Malta consists of two inhabited islands, and together  cover just 316 km2. The population is around 515.000 people. The islands are located around 80 kilometres South of Sicily. It is thus located in "the middle of the earth", as it is in the middle of the Medi-terra-nean ocean. Therefore, the island has an important strategic location. It has been ruled with a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British. The latter withstood the terrible bombing during WW2. Malta became a state in 1964 under British governance, and in 1974 England withdrew from the island, and Malta then became  a republic.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­We visited Malta in the Spring of 2016.