Taking a moment to shine a light on Indonesia in the face of the recent tragic events in Jakarta. I went a couple months back in October-November 2015.
Thank you for your patience Loyal readers, I shall endeavor to write about tales from Indonesia where I was visiting last month…
Let us begin with a young Artist I met who is friends with my cousins. Her name is Eem Rohimah.
Eem uses oil pastels and different textured pens, inks and paper to produce her work. She has an eye for typography and made me a special print emblazoned with my name. The above image featuring circles and orange tones is a copy of an already existent piece by another artist.
Here is the wonderful personalized handmade art print Eem made me.
Visit The Wignacourt Museum in Rabat, Malta to view in person these majestic pieces of art. It is only Eur5.00. A plethora of paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saints and Popes to be found. To view more photos in the Wignacourt’s collection visit the Artsy Jolie Girl Facebook Fanpage for a fuller view of paintings on display:
© Catherine Vaughan
So this was at St Julians’ Bay which is a little more upmarket. We stayed at Cavalieri Art Hotel. In its hallway there is contemporary art on display and it has a very modern and hip feel to the place. St Julian’s bay at night time is magnificent with lot’s of restaurants it is the most sophisticated part of Malta. The small shot second on the left is the third largest rotunda dome in the world: the Mosta Dome in Mosta. Built in 1860 it was very fortunate to survive an air raid bombing in WW2. Miraculously the 300 people attending Mass at the time the 200kg bomb fell through the dome were not harmed. Notably the bomb did not explode too!
I absolutely never tire of Malta. Everything is nearby, an abundance of great restaurants (pasta, pesto, mozzarella and seafood dishes are prevalent), an endless ocean breeze to keep you cool and everyone speaks English! My ideal holiday destination!
This was the second trip to Malta of 2012. I went in early October. The main image is a shot of an old film set. Do you recognise it? It is the Popeye Village! This was the film set of Robin Williams’ 1980 film Popeye-everything has remained and you can even visit it. I did not visit but had a look around and it is so quaint. The top left building is St Paul’s church in Rabat-note it is not St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina Malta. The bottom right building is a Rotunda based in the village of Xewkija on the Maltese island Gozo. there are frequent, efficient and large ferries going to and fro the various islands.