Sunday, 5 September 2010

Mdina, Malta

Another postcard from an island... This one is from Malta and came from a swap with Leena (a Finnish woman living on Malta!). I'm trying to collect this year's Europa stamps from as many countries as possible, and she offered to send me Malta's issues. In return I'll send her the Winnie the Pooh stamps when they are issued next month (I really can't wait to use them, they are SO cute!).

This is one of the two cards Leena sent me (the other one shows Valletta, but since I've already posted a card from there earlier here, I thought I'd choose this one instead). It's a street corner in the Old Town of Mdina, the old capital of Malta. Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. Mdina is commonly called the "Silent City" by natives and visitors. The town is still confined within its walls, and has a population of less than three hundred, but it is contiguous with the village of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 11,000.

So yeah, here you can see that this was a stamps-related swap. The postage here is totally excessive - normally it costs 37 cents to send a postcard from Malta! ..which is the postage on the other card. There are two different stamps in Malta's contribution to this year's Europa stamps. If I understand correctly, this one shows the cover of a book called "Meta l-Milied ma giex" by Clare Azzopardi.

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