All Lives Matter

Silent march for migrants lost at sea – April 22, 2015
Funerals for 24 victims killed in the worst ever capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean – April 23, 2015

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T. S. Elliot considered April to be “the cruelest month” and it is hard to disagree.  With hundreds of lives lost in just six days, April 2015 will be regarded as one of the deadliest periods on record regarding irregular migration via Mediterranean Sea. On April 14th, Save the Children Foundation reported that some 400 people have drowned trying to reach Europe. Before the world had a chance to recover from shock and disbelief, another tragedy has struck.  On April 19th, over 600 would be migrants and asylum seekers died after their vessel overturned. Only a handful of survivors have been saved. In the same time Italian rescuers received thirty eight distress calls from twenty different boats bringing to ports over 8000 individuals – men, women and children (some as young as two years old).

The scale of the disaster can only be described as a humanitarian tragedy, biggest maritime incident since the end of WW II.  Its implications are hard to imagine at this stage and will surely last decades. We can only theorize about orphaned children and families torn apart but the terrible truth is that we may never know the full impact of loss of so many lives.

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In the face of such unprecedented crisis reactions on local level have been both vocal and emotional. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he had nightmares of “bodies floating in the water”. Former PM Laurence Gonzi stated that the incidents were a “shame on us all [in Europe]”.  Opposition MEP Roberta Metsola called on other EU member states to “stop bickering while bodies continued to wash up on the beaches”.

Maltese public also remained strongly affected by the events. On April 22, 2015 a silent march has been held in the village of St Julians to commemorate the lives lost at sea. Organized by four activists: Maria Pisani, Erika Borg, Alba Cauchi and Damjan Attard – the march attracted a record number of participants. Over a thousand members of the general public, state officials and activists gathered in front of the Love Monument in St Julians in a show of solidarity. Among those marching were President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Minister of Justice Owen Bonnici, Head of Opposition Simon Bussutil and US Ambassador to Malta Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, members of various local NGOs and The Ursuline Sisters Order.

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Many present held white flowers, candles and hand-made signs. Their message was clear as signs read: “1000 dead in 24 hours. Welcome to  Fortress Europe”, “Not MY Europe”, “ People before borders” and “#AllLivesMatter”  – a reference to the recent civil protests in United States as most victims of the drowning in Mediterranean have been indeed young men running away from the wars and poverty in their communities. Some posters have been made and carried by children – another sad reminder of the migration crisis. In recent years hundreds of minors have been crossing the sea on their own to reach safety in Europe and their number is rising. One of the bodies recovered from the vessel that overturned on April 19, 2015 belonged to a boy not older than 14.

The location of the march was not accidental. The village of St Julians is a tourist hub and the heart of entertainment in Malta. It is also an area where many expats from European Union and Commonwealth Countries reside and work. Love Sign is a popular gathering spot and usually is adorned with locks and other symbols of everlasting feelings. St Julians boasts of many restaurants, nightclubs and a picturesque seafront promenade. The village that is always loud and bursting with life fell completely silent for the duration of the march. The crowd started moving along the promenade towards the neighbouring village of Sliema at 19:00 pm followed by international press covering the event. All local newspapers and TV stations were present as well as Italian and English media representatives.

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There were many signs of solidarity with the marchers. Some people joined in along the way, workers from nearby restaurants were silently standing in the doors to show their respects, the bells of church in Balluta Bay were ringing and the parish priest came out in front of the church to see the march himself.

By 19:50 pm the march descended towards a beach in Sliema – another popular leisure spot for both locals and tourists where flowers were thrown into the sea and the candle vigil followed.  The members of the crowd began to sing Amazing Grace and some of the migrants who survived the journey to Europe made short speeches thanking the public for their presence. Many cried as they recalled their own perilous journey towards safety. Hundred candles on the shore were in a striking contrast to the several families who organized a barbecue in the same location, apparently unaware of the planned event.

Despite the significant police presence (and the very discreet security personnel protecting the President) the march came to an end without any incidents and proved to be very well organized. By 20:30 pm most of the crowd has left and only a small group of Eritreans and Somalis remained to discuss the funeral arrangements for the victims of the drowning.  Some 24 bodies have only been recovered and brought to Malta to be buried next morning at the Mater Dei Hospital. We have spoken to several members of the community and despite the tragedy most of them were hopeful that things would improve and more help would be allocated to the people who seek refuge in Europe. That is the spirit of the people who have lost everything and yet refuse to stop the fight for a better future.

At the end we would like to quote the words of Maria Pisani – one of the organizers of the march. “We hardly speak of those who perished as fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. We speak of the numbers, not people”.

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Perhaps the human cost of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean will now take a centre stage. But it took thousands of lives over the years to get to this point.

Mike Caffrey –  originally from the UK and now based on Malta, Mike has been working as a professional photographer since the 1980’s. His versitile skills allow him to easily portray any topic or dive into many photography genres:  street, journalism, nature, fashion, production, gigs and corporate. He has 16 years of experience in photo editing and design. When not taking pictures, he can be seen rock climbing and kayaking (he is also a teacher of both of those). Mike is also a successful portrait painter. If you’d like to hire him for your business, please contact him at:

Website: http://www.imagocentric.com
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If you want to help to save lives on Europe`s bloodied boarder, please consider making a small donation to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) an NGO that saved 3000 lives last year at

www.moas.eu/donate

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Carnival in Malta in 19 clicks

Dear Readers,

Carnival has arrived! It’s a good time to wear fancy clothes, to put on your cat ears and party like it is 1999. Or should we say 1989? (apologies to both Prince and Taylor Swift).

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Prince Charming

Prince Charming

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Indian Princess

Indian Princess

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Lady lost in thoughts

Lady lost in thoughts

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Popular costume motive - Colombina of  Commedia dell'Arte

Popular costume motive – Arlecchina  of Commedia dell’Arte

We have a week-end out of office, so we decided to grab our cameras and hit the streets of Malta to take some portraits. We plan to have a nice selection of images of people in costumes by Sunday afternoon, and we will surely share them with you. To make things even more exciting, we have decided to dig deep into our archives and we have found some incredible photos from previous year (9-10 February 2013). How about a double – Carnival photo coverage? Sounds good? You bet!

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Popular costume motive -  a different version of Arlecchina. Here she is known as  Franceschina, Smeraldina, Oliva, Nespola, Spinetta Ricciolina, Corallina or Diamantina. She is often a rich or noble lady adorned in green/emerald robes.

Popular costume motive – a different version of Arlecchina. Here she is known as Franceschina, Smeraldina, Oliva, Nespola, Spinetta Ricciolina, Corallina or Diamantina. She is often a rich or noble lady adorned in green/emerald robes.

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To serve and protect

To serve and protect

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The original form of female carnival character - Columbine of Commedia dell'arte

The original form of female carnival character – Columbine of Commedia dell’arte

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Our favourite shot. She was simply stunningly beautiful.

Our favourite shot. She was simply stunningly beautiful.

Malta is one of world’s smallest states (316 km2 or 122 sq miles) divided between three islands and one of the most populated places on the globe (with 500 000 residents and 3 millions of tourists throughout the year, density reaches 1,306.8/km2 or 3,413.9/sq m – that’s more than Hong Kong).

This tiny island is extremely colourful and occasionally loud. So, nothing captures the spirit of the island like the week before Ash Wednesday.

Il-Karnival ta`Malta (as it is called in native tongue) holds a special position among all festas and public holidays on the island. It is celebrated annually since 1535 (that’s two-hundred years longer than Rio!) and is regarded as a major tourist attraction. The daily celebrations take place in the capital – Valletta, the nightly celebrations move to Nadur in the island of Gozo. Each year sees a street parade, band marches and floats competition. It is also a fantastic opportunity for any photographer – hand made costumes of the revellers take months to prepare and the results are astonishing. Maltese are also protective of children, taking photos of youngsters is frowned upon; the Carnival is probably the only time when a photographer can snap away photos of anybody without being yelled at.

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Butterfly Lady

Butterfly Lady

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The Show Girl from French Tradition of  Moulin Rouge

The Show Girl from French Tradition of Moulin Rouge

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Modern Carnival costumes often use the character of Indian Princess/Native Princess. In European carnival tradition it is not seen as offending gesture. More like a homage to Disney`s Pocahontas.

Modern Carnival costumes often use the character of Indian Princess/Native Princess. In European carnival tradition it is not seen as offending gesture. More like a homage to Disney`s Pocahontas.

Through-out its history, the carnival was a source of entertainment and controversy. The Knights of Malta, who brought the tradition to the island, had to reprimand residents numerous times over costumes or lavish celebrations. In 1569 a ban was issued by Grand Master Giovanni Paolo Lascaris to keep women away from the Knights` celebrations. It also forbade masks – those who would resist faced penalty of being publicly whipped. Maltese public answered in a typical Mediterranean fashion – regular riots erupted, a Jesuit church was ransacked and Grand Master Lascaris had to evacuate himself from St James Cavalier building in Valletta. It is worth noting that the next time Maltese decided to take to the streets was in 1919 due to prices of bread (incident is known as “Sette Giugno” or “Seventh of June”, and is celebrated as a milestone towards the independence of the Island).

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Maiko (Geisha in training)

Maiko (Geisha in training)

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Professional Carnival actor from Venice. His costume was made for the use of local Italian theater and was one of a kind. Show stopper.

Professional Carnival actor from Venice. His costume was made for the use of local Italian theater and was one of a kind. Show stopper.

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101 Dalmatians. The girls were not twins.

101 Dalmatians. The girls were not twins.

The story of Grand Master Lascaris constitutes our favourite anecdote – today St. James Cavalier hosts an art centre, cinema and a popular restaurant. The photos in this post have been taken on 9-10 February, 2013, and we had our lunches at St James. We were wondering what Grand Master Lascaris would say. Let’s hope that our choice of local ricotta pie would be approved…

Carnival can stir up controversy even in this day and age. In 2009 revellers were arrested in Nadur for dressing up as Jesus and nuns. One person was handed a month – long prison sentence, the rest were acquitted. It was due to ancient blasphemy and censorship laws that Malta is now getting rid of. In 2010, both Rita and I took part in the art exhibition called “The Art of Silence” against the censorship and Rita commented against the carnival arrests with one of her paintings. You can see the coverage in the link below:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/its-not-war-just-the-end-of-love/

Speaking of Rita being artistic and all about carnival cheer, in 2011 she also held a small exposition of her carnival masks at the Soap Café shop in Sliema. It was a very cool experience; you can recall it by visiting the post here:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/soap-cafe-2/

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Another popular character from modern carnival tradition - a warrior lady or gladiator

Another popular character from modern carnival tradition – a warrior lady or gladiator

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Home made costumes are the best ones. Especially if they come with a candy floss.

Home made costumes are the best ones. Especially if they come with a candy floss.

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Perrot from  Commedia dell'Arte - male character in his most noble/rich version. Often paired with Diamantina.

Perrot from Commedia dell’Arte – male character in his most noble/rich version. Often paired with Diamantina.

But back to the streets and the people in lovely costumes. The weather in February can be harsh and windy. In 2013, we had to dress ourselves up like we were taking part in Trans-Siberian expedition and tried to keep ourselves warm and hydrated at all times. Yet still became violently sick in the end. But we are very proud of the end effect. We wanted to portray not just stunning costumes or cute kids. We hoped to show the diversity of people you can meet on Maltese streets, all dressed up and celebrating in their own ways by using photography as the medium.

Think of it as one roll of film used well…

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Gender-bender. Rapunzel  from Disney movie Tangled.

Gender-bender. Rapunzel from Disney movie Tangled.

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Family affair - mother poses with her son against a carnival float

Family affair – mother poses with her son against a carnival float

If you want a longer read about Maltese Carnival, you may net-surf to those destinations:

 

Malta Tourism Authority: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/carnival

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_Carnival

Detailed blog about the Carnival: http://malta.jimdo.com/malta-carnival/

We will be back quite soon with photos from this year’s festival and our observations. But we want to leave you with a most wonderful and suitable song for the moment. This is how we feel running around with cameras.

Ladies and Gentlemen, one and only Natalie Merchant and her “Carnival”.

xxx
Rita+Mal

Broadhaven South in 27 clicks

Hello again!

Few days ago we complained about the gloomy winter weather in the UK. Today, we need the biblical ark! It has been raining cats and dogs and the canals around Worcester are now full. This is an annual river Severn flooding and Rita will have a lot of difficulties reaching her work. Streets will be closed, traffic jams will go for miles and only Mal will enjoy the lovely Mediterranean climate. Oh well, on days like these, all you can truly do is to put the heating on and look at some lovely photographs!

If you have missed our Tour de Wales, so far we have visited Ogmore-by-Sea, Saundersfoot and Barafundle Bay. You can read the reviews below:

Ogmore-by-Sea Review Part1: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea/
Ogmore-by-Sea Review Part2: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea-part-two/
Saundersfoot in 20 clicks: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/saundersfoot-in-20-clicks
Barrafundle Bay in 30 clicks: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/barafundle-bay-in-30-clicks/

As promised, we are still staying within the borders of the lovely Stackpole Estate. After seeing how beautiful Barafundle Bay is, we decided to show you another private beach that once belonged to the magnificently rich Earls of Cawdor. This beach is called Broadhaven and is located just two kilometers away from the picturesque village of Bosherston. We need to be very precise here – there are two beaches known as Broadhaven. The one we are interested in is officially known as Broadhaven South, the other is simply called Broadhaven. The other beach is situated near the village of Broadhaven, in the south east corner of St Bride’s Bay and lies in The Havens Community of Pembrokeshire. Please don’t make the same mistake as we did and ask the local residents how to get to Broadhaven Beach. You will receive pretty conflicting directions. Be more precise and either ask for Broadhaven South or for the Broadhaven Beach.

The two beaches are located quite close to each other but if you are new to the area, traveling on the narrow country roads can be a real challenge. To make matters even worse, SatNav on your phone will be useless, the internet connection in these parts of Wales is the worst we have seen! You will have to rely on the locals and road signs – almost as going back to The Middle Ages!

After arriving at Broadhaven South, the first thing you notice is a large car park and camping grounds at the popular Trevallen Farm (Bosherston, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA71 5DR, Telephone: 01646 661643). Again, you will be charged five pounds for parking. On a busy day, you might be asked by the parking attendant to stay only for several hours, as the parking spaces are being filled very quickly. Forget about the free parking after 17:30, in the summer you will not find a single place to park until 2 o’clock in the morning! Broadhaven is a very popular location – it is visited by thousands tourists each season. In recent years, it has also become a particularly favourite spot for rock climbers and surfers.

Luckily for tourists, Broadhaven South is not as remote as Barafundle Bay. National Trust has a small office near the parking that sells tickets, food, memorabilia, beach gear and souvenirs. You can even sign up as a National Trust member if you wish – you will not have to pay for the parking. This is what we have done and it proved to be a great decision. There is also an ice-cream van that has been in operation since the early 1960’s. The gentleman who owns it said that he is going to retire soon but each year he is delaying the decision. He remembered the original Cawdor Court at Stackpole and he could tell many interesting stories about the place. He informed us that the reason why the fantastic house was demolished was because it was abandoned for long period of time and the taxes for the land were too high to keep it. The Cawdor family apparently returned to their native Scotland and the grounds were sold. New owners were too poor to renovate the grand mansion and sadly it was destroyed. As a child, the gentleman was taught to swim by one of the Earl’s personal swimming instructors, who sometimes made exceptions for the local kids and worked for free. We were glad to hear that Broadhaven South has not changed much since them – it means the beach still remains clean and is not polluted.

Broadhaven South is surrounded by high cliffs and lime stones. The sand dunes are also much higher than those near Barafundle Bay and you will need a pair of sturdy shoes to walk around them. Don’t forget that the dunes and cliffs are part of coastal national reserve – you are allowed only to walk on designed paths not to disturb the local fauna and flora. Several plants growing on the rocks are indigenous to the local ecosystem and you will not find them anywhere else. Many people are involved in saving this splendid place for future generations!

The unspoilt and untamed beauty of Broadhaven South has been used as a filming location. In 1989, C.S. Lewis story “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (one of the books from “Chronicles of Narnia”) has been shot for a miniseries produced by BBC. In 2010, the post production and additional scenes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1& 2 were filmed here while the house of wizards, Bill and Flaur Weasley, the Seashell Cottage was created at the nearby beach of Fresh Water West. Broadhaven South has been used several times in Doctor Who as well – as you can see this is a famous ground for every fan of fantasy genre!

Last but not least – we also need to mention The Church Rock, a small but famous limestone solitary standing in the middle of the water some 150 yards from the sandy beach. If you believe the urban legends, The Church Rock is said to be some sort of an alien beacon or maybe an orientation point for the unidentified flying objects. It is true that UFO’s have been spotted many times flying around the beach. We haven’t seen any men in black sunbathing during our visit, but any paranormal activity at Broadhaven South could be a case for Mulder and Scully. We still believe!

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Broadhaven South - do not confuse with Broadchurch!

Broadhaven South – do not confuse with Broadchurch!

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National Trust office

National Trust office

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Ice scream stand offers treats to everyone including the fans of Mortal Kombat video game series

Ice scream stand offers treats to everyone including the fans of Mortal Kombat video game series

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Road to the beach

Road to the beach

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Sand dunes

Sand dunes

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The beach is popular all year round

The beach is popular all year round

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This particular picture has been edited by Mal to show you how the difference between natural pictures and those edited in Photoshop

This particular picture has been edited by Mal to show you the difference between natural pictures and those edited in Photoshop

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We arrived at the low tide, usually in the afternoon this part of the beach is covered by water

We arrived at the low tide, usually in the afternoon this part of the beach is covered by water

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At low tide the beach is growing in size

At low tide the beach is growing in size

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Rocks and sand - the beach looks almost like a California desert

Rocks and sand – the beach looks almost like a California desert

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Church Rock on the horizon

Church Rock on the horizon

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Calm waters

Calm waters

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Foot prints  - humans and animals. The dogs are welcomed to the beach

Foot prints – humans and animals. Dogs are welcomed to the beach

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The water is blue and green in the sunshine. It is considered the cleanest  in Wales

The water is blue and green in the sunshine. It is considered the cleanest in Wales

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How do you tell there is a razorshell hidden in the sand?

How do you tell there is a razorshell hidden in the sand?

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Broadhaven South is known from the dramatic coastline filled with limestone cliffs and caves

Broadhaven South is known from the dramatic coastline filled with limestone cliffs and caves

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Another beach and another Labrador swimming

Another beach and another Labrador swimming

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Cave close up

Cave close up

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Inside the cave

Inside the cave

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The lime stones are pretty interesting if you look at them up close

The lime stones are pretty interesting if you look at them up close

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The Coastal riff near the edge of Broadhaven beach

The Coastal riff near the edge of Broadhaven beach

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Cliffs again

Cliffs again

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This massive lime stone block is known locally as The Wall

This massive lime stone block is known locally as The Wall

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Rising tide creates  small streams along the beach

Rising tide creates small streams along the beach

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Water is quickly reclaiming the sand

Water is quickly reclaiming the sand

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Soon the sand is underwater and the tourists are escaping onto the sand sunes

Soon the sand is underwater and the tourists are escaping onto the sand dunes

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Panorama of Broadhaven South

Panorama of Broadhaven South

You can learn more about Broadhaven South by reading the links below:

BBC Nature: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/nature/sites/surfing/pages/sw_broadhaven.shtml
Bluestone Wales: http://www.bluestonewales.com/pembrokeshire/beaches/broad-haven-south
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Haven_South
Pembrokshire Coast: http://www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/?PID=122
Visit Pembrokshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/beaches/broad-haven-south/

All right, our work in Stackpole is done for now. We are moving, but we are not going very far. Just two miles away from Broadhaven South, there is a small 12th Century chapel that we always wanted to see. Please return soon, – One castle a day will be back!

Till then,
Rita and Mal

Barafundle Bay in 30 clicks

Welcome travellers!

It is the middle of November, the coldest and rainiest period for the United Kingdom (Malta is always sunny so they don’t care!) yet the gloomy weather will not scare us, as we are still remembering those beautiful and warm days of summer! Such memories are worth keeping especially during the winter gloom when all you can think of is the hot tea and a warm bed.

After visiting Ogmore-by-Sea and Saundersfoot, we are moving up the splendid Pembrokshire Coast and today we will invite you to visit one of the most unspoilt beaches in the world. No, we are absolutely not exaggerating at any point – Barafundle Bay has been called the Pearl of Wales, The Golden Beach and A Paradise on Earth. It has won several international awards for its wild beauty including Seaside Award (Rural) 2013, Green Coast Award 2013, Best Beach in Wales online award (voting took place in 2014), Best Beach in Britain (according to The Good Holiday Guide), Best place in the United Kingdom for a picnic (Country Life Magazine, 2006) and has been featured several times in Top Ten Beaches in the World by several magazines and tourist websites (Trip Advisor, Time Magazine, BBC and others). Do you need more encouragement? We didn’t think so!

Barafundle Bay is usually described as “remote, slightly curved, east-facing sandy beach” that lies between the Stackpole Quay and Broadhaven South on Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the only coastal natural reserve in the United Kingdom. It is one of several beaches that were part of the famous Stackpole Estate. This magnificent Georgian and Victorian country estate measured 24 kilometers and belonged to the richest family in Britain – the earls of Cawdors. The grand Stackpole Court has been sadly demolished in 1960, but even today the entire estate will amaze anyone who comes there. Right now it is a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve with cliffs, rock pools, wild lakes, semi natural woodland, remains of English and vegetable gardens (so called walled gardens), sand dunes and lily ponds. We will write about the estate in a separate entry in the future – we still haven’t visited all the right places and we want to write a proper, detailed review!

Sherlock fans should pay a special attention to Barafundle Bay – it is one of Benedict Cumberbatch’s favourite places in the world and it played an important part in a move called “Third star”. It is an independent production and we didn’t like it that much, but you can clearly see how much Mr Cumberbatch enjoyed being there! The movie was completed in 2009 and is widely available on DVD and Blu-ray. You can purchase a copy at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Third-Star-DVD-Benedict-Cumberbatch/dp/B0058ILL2K

Getting to the remote beach can be a bit of a problem. The only car park is at Stackpole Quay, nearly a mile away and you will have to pay five pounds per day. This is a standard fee for all National Trust managed places in the area so it is cheaper to join the National Trust than to pay a fiver every time you want to park somewhere. You can also walk to the beach from Broadhaven South, but the path is much more difficult – 3 miles of climbing the lime stones and dragging yourself through the sand almost feels like completing the London Marathon. We recommend parking at the Stackpole Quey and walking through the woodland and sand dunes. There is also a different path that leads through the cliffs and you can take some fantastic pictures from the top. Be careful when you are near the edge as there are no barriers and few unfortunate travelers met their end after falling down. Once you reach the beach, you will have the privilege of walking through a small gate that has been constructed for John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor. At the end, there is small stone staircase with 54 steps leading straight to the sandy shore. Let’s not forget that for nearly 200 years, Barafundle Bay has been a private beach and it has been protected by a guardsmen!

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Barafundle Bay

Barafundle Bay

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Entrance to the beach

Entrance to the beach

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Barafundle Bay as seen from the cliffs

Barafundle Bay as seen from the cliffs

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Green fields and blue sky - Wales at its best

Green fields and blue sky – Wales at its best

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I can't go down to the water's edge

I can’t go down to the water’s edge

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Water is crystal clear but you wouldn't want to fall down!

Water is crystal clear but you wouldn’t want to fall down!

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Sharp cliffs and hidden riffs make the Barafundle Bay a dangerous place to swim

Sharp cliffs and hidden riffs make the Barafundle Bay a dangerous place to swim

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There are small caves in the cliffs, but you cannot get there from the top - you will have to hire a rowing boat

There are small caves in the cliffs, but you cannot get there from the top – you will have to hire a rowing boat

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The views from the top are stunning

The views from the top are stunning

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It doesn't matter which direction you look to - the entire bay looks beautiful and wild

It doesn’t matter which direction you look to – the entire bay looks beautiful and wild

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Let's get down...to the beach. You can reach the sandy beach by going down 52 stone stairs

Let’s get down…to the beach. You can reach the sandy beach by going down 52 stone stairs

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The beach photographed from the stairs

The beach photographed from the stairs

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It was a lovely warm day, but as you can see nobody was brave enough to swim - the water was dreadfully cold

It was a lovely warm day, but as you can see nobody was brave enough to swim – the water was dreadfully cold

14.

We weren't afraid to let our feet get wet

We weren’t afraid to let our feet get wet

15.

Barafundle Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales - here's a proof!

Barafundle Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales – here’s a proof!

16.

Blue Jellyfish is common sight in Wales - this one was  sadly dead

Blue Jellyfish is common sight in Wales – this one was sadly dead

17.

Owrd of advice - don't touch the jellyfish that has been washed on the beach. They can still sting. It will not be strong but the sensation is not pleasurable

Word of advice – don’t touch the jellyfish that has been washed on the beach. They can still sting. It will not be strong but the sensation is not pleasurable

18.

Rocks located near the shore - you can sit on them watching the waves come and go

Rocks located near the shore – you can sit on them watching the waves come and go

19.

And the other end of the beach - even more rocks!

And the other end of the beach – even more rocks!

20.

Sand dunes between the Stackpole Estate and Barafundle Bay

Sand dunes between the Stackpole Estate and Barafundle Bay

21.

Narrow path leading to the beach from the dunes

Narrow path leading to the beach from the dunes

22.

The sandy road goes on and on

The sandy road goes on and on

23.

Thick grass growing on sand dunes - it is so sharp that it will cut through your skin

Thick grass growing on sand dunes – it is so sharp that it will cut through your skin

24.

Wild blackberry bush growing near the steps to the beach

Wild blackberry bush growing near the steps to the beach

25.

Barafundle Bay is known for its  diverse flora - poison ivy is a common sight growing among the rocks

Barafundle Bay is known for its diverse flora – poison ivy is a common sight growing among the rocks

27.

We don't know the name of this plant but it is very popular around the beach. Anybody knows what it is?

We don’t know the name of this plant but it is very popular around the beach. Anybody knows what it is?

28.

Safety first

Safety first

29.

Beach again - empty at the end of the day

Beach again – empty at the end of the day

30.

Early evening  - it's been a long day!

Early evening – it’s been a long day!

You can learn more about this amazing place by reading the following articles:

Visit Pembrokeshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/beaches/barafundle-bay/
National Trust: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356400537038/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barafundle_Bay
Pembrokshire Council: http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=101,100&id=13343
BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4761873.stm
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1474995-d481159-Reviews-Barafundle_Beach-Stackpole_Pembroke_Pembrokeshire_Wales.html
Wales Online: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/20-best-beaches-wales-2013-2573728

We will hang around the Stackpole Estate a bit longer and take you to Broadhaven South next. Stay tuned for another amazing collection of beautiful pictures and clicks! Have a fantastic day!

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Saundersfoot in 20 clicks

Hello, Hello!

Another week and another entry about Wales! We are turning Welsh pretty quickly and we are proud to say it loud. There is nothing to be ashamed of, anyway. Wales is one of the most beautiful places in the UK and discovering it was a true pleasure.

Last week, we have reviewed the picturesque sea side resort of Ogmore-by-Sea, a real Welsh pearl sadly overlooked by tourists. Let’s hope after a bit of marketing, Ogmorians (is this how you call the local residents?) will have their hands full when the next season comes! If you’d like to read the two part blog, please use the links below. What can you find inside? Lots of breathtaking pictures, ghost stories, beautiful ruins, great food and views to die for!

Ogmore-By-Sea Part 1:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea

Ogmore-By-Sea Part 2:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea-part-two/

Today, we will visit a very popular beach resort called Saundersfoot. This beautiful village is located in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is probably the most popular beach destination in the UK. Booking for summer holidays starts in January and by April, all places are gone till December! Lying in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembrokshire has been voted the most picturesque part of Wales by TripAdvisor and we completely agree. Taking a short break from castles, legends and ghosts – please enjoy this short and sweet entry  – Saundersfoot in 22 clicks!

1.

Saundersfoot village centre

Saundersfoot village center

2.

Brass band playing on the street of  Saundersfoot

Brass band playing on the street of Saundersfoot

3.

Residential district - there were no vacancies, when we arrived just one or two houses to buy

Residential district – there were no vacancies, when we arrived just one or two houses to buy

4.

One of the main roads - it was rather empty on Saturday afternoon

One of the main roads – it was rather empty on Saturday afternoon

5.

Saundresfoot Harbour looks beautiful anytime day or night. If you’d like to book a place to stay for your boat, please contact them at: http://www.saundersfootharbour.co.uk/

Saundersfoot marina at the low tide

Saundersfoot marina at low tide

6.

Castle in the sand

Castle in the sand

7.

Seagull dinner

Seagull dinner

8.

Tiny streams at the beach - sea water returning to the ocean

Tiny streams at the beach – sea water returning to the ocean

9.

Sea jelly

Sea jelly

10.

Southern part of Saundersfoot beach

Southern part of Saundersfoot beach

11.

Limestone near the cave

Limestone near the cave

12.

Ladies cave is a small chevron fold located on the southern end of Saundersfoot beach. You can only get here at low to mid tide, it is a perfect picnic location. The cave was named in Victorian times, ladies and children arriving at the beach would look for a shelter there during the rain. It is made from mud stone and limestone and is quite spectacular.

Ladies cave

Ladies cave

13.

The rocky part of the beach is very interesting, you can find crabs and  seashells in the rock pools forming at high tide

The rocky part of the beach is very interesting, you can find crabs and seashells in the rock pools forming at high tide

14.

Bigger picture with the cave in the background

Bigger picture with the cave in the background

15.

Razor shell among millions of  other sea shells. We have seen people fishing for them using water bottles. Apparently razor shells make  a delicious soup

Razor shell among millions of other sea shells. We have seen people fishing for them using water bottles. Apparently razor shells make a delicious soup

16.

We love sea shells - we have gathered an entire bucket!

We love sea shells – we have gathered an entire bucket!

17.

Main beach in Saundersfoot

Main beach in Saundersfoot

18.

Calm seas in the afternoon

Calm seas in the afternoon

19.

Saundersfoot is a popular tourist destination. It is twinned with Tenby, another mega popular sea resort

Saundersfoot is a popular tourist destination. It is twinned with Tenby, another mega popular sea resort

20.

Village as seen from the beach at the low tide - you can go for a mile before you reach the water

Village as seen from the beach at the low tide – you can go for a mile before you reach the water

21.

Walking in shallow water can be hard - your legs are getting stuck in the sand

Walking in shallow water can be hard – your legs are getting stuck in the sand

22.

It's time to go home - the tide is rising!

It’s time to go home – the tide is rising!

Popular links:

Saundersfoot on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saundersfoot
Chamber of Commerce: http://www.visit-saundersfoot.com
Chamber on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/visitsaundersfoot
Visit Pembrokshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/towns-and-villages/saundersfoot/

Please come back soon, we will be visiting the world famous Barafoundle Bay next!

Ahoy!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

SuperMoon that went viral

Ahooy!

We don’t usually believe in horoscopes, but 2014 is a very strange year. The Year of the Horse in Chinese astrology has been anything but boring – from Olympics in Sochi, unrest in the Middle East, Palestine-Israeli conflict to ebola outbreak in Africa – for the last ten months, we have been sitting on edge, hanging onto our seats and trying not to fall off.

A lot has been happening on Earth and even more has happened around us, in the universe. This past summer has been truly extraordinary for the stargazers. With three super moons in a row (July 12th, August 10th, and Sept. 9th) and  Perseids Meteor Shower (12 and 13 of August) this astronomical year will be a year to remember.

You don’t have to be a NASA member, or a proud owner of a big telescope to enjoy some spectacular views. All you need is a good lens and a Canon camera. Promise, a few skilled shots and your vision of the Moon may  go viral.

Malta seems to be the new Internet hot spot. Whatever happens on the island is quickly photographed, described, shared and is taking the Internet community by storm. Just few days ago, we have posted a big selection of screens from Gostra competition that went viral for the second time in just 11 months. Today, we want to show you the pictures of three super moons taken by Darrin Zammit Lupi. We don’t know how to explain this phenomenon, but Darrin’s shots of Maltese sky were described as the most striking and were published in every respectable magazine. Do you know that some photographers have to wait years to be considered for a double spread in Time Magazine? Darrin didn’t have to wait even half  a day! Time Magazine’s editors decided to print the pictures straight away upon seeing them – it is a huge and once-in-a-supermoon honor.

Previous pictures that went viral:
Gostra 2013: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/when-a-photo-goes-viral/
Gostra 2014: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/when-the-picture-goes-viral-again-gostra-competition-2014

We wanted to include all websites that mentioned Darrin’s photographs, but  there are thousands articles out there! Please take a look at the most prestigious media that once again helped our little but beautiful island to  become a center of attention. Have fun!

Super Moon entire gallery was published at Photoshelter – Darrin Zammit Lupi 18th of August 2014:
http://darrinzammitlupi.photoshelter.com/gallery/Supermoon-and-Fireworks/G0000HpFtOFuCZjk

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photoshelter-Supermoon and Fireworks 18th of August 2014

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photoshelter-Supermoon and Fireworks 18th of August 2014

Reuters Story Shooting the Supermoon:
http://widerimage.reuters.com/story/shooting-the-supermoon

Reuters Wide image - Shooting the SuperMoon

Reuters Wide image – Shooting the SuperMoon 18th of August 2014

Reuters Full Focus: August 15th 2014:
http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2014/08/15/editors-choice-53/#a=13

Reuters Full focus 15th of August 2014

Reuters Full Focus 15th of August 2014

Reuters Pictures of the Week:
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR42K2V#a=13

euters-com-news-pictures-slideshow 17th of August 2014

Reuters Pictures of the Week  17th of August 2014

Reuters Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Reuters/photos/a.363265930360436.87264.114050161948682/795626700457688/?type=1&relevant_count=1

Reuters Facebook 11th of August 2014

Reuters Facebook 11th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/498838253739708416/photo/1

Reuters on Twitter, 11th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter, 11th of August 2014

Times of Malta- Photos of the Week:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140816/pictures/photos-of-the-week-times-of-malta.531839

The Times of Malta - Pictures of the week 16th of August 2014

The Times of Malta – Pictures of the week 16th of August 2014

Times of Malta – A moon with a view:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140812/pictures/A-moon-with-a-view.531527

Times of Malta  - A Moon with a view 12th of August 2014

Times of Malta – A Moon with a view 12th of August 2014

Herman Grech on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Earthling70/status/500947864760369152

Herman Grech Times of Malta President on Twitter 17th of August 2014

Herman Grech Times of Malta President on Twitter 17th of August 2014

Time Magazine (picture number 10):
http://time.com/3099968/supermoon-astronomy-earth/

The Time Magazine 11th of August 2014

The Time Magazine online 11th of August 2014

The Time Magazine spread - printed version

The Time Magazine spread – printed version

Wall Street Journal (pictures 6 and 12):
http://online.wsj.com/articles/photos-a-super-moon-rises-1407709530

The Wall Street Journal picture 6  11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 6 11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 12, 11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 12, 11th of August 2014

The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/aug/10/supermoon-skies-perigee-around-the-world-in-pictures?CMP=fb_gu

The Guardian - Supermoon lights up the skiesaround the world in pictures 10th of August 2014

The Guardian – Supermoon lights up the skiesaround the world in pictures 10th of August 2014

And another article from the Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/11/in-praise-of-supermoons

The Guardian - In praise of ... supermoons 11th of August 2014

The Guardian – In praise of … supermoons 11th of August 2014

Telegraph (pictures 19, 20, 21):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/picture-galleries/11025235/Supermoon-Photos-from-around-the-world-of-the-full-moon.html?frame=3002210

The Telegraph  - Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014

The Telegraph – Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014

The Telegraph  - Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014 page 2

The Telegraph – Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014 page 2

The Telegraph - close up 1

The Telegraph – close up 1

The Telegraph close up 2

The Telegraph close up 2

The Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721605/Once-supermoon-Skies-world-lit-night-largest-moon-20-years-reached-closest-point-orbit-Earth.html

The Daily Mail  - Once in a supermoon 11th of August 2014

The Daily Mail – Once in a supermoon 11th of August 2014

Newsweek Technology:
http://www.newsweek.com/quora-question-who-controls-real-estate-moon-and-other-planets-271630

Newsweek Technology - Quora Question: Who Controls Real Estate on the Moon and Other Planets? 21st of September 2014

Newsweek Technology – Quora Question: Who Controls Real Estate on the Moon and Other Planets? 21st of September 2014

Sky News (picture 5 and 9):
http://news.sky.com/story/1316230/supermoon-lights-up-sky-in-stunning-space-pics

Sky News  - Supermoon Lights Up Sky In Stunning Space Pics 10th of August 2014

Sky News – Supermoon Lights Up Sky In Stunning Space Pics 10th of August 2014

BBC News (video slide at 0:50):
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28748915

BBC News 11th of August 2014

BBC News 11th of August 2014

BBC News close up 1

BBC News close up 1

BBC News close up 2

BBC News close up 2

NBC News:

NBC News - Summer's Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night , 11th of August 2014

NBC News – Summer’s Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night , 11th of August 2014

NBC News Science:
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/month-space-see-supermoon-other-super-sights-n192001

NBC Science - Super moon and other super sighs 31st of August 2014

NBC Science – Super moon and other super sighs 31st of August 2014

NBC News Pictures on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/NBCNewsPictures/status/506049752228962304/photo/1

NBCNews on Twitter - 31st of August 2014

NBCNews on Twitter – 31st of August 2014

ITV News 9th of September:
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-09-10/from-heathrow-to-istanbul-supermoon-lights-up-the-night-sky/

ITV News 10th of September 2014

ITV News 10th of September 2014

CBS News (picture 12):
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/august-supermoon-wows/12/

CBS News  - Supermoon lights up the night sky 10th of August 2014

CBS News – Supermoon lights up the night sky 10th of August 2014

ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spectacular-photos-supermoon/story?id=24926198

ABC News 11th of August 2014

ABC News 11th of August 2014

Al Jazeera (picture 10, 18, 23, 26, 27):
http://aljazeera.com.galleries.newscred.com/gallery_slideshow/950fae7869237f3e7bc1cf0c59b4dfdf?width=1025&disable_link_to_hosted_page=1&height=771&show_related=0&style_id=1305214650909

Al Jazeera News published 11th of August 2014 picture 10

Al Jazeera News published 11th of August 2014 picture 10

Al Jazeera News picture 18

Al Jazeera News picture 18

Al Jazeera News picture 23

Al Jazeera News picture 23

Al Jazeera News picture 26

Al Jazeera News picture 26

Al Jazeera News picture 27

Al Jazeera News picture 27

Arab News (via Facebook page):
https://www.facebook.com/TheArabNews/photos/a.10152672611302125.1073742028.10250877124/10152672614577125/?type=1

Arab news via Facebook 11th of August 2014

Arab news via Facebook 11th of August 2014

International Business Times:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/supermoon-best-photos-around-world-space-station-1460636

International Business Times - Supermoon: The Best Photos from Around the World - and the Space Station 11th of August 2014

International Business Times – Supermoon: The Best Photos from Around the World – and the Space Station 11th of August 2014

Metro (three pictures):
http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/10/gallery-supermoon-pictures-from-around-the-world-4827372/

Metro UK - Gallery: Supermoon pictures from around the world 10th of August 2014

Metro UK – Gallery: Supermoon pictures from around the world 10th of August 2014

Metro picture 1

Metro picture 1

Metro picture 2

Metro picture 2

Metro picture 3

Metro picture 3

Irish Times (two images):
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/views-of-the-supermoon-1.1893557

Irish Times - Views of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

Irish Times – Views of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

The Irish Times picture 2

The Irish Times picture 2

Go Metro Ireland:
http://gometro.ie/2014/08/the-supermoon-in-pictures-around-the-world/

Go Metro Ireland - The supermoon in pictures, around the world 11th of  August 2014

Go Metro Ireland – The supermoon in pictures, around the world 11th of August 2014

The Globe and Mail (picture 11):
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/multimedia/camera-club/in-photos/the-best-images-from-the-past-24-hours/article19983781/

The Globe and Mail - The best images from 10th of August 2014

The Globe and Mail – The best images from 10th of August 2014

Paris Match (pictures 1,2,3,6,13):
http://www.parismatch.com/Actu/Environnement-et-sciences/En-images/La-super-Lune-illumine-la-planete-579649#

Paris Match  - La

Paris Match – La “super Lune” illumine la planète 11th August 2014

El Periodico Spain:
http://www.elperiodico.com/es/galerias/sociedad/asi-visto-superluna-mundo/73771.shtml?12#

El Periodico - Así se ha visto la superluna en el mundo 11th of August 2014

El Periodico – Así se ha visto la superluna en el mundo 11th of August 2014

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland (pictures 2,3 and 4):
http://metro.gazeta.pl/Lifestyle/5,135320,16458926,Wyjatkowy_Superksiezyc__To_wlasnie_teraz_jest_najblizszy.html?i=1

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland - Wyjątkowy Superksiężyc. To właśnie teraz jest najbliższy Ziemi, największy i najpiękniejszy 11 August 2014

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland – Wyjątkowy Superksiężyc. To właśnie teraz jest najbliższy Ziemi, największy i najpiękniejszy 11 August 2014

RT News Russia:
http://rt.com/news/186332-red-harvest-supermoon-september/

RT News  - Red Harvest Supermoon 9th of september

RT News – Red Harvest Supermoon 9th of september

Buzzfeed (pix 23):
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/stunning-pictures-of-the-supermoon-from-around-the-world?bffb

BuzzFeed - 24 Mesmerizing Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World 11th of August 2014

BuzzFeed – 24 Mesmerizing Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World 11th of August 2014

Totally Cool Pix (pictures 10, 24, 25, 26):
http://totallycoolpix.com/2014/08/an-awesome-supermoon/

Totally Cool Pix 11th of August 2014

Totally Cool Pix 11th of August 2014

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/08/supermoon-2014/100791/

The Atlantic - In Focus  SuperMoon  - 11th of august 2014

The Atlantic – In Focus SuperMoon – 11th of August 2014

The Atlantic Close Up

The Atlantic Close Up

Red Eye Chicago:
http://photos.redeyechicago.com/chi-supermoon-around-the-world-photos-20140810/

Redeye Chicago Supermoon around the world photos 10th of August 2014

Redeye Chicago Supermoon around the world photos 10th of August 2014

Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-supermoon-valletta-wre0021049571-20140908-photo.html

Chicago Tribune - Supermoon in Malta 9th of September 2014

Chicago Tribune – Supermoon in Malta 9th of September 2014

Boston News 11th of August 2014:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/supermoon_photographs_from_around_the_world.html

Boston.com - The Big Picture: Supermoon photographs from round the world 11th August 2014

Boston.com – The Big Picture: Supermoon photographs from round the world 11th August 2014

Baltimore Sun (pictures 3, 10):
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2014/08/supermoon-seen-around-the-world/#3

Darkroom at The Baltimore Sun  - Supermoon seen around the world 10th of August 2014

Darkroom at The Baltimore Sun – Supermoon seen around the world 10th of August 2014

Toronto Sun (pictures 5, 10, 22, 23, 24):
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/11/supermoon-and-meteor-shower-set-to-light-up-sunday-sky

Toronto Sun - 11th of august 2014

Toronto Sun – 11th of august 2014

Toronto Sun picture 5

Toronto Sun picture 5

Toronto Sun picture 10

Toronto Sun picture 10

Toronto Sun picture 22

Toronto Sun picture 22

Toronto Sun picture 23

Toronto Sun picture 23

Toronto Sun picture 24

Toronto Sun picture 24

LFPress Canada 11th of August (picture 1,5, 10, 22, 23, 24, 25):
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/08/11/supermoon-and-meteor-shower-set-to-light-up-sunday-sky

LF Press  - Supermoon lights up the sky 11th of August 2014

LF Press – Supermoon lights up the sky 11th of August 2014

CNews (pictures 1,2,6,11,23,24,25):
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Microgalleries/2014/08/11/21865691.html#1

C News Quebec Amazing photos of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

C News Quebec Amazing photos of the Supermoon 11th of August 2014

C News Quebec picture 1

C News Quebec picture 1

C News Quebec picture 2

C News Quebec picture 2

C News Quebec picture 6

C News Quebec picture 6

C News Quebec picture 11

C News Quebec picture 11

C News Quebec picture 23

C News Quebec picture 23

C News Quebec picture 24

C News Quebec picture 24

C News Quebec picture 25

C News Quebec picture 25

Times of India:
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/the-photo-blog/35-stunning-pictures-of-the-supermoon-from-around-the-world/

Times of India - 35 stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world, 11th of August 2014

Times of India – 35 stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world, 11th of August 2014

The Daily Star Lebanon 10th of September 2014:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/PhotoGallery.aspx?id=1223#axzz3GJUYfq4p

The Daily Star- Lebanon 10th of September 2014

The Daily Star- Lebanon 10th of September 2014

Inet Detik interview with Darrin Zammit Lupi:
http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/08/20/094028/2667084/1277/fofografer-kawakan-pun-gugup-saat-motret-supermoon

Fofografer Kawakan pun Gugup Saat Motret Supermoon - 20th of August 2014

Fofografer Kawakan pun Gugup Saat Motret Supermoon – 20th of August 2014

More information about Detikcom:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DetikCom

IEYE News Cayman Islands 11th of August 2014:
http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/supermoon-photographs-from-around-the-world/

Ieye News Cayman Islands - Supermoon photographs from around the world- 11th August 2014

Ieye News Cayman Islands – Supermoon photographs from around the world- 11th August 2014

Just to remind you dear readers, Darrin is working on his new project called Islelanders. Please use the below links to spread the word and support one of the most talented photographers we have.

Darrin Zammit Lupi:

Official website:  www.darrinzammitlupi.com/
Reuters blog:      http://blogs.reuters.com/darrinzammitlupi/
Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/darrin.zammitlupi
Portfolio:             https://www.facebook.com/DarrinZammitLupiPhotography
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/darrinzl
Instagram:         http://instagram.com/darrinzl

Islelanders project:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islelanders
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/islelanders

There is not much else that can be added really – pictures like those are not worth just thousands of words, but millions.
Share them with your friends and let the tourists know how beautiful the night skies look like in the Mediterranean.
Have a lovely evening and we shall see you soon! New Season of Doctor Who is going strong as well and you can expect some  very fiery statements from us soon!

Sleep tight and dream of the moon!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

******UPDATE 15.12.2014*******

As the end of the year is approaching quickly, the media are working on their top 10’s, 20’s, 50’s and 100’s of the most fascinating and the most interesting things of the last 12 months. Time Magazine is the first one to introduce a list of the best pictures of the year and guess what – our Maltese Super Moon has been featured at number 8!

Darrin’s photographs are featured here every year so it’s not a big surprise. It’s just good to see the moon going viral…again.

Time Magazine editors present an unranked selection of the best 100 images of the year:

http://time.com/3599787/top-100-photos-of-2014/

Time magazine selection on 15th of December 2014

Time Magazine selection on 15th of December 2014

Bigger version can be seen here:

Supermoon over Malta - picture number 8 in Time Magazine

Supermoon over Malta – picture number 8 in Time Magazine

Have fun!
R+M

******UPDATE 01.08.2015*******

It`s August already, and we thought a small update was in order. If you were waiting for August Moon ball 2015, look above! Earthlings are about to enjoy a rare, second full moon in a month or so called Blue Moon. The views will be stunning, so do not miss it! Unfortunately we are not sure if this year we will have any photos going viral. But do not despair. Our Super Moon from 2014 is still making rounds.  If you don’t believe us, look to the screenshot below.

Tweet by Ashley Byford-Bates, July 13, 2015

Tweet by Ashley Byford-Bates, July 13, 2015

This is a tweet from Global Head of Reuters Pictures and Archive Products Mr. Ashley Byford -Bates. What a surprise to learn that  photo taken exactly one year ago, is now an archive favorite among Reuters clients! If this is not a thing to boast about in your resume, then we don’t know what is!

Old newsroom saying goes that you can sell your photos three times: right after taking the image, a week later and as a part of newspaper`s archives. And we cant find a better example how true old journalistic sayings are.

We will investigate if there were any other mentions of the Super Moon from last year, but for now we will lie under the moon and dream.

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When the picture goes viral again – Gostra competition 2014

Hello dear readers!

It’s hard to imagine, but a whole year has passed since Gostra- man has taken the virtual world by storm! So much has happened since then – Mr Daniel Caruana has seen his face published in the most popular newspapers in every corner of our globe, has been featured on BBC News, radio talk shows, various TV programs and in a corporate calendar. The picture taken on 25th of August 2013 has become a legend – in the future Darrin Zammit Lupi’s picture will be exhibited as one of the most iconic images of this decade. And Mr Caruana’s children and grandchildren will be remembering how proud he was feeling on that day.

If you’d like to see the international coverage for the Gostra competition from last year, please see the link below.  It is still one of our most popular blog entries written and literally thousands of people have stopped by to look at the gathered screenshots:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/when-a-photo-goes-viral/

For his contribution to promotion of Malta on the international scene, Mr Caruana should receive the National Order of Merit – the highest decoration of the Republic. Not only has he popularized the oldest sport in the Mediterranean, but also brought the attention to the smallest state in the European Union.  We have spoken to many visitors in Malta and in the UK – some especially booked their holidays to see the Gostra competition – this is the power of one single shot!

Twelve months later, the Gostra pictures are striking again. Darrin Zammit Lupi  has been covering the competition this year as well, and the international press have picked up his pictures straight away. Here we go: from Europe to China, from The Middle East to Australia – Gostra 2014 has gone viral all over again.

Should we be surprised? Not at all – great quality will always be appreciated.

Here is the collection of screens we have come across this year. We have skipped many others as it is impossible to collect everything – but please enjoy this small selection!

Reuters News:
http://pictures.reuters.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2C0408WRGGEEL

Reuters News 24th of August 2014

Reuters News 24th of August 2014

Reuters Gallery:
http://www.reutersgallery.com/?mode=view&id=8718

Reuters Gallery 25th of August 2014

Reuters Gallery 25th of August 2014

Reuters Japan:
http://jp.reuters.com/news/pictures/rpSlideshows?articleId=JPRTR43MR7#a=7

Reuters Japan 24th of August 2014

Reuters Japan 24th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter 24th of August 2014:
https://twitter.com/reuterspictures/status/503749880645316609

Reuters re-twitted a link to the picture  on  24th August 2014

Reuters re-twitted a link to the picture on 24th August 2014

Time Magazine Pictures of the Week (photo number 4):
http://time.com/3269104/pictures-of-the-week-22/

The Time Magazine -Pictures of the week 22nd - 31st of August 2014

The Time Magazine -Pictures of the week 22nd – 31st of August 2014

Times of Malta:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140830/pictures/photos-of-the-week-times-of-malta.533517

The Times of Malta  - Photos of the week 30th of August 2014

The Times of Malta – Photos of the week 30th of August 2014

Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/day-in-photos/2014/08/25/c31a5fbe2c4c-11e4-9b98-848790384093_gallery.html#item0

Washington Post 25th of August 2014

Washington Post 25th of August 2014

Washington Post  – close up at the picture at Pictures of the Day gallery

Washington Post  - Picture of the Day Gallery

Washington Post – Picture of the Day Gallery

CBS News (picture 35):
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/photos-of-the-week-aug-23-29/35/

CBS News 29th August 2014

CBS News 29th August 2014

The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/11077024/The-week-in-pictures-5-September-2014.html?frame=3022783

Telegraph UK 5 September 2014

Telegraph UK 5 September 2014

Yahoo UK and Ireland News:
https://uk.cars.yahoo.com/photos/alien-creature-mystery-solved-in-south-africa-1373865179-slideshow/man-slips-off-gostra-pole-covered-grease-during-photo-040746254.html

Yahoo UK and Ireland News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo UK and Ireland News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo News International:
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/man-grabs-flag-slips-off-gostra-pole-covered-photo-212956252.html;_ylt=AwrBEiLJcPpTO04A1QXRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTB1MWRmOTQyBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNpbWFnZQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–

Yahoo International News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo International News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo India:
https://in.finance.yahoo.com/photos/humpback-whales-at-the-uramba-bahia-malaga-natural-park-slideshow/man-slips-off-gostra-pole-covered-grease-during-photo-040746254.html

Yahoo India on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo India on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo Sport News UK:
https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/photos/man-clutches-flag-falls-off-gostra-pole-covered-photo-194358947.html

Yahoo Sport News August 31st 2014

Yahoo Sport News August 31st 2014

The Independent (Ireland):
http://www.independent.ie/incoming/the-world-in-pictures-30550800.html

The Independent (Ireland) 5th of September 2014

The Independent (Ireland) 5th of September 2014

Voice of America News:
http://www.voanews.com/media/photogallery/august-25-2014-day-in-photos/2427522.html

Voice of America News August 25 2014

Voice of America News August 25 2014

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/08/photos-of-the-week-8-24-8-29/100801/

The Atlantic - In Focus 28th of August 2014

The Atlantic – In Focus 28th of August 2014

The Week:
http://theweek.com/article/index/267316/the-weeks-best-photojournalism

The Week - Best Photojournalism 29th of August 2014

The Week – Best Photojournalism 29th of August 2014

Business Insider:
http://www.businessinsider.com/opening-bell-august-25-2014-8

Business Insider 25th of August 2014

Business Insider 25th of August 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald:
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/clique/best-of-the-world–august-26-2014-20140825-3eapi.html?aggregate=&selectedImage=3

The Sydney Morning Herald 25th of August 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald 25th of August 2014

MSN News:
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/topstories/best-pictures-of-the-week-september-5-2014/ss-BB1t20L#image=15

MSN  - Best pictures of the week 5th of September 2014

MSN News – Best pictures of the week 5th of September 2014

The Christian Science Monitor (picture 17):
http://www.csmonitor.com/Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2014/Photos-of-the-day-08-25#849462

Christian Science Monitor 25th of August 2014

Christian Science Monitor 25th of August 2014

News Austra:
http://www.news.at/a/bilder-26-08-2014/5057496

News Austria 26th August 2014

News Austria 26th August 2014

Europe 1 France:
http://www.europe1.fr/international/monsieur-pleine-lune-fait-le-menage-et-un-drole-de-jeu-maltais-2216105

Europe1 (France) 29th of August 2014

Europe1 (France) 29th of August 2014

Liberation France:
http://www.liberation.fr/photographie/2014/08/25/regardez-l-actualite_1086404?photo_id=671904

Liberation France - Photographie 25th of August 2014

Liberation France – Photographie 25th of August 2014

Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN) Belgium:
http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/9097/Wereld/photoalbum/detail/2022997/1437752/1/Maltesers-beklimmen-de-gostra.dhtml

HLN Belgium 28th of August 2014

HLN Belgium 28th of August 2014

El Mundo Spain:
http://www.elmundo.es/album/internacional/2014/08/29/53fdb35822601dab348b4573_5.html

El Mundo 28th of August 2014

El Mundo 28th of August 2014

Tumbl Hot Search of the Day: Gostra
https://www.tumblr.com/search/gostra

Tumbl Hot Search of the Day: Gostra - 1st of September 2014

Tumbl Hot Search of the Day: Gostra – 1st of September 2014

Tempo Indonesia:
http://www.tempo.co/read/beritafoto/20241/Gostra-Lomba-Panjat-Pinang-di-Eropa-Selatan/3

Tempo_Indonesia 25th of August 2014

Tempo_Indonesia 25th of August 2014

Sindonews Indonesia:
http://photo.sindonews.com/view/8695/lomba-panjat-tiang

Sindonews Indonesia 1st of September 2014

Sindonews Indonesia 1st of September 2014

Merdeka News Indonesia:
http://www.merdeka.com/foto/dunia/perlombaan-unik-panjat-pinang-ala-eropa.html

Merdeka News 31st of August 2014

Merdeka News 31st of August 2014

Economic Times India:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/day-in-pics/august-25-2014/a-man-slips-off-the-gostra-a-pole-covered-in-grease/slideshow/40862822.cms

Economic Times India 25th of August 2014

Economic Times India 25th of August 2014

Jackarta Globe India:
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/multimedia/eyewitness/gostra/

The Jakarta Globe 26th of August 2014

The Jakarta Globe 26th of August 2014

South China Morning:
http://www.scmp.com/photos/recent/all/1580787

South China Morning News 26th of August 2014

South China Morning News 26th of August 2014

China Daily:
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014-08/25/content_18482325_3.htm

China Daily 25th of August 2014

China Daily 25th of August 2014

Trade Arabia:
http://www.tradearabia.com/news/PIC_264223.html

Trade Arabia 25th of August 2014

Trade Arabia 25th of August 2014

If you have been mesmerized by Darrin’s beautiful images, soon you will have a chance to see more of his excellent photos. He is currently working on his latest project called Islanders – a photo-book summarizing a decade of his life spent documenting the struggles and plight of immigrants and asylum seekers. The project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Avantech – Canon and M.Demajo Group.

Darrin Zammit Lupi:

Official website:  www.darrinzammitlupi.com/
Reuters blog:      http://blogs.reuters.com/darrinzammitlupi/
Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/darrin.zammitlupi
Portfolio:              https://www.facebook.com/DarrinZammitLupiPhotography
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/darrinzl
Instagram:           http://instagram.com/darrinzl

Islelanders project:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islelanders
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/islelanders

Please come back soon as we have some seriously unearthly images to show you!
Malta is on the roll – it’s not only Gostra that recently went viral!

We won’t say anything more, you will have to come and see for yourselves!
Have a splendid day!

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz