years. It's never ceased to astound me that the archipelago has so much to offer.

    All the very best.



    Mark Marshall

    P.S. Cousin Andre D - many thanks for sharing Michael's link

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    1. Mark, that was such an inspirational comment and I can tell you really meant it from the heart. As you can tell from most of the comments here, there is something so special about Malta. Both natives, locals and tourists are absolutely enchanted by the island country. It's like a wonderful magic spell has been cast on all who come into contact with the country. There is so much to love.

      My visit and the aftermath of how my photos affected people is truly amazing and something I had not anticipated, but so wonderful to have experienced. Thank you!

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  71. Joe Camilleri

    Absolutely great photos!I was born at Birzebbuga and it was very satisfying to see part of St.Georges bay where I grow up.It was the best childhood anyone could ever wish for it brought back lots of memories I felt so emotional looking at familiar views.I visit Malta four times 1993/7/8 and 2005. Michael Jurick may God bless you for sharing these amazing photo's with us,very well done mate.

    P.S. For Mr Anonymouse: You must be the most boring person in the whole World wake up to yourself and start living.

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  72. Thank you so much for the opportunity of viewing these captivating images. I visited Malta (my husbands birthplace) in 2009 and from the moment the aircraft landed, Malta felt like my "soul home" and these images bring such beautiful memories and fuel my passion, even further, to live in Malta.

    Thank you sincerely.
    Ann Weller

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  73. Great photographs my friend....I'm glad your family had a great time here...
    Always thought Malta is a Mediterranean gem...

    Sure makes me proud to be Maltese!

    Have a great day & good work....

    Joe

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  74. Took the liberty to post on our facebook page www.facebook.com/MyDestinationMalta

    Brilliant photos and thanks for sharing.

    Best,
    Niki

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  75. As long as you went to Mekren's bakery... that's all that matters

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  76. Michael Sammut9/01/2012 9:46 AM

    Excellent pictures Mr Jurick. As native Maltese living in Switzerland these are a sight for sore eyes. You must have heard this many times before, but here goes nonetheless. I hold that you are extremely talented. Not everybody can turn our everyday sights into works of art, but you most certainly can. I'm curious about your .ch blogspot. Any ties with Switzerland? Kind regards. Michael.

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    1. Quite a compliment coming from someone now living in Switzerland. I had been to Switzerland in 1990 and thought it was the most beautiful place I'd ever seen in my life at the time. See my little blog post here: http://jurickphoto.blogspot.com/1990/06/switzerland.html

      Now that I've been to Malta, I'd say Switzerland has some major competition for beauty. :)

      The .ch blogspot - not sure what you see on your end, but it's possible that the internet routes traffic through various servers and adds local suffixes to certain urls. That's all I can think of at the moment.

      Thanks again!

      -Michael

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  77. Incredible pictures of these beautiful Islands. Thank you so much for doing them justice! Very glad you enjoyed your stay :)

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  78. Michael Jurick,

    First of all I would like to thank you and show my appreciation towards your work, as these photos are, excellent!

    Secondly I would like to thank you again, as I am going to save the link to this page, for the simple reason that I live in Malta and it's not the first time I meet Maltese who tell me they don't like our amazing island and challenge me to prove what is so great on the spot which is usually quite difficult. This page is what I am going to send them as an answer every single time from now on.

    Your pictures, have all these vibrant colours and capture our pride and joy in so many great ways.

    It's quite difficult to express through words the gratitude to you for portraying Malta in such a great way :)

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    1. I am feeling so grateful for your words. Thank you so much. When I travel, I look for little details in the things I see and do. The little details make up the charm of a place. And Malta has lots of little details - so much color, and charm. When an outsider comes to a place, they see things from a truly objective and fresh perspective. I guess that's what I did. I saw this wonderfully beautiful place, a place that was so fresh, so clean, so ancient, so proud, and simply captured the things I saw. Then I tried to tell a story from the perspective of my journey with my family. I'm sure whenever your friends would get to visit another place, they would be enchanted by that place, but when they return to Malta, they would see the wonder of home even greater.

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  79. Fantastic photos. Beautiful country.

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  80. Great photos, love the colours. One of the best sets I've seen of Malta, coming from a Maltese citizen. Good Job! What lens and camera are you using?

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  81. eugenio mifsud9/01/2012 9:30 PM

    great pics micheal,done a wonderful job taking those pictures and for food and beer, they are amazing especialy when i visit the old country

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  82. What a great photographer, so sharp and so colourful. Top photographs Michaels, and what an attractive family too. I do hope that they too enjoyed Malta as much as you have. Great work, and thanks for sharing.

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  83. Helga Micallef9/02/2012 3:51 AM

    Great photography. I'm Maltese born, and still love visiting Malta whenever I can, it was great to see your appreciation of Malta. Well done. Thanks you.

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  84. What stunning photography. You make me proud to be Maltese.

    I am so glad that you decided to spend time on Gozo as well as Malta - it has so much more to offer.

    Your shots of your kids jumping into the sea off the pier at Hondoq reminded me of the fantastac article that Matt Gross did for the NY Times 4 years ago.
    http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/mopeds-horsemeat-and-pynchon-on-malta/


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  85. Thank you Michael, you made me even more proud of my home (now that takes a lot to accomplish!) so I just had to share your blog's link on Facebook with all my friends. Thanks again for your superb presentation! - Steve; my-malta.com

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  86. Such great clear colourful pictures,so so fantastic, thanks for sharing. Will be posting on my FB. I am Maltese but have lived abroad for 23 years now,but I do not think I ever saw Malta so beautiful, WOW and THANKS

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  87. Really fabulous presentation!

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  88. Amazing shots... Your perspective of the island makes me proud to be Maltese cause more often than not we take the beauty for granted. thank you

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  89. Wonderful photos of our Maltese islands! Thank you for appreciating so much our country. We look forward to have you and your family back among us.

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  90. Dear Mr. Jurick,
    My most sincere compliments on your wonderful photography... it is artistic, accurate and beautiful. I love Malta immensely and thanks to people like you we get to appreciate it even more. May be in the near future you'll visit again, I'd be more than glad to take you around to see some rarely explored localities in Malta where you'd revel photographing :-))
    Thanks once more!

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  91. Wow! your photos are really breath taking!! i'm Maltese and i am used to the sea and the sun, but through your lens they look wonderful! well done!

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  92. Indeed the islands of Malta and Gozo got few points up with your photos. Enjoyed your Style. Exellent perfect work.One like me (an amateur photographer from Gozo) can learn pretty lot. Thank you for this wonderful presentation.
    Joseph Zammit

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  93. Great work Mr. Jurick. Really impressive. Your blog is being shared on Facebook and many foreigners are loving your photos. I can't understand how someone like the Anonymous above can be so negative as if he was offended because you showed Malta in such a good way! I don't really understand what hidden agenda such "people" have!

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  94. these pictures are incredibly beautiful. if i weren't from the island myself, i would have thought they are enhenced, but you truly captured the greatness. great work.

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  95. Thanks for capturing our islands in such a way. Your holiday pics are a fantastic testimonial to our country! I hope Malta Tourism Authority feature you and your work on their own website!

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  96. Simply magnificent work Mr Jurick, nothing else to add as the pics tell it all!! Keep it up.

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  97. Thank you so much! I am Maltese & love my island, these photos just made me happier about it.
    I'm glad you enjoyed your stay.

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  98. Jeannine Thibos9/03/2012 7:40 AM

    Wow Mister Jurick ! We live in Belgium and for about ten years our holidays were always in Malta, for some reason we could not go this year and it was/is heartbreaking ! So i thenk you a lot for this great pictures of my most favorite place on earth , TNX a lot !

    Ninneke

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  99. Beautiful Photography...brings back many wonderful memories when I lived there as a girl in the late 60's. LOVED the bread! Nothing anywhere else compares to some of the food there. And the waters are truly blue and glorious. I used to bike to the beach with my friends and swim at one of the beaches for the day and bike home. (My preference was always the rocky beaches). Used to ride there at the polo field (Malta is where I learned to ride). We lived in Naxxar and my bedroom window had a view of Gozo and Comino and St Paul's Bay. We would have goat herders come through the area periodically. Thanks for the blast from the past! Jakki Mathis Merrel

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  100. matese and proud9/03/2012 2:22 PM

    i am maltese by birth, but i have been in canada for an awful long time and haven't been there in over ten years.thank you for these and making me feel so proud and so damn home sick at the same time.just ignore the negative comments and remember how you felt there.what other assholes feel or try to ruin others feelings is irrelative,just as long as you enjoyed your holiday.money well spent.

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  101. Charles Piscopo9/03/2012 3:15 PM

    Well done Michael. Those photos are really great and amazing. I am proud that I am Maltese and enjoy when seeing people like you saying good comments about Malta == Our beautiful island in the centre of the Meditterean Sea. Thanks once more.

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  102. Joe (MVP) and Maria9/03/2012 5:47 PM

    Hi Micheal,this is Joe the MVP. I am so glad that I was able to be in Malta to help you out just a bit. It was my pleasure. I really enjoyed meeting you and your family.There are no words to describe the pictures you took of Malta. You truly have an eye for photography. Can't wait to see more of your work. Hope to see you some day soon!!!

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    1. Hi Joe and Maria! Thank you so much for posting your comments here - and an even greater thank you for all that you did for us in Malta to make us feel so comfortable. We'd love to take you to dinner next time you are in NYC! :)

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  103. Beautiful pictures of Malta . I have taken decision to visit Malta .thanks to George scibberass for showing this blog .

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  104. Well done. I am Maltese. The photos are amazing. Truly well done.

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  105. As a half Maltese, and a photographer, It was great to see this blog - I've been many times to Malta and I have a lot of those shots myself! - Nice work and great memories. Ta.

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  106. Great Pics of Malta. Reminds me of the times when I went to visit. Posting the link on my facebook page, so that many others can enjoy. You have captured the essence of Malta/Gozo in your photos.

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  107. Karen Flowers9/04/2012 4:00 PM

    Amazing pictures, Michael!! I am a first generation American to Maltese parents and think you have captured the country beautifully! My American-raised husband fell in love with Malta as well in 2003 when we went on our honeymoon. And, to this day, we have been going back every other year because we love it so much. I have shared your blog on my FB page because I am proud of my Maltese heritage, but more importantly, your pictures are so incredible that they are worth sharing with my friends (who are always curious about Malta) but will probably never get to see Malta firsthand. Thanks for giving them the opportunity to "see" my Malta!

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  108. Chris Portelli9/04/2012 4:08 PM

    Awesome pictures. Terrific job Mike.
    As a Maltese who's been living abroad for 17 years it's always a great pleasure to see people appreciate the beauty of our island home. Thanks for the great marketing you're doing.

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  109. Excellent pictures. After 21 years in the USA I finally was able to visit "home" last year and for the first in my life I felt homesick. Thanks for sharing your great photos and I hope that this will encourage more Americans to visit. It will NOT be 21 years before I visit again!

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  110. As a MALTA born now a senior and living in Melbourne Australia, these are the most visually appealing pics i have seen of the land of my birth.....it takes great optical equipment together with the visual creative talents to create such masterpiece....I too like to include the "picture of the month" shot in my website, Melbourne-Vic.com.....
    Thank you
    Joe

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  111. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos with all of us great fans of Malta. I am returning for another holiday in October and cannot wait to get there! So glad you and your lovely family had a good time and that you shared your experience with us.

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  112. amazing!!! it's nice to see such beauty, us Maltese tend to take our island a bit for granted. Come visit again :)

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  113. Dear Michael, In 1965 I went from northern British Columbia in the snow to Malta, in winter sun. we lived there for almost 20 years. My sister is back there now in Gozo and my partner and I visited this summer. Ihave seen many changes in the islands over the years but your photos have captured the very essence that we still love but don't always see so clearly anymore. thank you!

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  114. Beautifull pictures. First class photograpy.

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  115. praise be to GOD the creator and may God Bless you and your family. You are indeed a lovely family and you are an extraordinary marvellous photographer. Heartfelt thanks.I LOVE Malta and Gozo. Denise.

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  116. Beutiful Pictues no doubt. Thanks for sharing Micheal Jurick, you are a master of your craft.
    Now for the negatives and positive. For those who thinks Malta is a dump I have one thing to say. You should have been in Malta before 1964. The British never invested in any improvements of the Island. So what you see today is all done by the Maltese without any English help whatsoever. What did you expect after living under the British Colonial Goverment for over 200 years with a measly annual budget equivelant to paying your rent. MAlta and the Maltese gave their lives to defend the allied forces most particulary Britain. What did we get for it? The George Cross on our flag? So those who keeps putting Malta and the Maltese down remember ONE thing. MALTA was the most BOMBED country in WWII. We suffered horrendous period during WWII trying to cope with our collateral damage and trying to emerg from under the rubbles of our homes and buildings hoping and praying the Germans and the Italians to stop their bombing.
    In 1964 Malta ceased needing you(England)to fund our economy or anything else in 1964. Needless to say we are still friends with you. However, if you are one of those people who thinks the English are masters of all things, we don't need you here, we sent you packing in '64, go back to England and freeze your rear end, drink your English brew to your heart content and forget about Malta. But we also know that you maybe alone in thinking negatively about Malta and the Maltese. Go here, if you want to hear your English comrades comments about Malta, just listen to some old Navy veterans, go here:

    http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1985&highlight=Sliema+Creek

    From a Proud Maltese living in Canada

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    2. Thank you for sharing that history. I actually took photographs of the bomb tunnels but found them to personal to share. I also studied much of the history of Malta while I was there. The centuries of history so well-preserved despite the bombings is truly special, and speaks to the Maltese people's resilience and pride in their country.

      So proud to have captured these photos and shared them with the proud people of Malta.

      Many thanks!

      -Michael

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  117. Thank you for such excellent quality pictures Micheal. Malta is the jewel of the mediteranian.

    Another proud Maltese living in Canada.

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  118. Amazing set of pictures! Really grabbed the beauty of this island, well done! :)

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  119. You captured the essence that is gozo and malta

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  120. Speechless!!! In this blog you have captured all that is beautiful and traditional in the Maltese way of life. I could not refrain from sending link to this blog to Malta Tourism Authority. Really well done in all aspects.

    Paul Mizzi

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    1. The artist has captured many beautiful and traditional images but definately not all!! He still has to take hundreds more photos of Maltese beauty and not even then will it be all. So much to do and see!!

      Well done for giving us such beautiful pictures and look forward to seeing more. You have great talent

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  121. you have made the maltese proud. you have captured the soul and magic of our gem. appreciate them even more now that i no longer live in Malta. Thank you so much!

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  122. Lovely work and captures on this blog entry. I'm Maltese living in the UK and you made me crave going back home!
    I don't even recognise all the places in the photos.

    Job well done, and if you ever plan on going to Malta again, contact me...

    Steph

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  123. Fuck you Anonymous9/06/2012 9:47 AM

    Steve here, as I'm not afraid to say my name ... so , ... Fuck you Anonymous... if you hate malta so much, why don't you fuckin go? Same goes to all the derps who think that sliema is the only civilized place in malta and they deserve much better... go fuck yourselves in one of the whorehouses in paris, or london - and please, do bad advertising to malta, as much as you can - say how 'tad dwejjaq my god it is' , or 'it's mimlija stuff' ... and trust me when I say... they will correct you and make you look like a bloody baboon, and you'll come back in shame...and we'll treat you like you treated us? no

    But please, be civil and go off this 'island tan nejk man' I've lived here my whole life... sure it sucks sometimes, but when something sucks, my parents taught me to fix it.

    In other news:
    Awesome pics btw :)

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  124. well done...really enjoyed reading it and admiring the beautiful photos! just published your blog on http://www.facebook.com/gozoandmalta

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    1. Thank you for sharing Paul - appreciate it!!!

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  125. Today I had been complaining cos I had a pretty bad/annoying experience on the roads in Malta and I was pretty mad about it. Malta is not the perfect place, but nowhere is perfect. Your pictures really reflect the beauty that we have around us. I love travelling and seeing other places, and I can safely say (especially with regards to one particular anonymous' comments) that Malta is a wonderful, beautiful place, with an amazing history, great food, brilliant weather (save for those like Monday 3rd September 2012), awesome places to go out to eat or just enjoy an evening. Someone like anonymous is just a sad person who can never be happy no matter where they are because negativity flows out of them. Malta is awesome and I love it.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective, Fran. Much appreicated that you took the time to write about it here. Seems like we have a nice little cozy Malta community here. :)

      -Michael

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  126. I loved your beautiful pictures of Malta and was so happy to see that you started with Gozo! I am a first generation Maltese American and San Francisco (my city of birth) and Gozo, where my parents are from, are my most favorite places in the world! Looking at your pictures made me wish I was in Gozo again and I found myself looking for people I know in the festa pictures! On one of my earlier trips to Malta/Gozo many years ago, a British tourist commented to me while swimming at Xlendi that they just didn't realize how lucky they were. She was referring to the people of Malta/Gozo and the beauty of the island and the sea. Sometimes when we live somewhere, we forget how special it is. It seems that anonymous truly has. I love everything about Gozo...the people, the food, the beauty and mostly my family! Thank you for sharing...and reminding me of what I am missing!!

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    1. Gozo was a special place. There was a unique vibe and essence of beauty that couldn't really be put into words, so I let the photos do the talkiing!

      Thanks for reading and reviewing the photos!

      -Michael

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  127. Beautiful photos Michael, puts my poor efforts to shame! You've really captured something of this beautiful island. (Just stop taking such good photos, you're making my blog look bad!)

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    1. Hi David,

      Don't be silly! Every photograph is a personal memory and piece of art to the person who captured it. I've love to see your blog. Send the link!

      Many thanks for viewing the photos here.

      -Michael

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  128. Just. Amazing. Gob-smacking and stunning pictures! As Maltese, we tend to take for granted where we live. I feel really lucky to be Maltese, thanks a lot!

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