Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean

The Return of the Jews: Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean
Irene Shaland’s Virtual Presentation

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020  7:00 PM via Zoom

Registrations for this Zoom based lecture is required. Click here to register 

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Irene Shaland invites you to travel to the south of Italy that presents an unusually optimistic chapter in the history of the Jewish Diaspora. Visiting with Irene the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and the tip of the Italian “boot,” Calabria, you will discover a world of little-known Jewish history: centuries marked by fear and secrets, decades filled with the search for one’s identity, and courage to defy conventions by reinventing oneself.

These are the stories of B’nei Anousim, or “children of the forced ones” from the south of Italy. The elimination of institutional Judaism by the infamous 1492 Edict of Expulsion and the Inquisition did not mean the end of Judaism itself. The destruction of synagogues and the burning of “Judaizers” five centuries ago forced the Jews of Sicily and Sardinia to take their traditions down to the cellars of their homes where the memories and stories were kept alive, even when descendants forgot their exact meaning.

And now, the number of those with a “call of blood,” who think they have Jewish ancestry and want to learn more about it, or even embrace their newly-discovered heritage, is on the rise throughout the south of Italy. Let the story of the Anousim lead you into the world of hope – the cultural and spiritual reawakening – The Return of The Jews.

In visiting Calabria with Irene, you will also discover how the Jews from the south of Italy coped with- and persevered through- Coronavirus Pandemic.

Rav di Mauro

Rav di Mauro of Siracusa, the first Rabbi in Sicily after 500 years of expulsion. Photo by Alex Shaland.

 

Palermo Cathedral

Palermo Cathedral embraced the best of all architectural styles of medieval Sicily: Romanesque, Arab, Norman, and Byzantine. Photo by Alex Shaland.

 

Nora Stone of Sardinia

Nora Stone of Sardinia, 11th cent. BCE. The first Semitic alphabet invented by Phoenicians. Photo by Alex Shaland.

 

Rabbi Barbara Aiello

Rabbi Barbara Aiello, the leader of the Anousim movement and the first female Rabbi in Italy, demonstrates blowing a shofar in the synagogue of Calabria, the first synagogue in the south of Italy since the expulsion. Photo by Alex Shaland

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The Dao of Being Jewish in the bookstorebook at the museum bookstoreIf you read my latest book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” and liked it please help it reach a wider audience.

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Here is what “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” is about:

“Shaland takes you by the hand and delivers a Jewish heart.”— C.J. Brown, Editor, HaLapid Magazine

“These are investigations of Jewish communities…in some of the world’s most exotic, romantic or just plain unlikely locations.”— L. Hankin, Editor, Intermountain Jewish News

“This book is full of Jewish survival stories and fascinating tales. Though not a conventional travel guide, the book will help the reader learn about the history of Jewish communities in ten countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa and show hard to find places they might want to visit.”—GTA Books

Two and a half millennia ago, a small party of Jews explored new trading routes for King Solomon, settled in the south of India, and lived there peacefully until today. Similarly, during the ancient Roman period, many Jewish merchants traveled to China over the Silk Route and some made it their permanent home.  Also, before the Edict of Expulsion in 1492, Sicily was home to over 50 Jewish communities, possibly numbering 50,000 people.

So, how did the Diaspora bring these wandering Jews to so many places around the globe? And why did Jews live happily in India and China for centuries and not experience antisemitism, while the story of the Jews in Europe went from persecutions and massacres to unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust? Finally, why do we see the rise of antisemitism and violence again in the 21st century?

You will find answers to these questions and much more in the current edition of Irene Shaland’s artfully illustrated book The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories. She collected these fascinating stories while visiting ten countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa and interviewing the locals in their homes, synagogues, and even cemeteries. Now, Irene Shaland’s book, replete with her husband’s photos, takes you on your own exciting journey of discovery from Austria and the Czech Republic to Scandinavia, from India and China to Sicily and Sardinia, and from East Africa to Stalinist Russia.

About the Author:

Irene Shaland is an internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer focusing on the rich tapestry of global Jewish experiences, culture, and heritage. A member of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, she is a presenter at the Society’s annual conferences and contributor to its HaLapid academic journal.  Irene is a contributing author and lecturer at Siegal College of Jewish Studies, Touro Law School of New York, the Center for Jewish History Research, the American Sephardic Federation in New York, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Irene authored three books, including recently published “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” and numerous magazine articles on Jewish history and cultural travel published in such American, Canadian, and U.K magazines as The Baltimore Jewish Times, The Boston Forward, Chicago Jewish News, The Jewish Journal of Greater Boston, Cleveland Jewish News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Jews News, Hackwriters Literary Online UK magazine, Holiday Magazine – France/UK, IMAGE Magazine, The Jewish Journal of San Antonio, Jewish Life Magazine, Jewish Montreal, L’Chaim Magazine of the Intermountain Jewish News, London Jewish Telegraph, Los Angeles Jewish Times, The Lotus, Montreal Jewish Magazine, Northern Ohio Life, Orange County Jewish Life, Jewish Chronicle – Pittsburgh, ROMAR Travel, San Diego Jewish Journal, Shelanu – Kenya, Sino-Judaica Institute Academic Magazine, Theater Journal, Tikkun Magazine, The Toronto Jewish Tribune, Washington Jewish Week, ZEEK Magazine, and 5 Towns Jewish Times.

Irene holds a BA in Journalism and Art History from St. Petersburg University (Russia), a Master’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University, and a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences from Kent State University.

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Free Lecture: Jews of the Jungles (and cities) in Brazil

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro: The Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Botofogo Bay

Save the Date: Free Lecture: Jews of the Jungles (and cities) in Brazil
Presenter: Irene Shaland
Orange Library Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Thursday March 19th, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Join Irene Shaland, an internationally-published travel writer and author of several books for a captivating journey through 500 years of Jewish history in Brazil. Encounter little-known stories of Brazil discovery in the 15thcentury’s context of a twisted world of politics, deceptions, and intrigues. Learn about the key role the  Crypto-Jews played in this country’s exploration and development. Find out why Anna Novinsky, a renowned expert in Jewish history residing in Sao Paolo, claimed that “Brazil was built by the Jews!”

Journey from the 15thto the 21stcentury of Brazilian history and visit Salvador Bahia, Manaus, the Amazon, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and the Iguassu Falls to uncover fascinating Jewish narratives of this unique country and to meet the Brazilian Jews who dwell in its cities and in the jungle.
Reservations Required: Call 216.831.4282 to register.

Orange Library Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library: 31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

Interior of Grand Temple, Rio de Janeiro

Grand Templo Israelita in Rio: the Interior.

Opera House in Manaus, Brazil


The Opera Theater in the Heart of the Amazonian Jungle, Manaus.

Brazilian nature guide Wayne Mann-Roth

Our wonderful Amazon River cruise guide Wayne Mann-Roth, an Ashkenazi Jew

 

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Unknown Gems of the Mediterranean Jewish History: Malta and Corsica

Free Lecture at New City Library: Unknown Gems of the Mediterranean Jewish History: Malta and Corsica

Sunday October 6th, 2019   2:00 PM

malta and corsica

The Malta archipelago, a miniscule spot in the middle of the Mediterranean, still remains unknown to most US travelers. And this is a pity, because if you do visit Malta, you will be forever inspired and spiritually enriched by the magical beauty of this gem that remains still-hidden for many. And don’t be fooled by Malta’s size: this tiny nation packs an extraordinary amount of history, including Jewish history, into its three compact islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. From Israelites sailing there with Phoenicians three thousand years ago, to the first Jewish traveler, a Biblical Paul, arriving in Malta in the 1stcentury CE, thorough the dark times of slavery during the Knights of St. John’s rule in the 16th century, to today’s small but blossoming community – Maltese Jewish history manifests a fascinating trajectory still under- the-radar for most historians.

Like Malta, Corsica, the “Island of beauty,” as the French call it, is not on the vacation map for many American globe-trotters.  Yet Corsica’s chic seaside resorts and its untamed natural magnificence are arguably the Mediterranean’s best. The island’s Jewish narrative reveals an irony of Omerta (Mafia’s code of silence) that led many Corsicans to risk their lives in saving thousands of Jews fleeing the Nazi-occupied mainland France to escape deportation and death.

Travel with Irene Shaland through these islands to learn the captivating stories of Malta and Corsica she brings to her audiences.

Reservations Required:Call 845-634-4997, ext. 139.

New City Library  220 N. Main Street, New City, New York 10956

 

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Introducing The Cleveland Photo Fest

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The Cleveland Photo Fest was established in 2019 as an annual event for the benefit of the Greater Clevelanders who support photography as a fine art. Our mission is to strengthen the appreciation of photography as a major force in today’s visually driven culture. Exhibitions, publications, educational and fellowship programming are at the core of our active engagement with the Cleveland community.

The Cleveland Photo Fest has enlisted the local gallery and art-based community to share in CPF events. Participants have committed to sponsor or participate in photography related exhibitions in September and/or October of 2019. Community-oriented programming is an essential element of all CPF activities. To promote city-wide involvement, the CPF has partnered with local photographers, photography clubs, photo suppliers, national and professional organizations, educational institutions, public media and private enterprises.

Text provided by Jim Szudy

Find out more about The Cleveland Photo Fest at: https://clevelandphotofest.org

 

 

 

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Thornybush Game Reserve Executive talks about “Suburbanites on Safari”

Here is what Nic Griffin, Chief Executive of The Thornybush Game Lodge Collection, had to say after reviewing Alex Shaland’s new book “Suburbanites on Safari”

“Alex’s book is a fascinating intro to Safari choice criteria, its also easy light reading and simplistic in its aim to assist those that may travel often, but not au fait with Safari lingo. It adequately gives a heads up on what needs to be considered in an almost entertaining way.” –Nic Griffin, Chief Executive, The Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection.

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Short Description from the back cover:

Four friends, all big-city dwellers, embark on their first African safari. An internationally published travel writer and her husband, an award-winning travel photographer, are joined by their life-long friends on a journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Previously, their exploration of over 60 countries took them to big cities and historical monuments around the globe. But this trip is different.

Traveling around Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls, they crisscross the bush and meet African wildlife in its natural habitat. Which predators, grass eaters, branch nibblers, and birds of prey did they find? What did the animals do in the presence of people? How did it feel to be only a few feet away from a pride of lions devouring their kill, a herd of suspicious elephants, an intimidating Cape buffalo, or an unpredictable rhinoceros?

In an easy to read, conversational style, the author, Alex Shaland, delivers a fair mix of wildlife photography, animal and bird factual data, and practical information. Shaland shares his experiences as a first-time safari explorer and sprinkles the narrative with a good dose of humor and personal stories.

If a trip to Africa is in your plans, this entertaining and informative book, jam-packed with photos of animals and birds, will help you make the first step on the way to your dream. If you are interested in wildlife, nature, and animal protection, the story will enrich your knowledge of the animal kingdom. At the very least, it is just fun to read.

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Visiting Bonifacio: Hotel Cala di Greco

 

Bonifacio cliffs

Limestone cliffs of Bonifacio, Corsica

On our trip to Bonifacio, Corsica we recalled what Homer said about it: “We put into that port, so well-known amongst sailors: where sheer double cliffs, with no gaps, encircle the harbor and two headlands squeeze the narrow entrance in their grasp.” “Homer, “Odyssey,” Chapter X.

During all our days of driving along the Corsican “carousel” that we developed trying not miss any of the main sites, we were falling deeper and deeper in love with the raw beauty of this island. But we left our hearts in Bonifacio. This stunning city presides over the most beautiful harbor in Corsica, arguably admired by Homer and described in his “Odyssey.” Was Homer the first Bonifacio tourist? Homer or not, Bonifacio is simply breathtaking. Spreading over the top of limestone cliffs, the city owes its jaw-dropping magnificence to the medieval fortress and upper town houses that look toward Sardinia on one side and over its picture-perfect harbor on the other.

According to historical records, Bonifacio as a city was born in 828 CE, when Marquis of Tuscany, named Bonifacio, was passing by that location returning from his African expedition. He decided to develop a fortified harbor town there and for almost three centuries the Pisans ruled the city. The Genoese came at the end of the 1100s and built their impressive fortress overlooking the sea. Whether the rulers were from Pisa or Genoa, the city lived by the two main industries: fishing and piracy. Even though by the end of the 1790s, Bonifacio, just like the rest of the island, fell under the French rule, it still feels more Italian than French, and is definitely different from the rest of Corsica.

For our first trip to Bonifacio we chose hotel Cala di Greco as our home. Less than 10 minutes driving from Marina will bring you into a different world, but you really need to know how and where to look for it. Old stone walls and massive wooden gates have no sign and seem to belong to a medieval mansion. Inside the gates, a primeval Corsican landscape with a rusty fishing boat under the tree reminds you that this world is surrounded by the sea. Be prepared for a stark contrast, for soon the landscape of scrubs will change into a group of villas, each behind its white wall, each within its own secluded world, complete with an enclosed courtyard, a patio, and a terrace.  The hotel defines elegance and refinement: we had a junior suite, tasteful, spacious and comfortable. Our bedroom opened into a small terrace where we liked to drink Corsican Rose with terrific cheese from a local farm. I think I can still feel the taste of both in my mouth.

The hotel’s pools are heated to almost 80 deg. F and are exceptionally beautiful. We especially liked the infinity pool with its breathtaking view of the city across the bay. That was a great location to enjoy the hotel’s wonderful breakfast. But we loved most to spend our late evenings there, breathing the sea air and absorbing the magical beauty in front of us as the sun was disappearing behind the horizon.

The entire staff was highly professional, attentive, and knowledgeable. We will recommend this hotel to all our friends and followers who might consider coming to Bonifacio.

Bonifacio harbor

View on the Bonifacio harbor from the Genoese bastions.

Marina and the Upper Town in Bonifacio

Marina and the Upper Town in Bonifacio, Corsica.

infinity pool

Infinity pool at Cala di Greco. Spectacular view on Bonifacio, Corsica.

hot tub

The hot tub near the Breakfast Room. Cala di Greco. Bonifacio, Corsica.

View on Bonifacio

Our favorite spot in Corsica! Bonifacio as viewed from our infinity pool, Cala di Greco, Corsica.

Bonifacio in the distance

Late afternoon view on Bonifacio. Cala di Greco, Corsica.

Bonifacio at night

Bonifacio at night. View from our hotel Cala de Greco, Corsica.

 

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Beautiful Manor Russum – Your Best Hotel in Calvi, Corsica

Marina in Calvi, Corsica

View on Calvi Marina from the Citadel. Calvi, Corsica.

Calvi is considered one of the most beautiful and fashionable seaside resorts in Corsica. It is located on the northwestern coast of the island, some 165 kilometers from the Corsican capital Ajaccio. Founded by the Romans in the first century CE, the city was ruled by the Genovese maritime republic from 1278, until it was given away to France in the 18thcentury.

We were most impressed by the Citadel built by the Genovese, who considered the city their main stronghold. No surprise here: the Citadel’s massive bastions dominate the city and protect it from all four sides, with three of them facing the sea. Calvi could be divided into three main areas: the upper part is the Citadel; the lower one is the city itself that overlooks the harbor; and the marina, arguably the most beautiful in Corsica.

The best-kept secret in Calvi is the Manor Russum, a secluded ancient mansion situated in a one-hectare park and landscaped gardens, turned into a luxury B&B by its owner, Mrs. Bleigh Patton Russum. Not listed in major guidebooks on Corsica, the Manor is also not easy to find. It seems that this enchanted oasis of beauty, elegance, and tranquility wants to find you. I guess that was exactly how it happened: I came upon the Manor Russum website by a pure chance, or was I selected by the Manor?

Just about one kilometer away from the marina, behind the stone wall and heavy iron gates, the mansion and its gardens seemed alive and welcoming. It became our home base to explore Calvi; and it was the Manor that made us change our old habit ofgetting up early in the morning and rushing to our next destination. Instead we lingered there for hours, enjoying our beautiful room (or rather a suite) and a balcony (or rather a covered big terrace).  The period furniture was equally impressive: Louis XV dressing table and a chair, Louis Philippe secretary, and an armchair of the Directoire style. From the Manor, you can adore the view: the mountains and the Citadel. I loved best the view of the house itself from the heated swimming pool and the hot tub nearby.

With only four rooms ready to welcome a sophisticated traveler, book as early as you can!

Review by: Irene Shaland, author of “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish Narrative All Over the World”

Marina in Calvi, Corsica

Calvi Marina, Corsica.

Citadel in Calvi, Corsica

The gates to the Citadel, Calvi, Corsica.

Entrance to Manor Russum

Entering the Manor Russum, Calvi, Corsica.

The Manor Russum

The Manor Russum

swimming pool at Manor Russum

View of the Manor Russum from the swimming pool, Calvi, Corsica.

Breakfast terrace at the Manor Russum, Calvi, Corsica.

Breakfast terrace at the Manor Russum, Calvi, Corsica.

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms of the previous owners, the Manor Russum, Calvi, Corsica.

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Beautiful landscaped gardens, the Manor Russum, Calvi, Corsica.

Swimming pool at Manor Russum

View of the heated swimming pool and hot tub from our terrace, the Manor Russum, Calvi, Corsica.

Read Irene Shaland’s Jewish stories from around the world in her latest book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories

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The Best Hotel in Malta: Ursulino Valletta

The Great Harbor of Malta

View on the Great Harbor of Malta from the rooftop of the Ursulino Valletta hotel.

The Malta archipelago, a tiny spot in the middle of the Mediterranean with  400,000 inhabitants occupying an area of 316 square kilometers, remains unknown to most US travelers. And this is a pity, because if you do visit this island (or rather all three of them:  Malta, Gozo, and Comino) you will be forever inspired and spiritually enriched by the magical beauty of these gems that remain still-hidden for many.

Malta’s capital Valletta was planned, designed and built by the Knights of St. John (or Knights of Malta) after their famous victory over the Turks in 1565. Valletta is only one kilometer in length and 600 meters in width, and all its straight streets lead to the sea. But do not be fooled by its tiny size: this World Heritage Site city is, arguably, one of the most history-saturated areas in the world. Valletta, basking in its Baroque splendor, is also one of the most sophisticated micro-cities of Europe, with all its theaters, art galleries, and Renzo Piano’s cutting-edge buildings.

And, as my husband Alex and I found out, the best base for your discovery of that universe of Malta, is Ursulino Valletta – a boutique hotel in the very heart of this country.

This hotel is a hidden gem located on the narrow 16th-century street named Ursulino after the convent. The old townhouse number 82 was converted by its owners, the Sultana family, into a luxury hotel with 11 rooms, some of which are suites.  Talking to other people staying in Ursulino at the same time, I found out that none of them were there by pure chance: just like I, they searched the publications and reviews looking for a small luxury place with a character. And what a character it is! Elegant and sophisticated, the hotel focuses first and foremost on its clientele. Even before we arrived in Valletta, the entire staff I corresponded with was extremely helpful in every step of my planning: from the choice of a private tour guide to the late night transportation from the airport. There is normally nobody at the front desk at night (though you can easily reach them by phone), but Ekaterina was waiting for us at 11 PM, even though her work day was over hours ago. She did not leave until she made sure that we settled in our room comfortably. All of the staff members, Ekaterina (Katya), Maya, Jitka, and others, were incredible. They made us feel that we were staying with good and attentive friends. And presiding over her tiny kingdom was Ms. Cecilia Sultana, the owner’s mother. Always kind, smiling, and humorous, she would make our dinner reservations and discuss how our day was.

Our room was spacious and well-designed, adorned with a typical covered Maltese balcony. The balcony doubled as a small patio that had a table with an espresso machine, where I had my expresso every morning. The hotel’s unique feature is its rooftop terrace from which one can enjoy the biggest star of Malta: the Great Harbor itself. There we had our made-to-order wonderful breakfast; and from 5 to 7 PM, the hotel offered its guests “aperitivo”– wine, prosecco, or even gin-and-tonic with freshly-made appetizers prepared by the staff. The appetizers were diffirent every day. In addition, Ursulino Valletta also poses as a contemporary art gallery with a tasteful collection of Maltese artists (“Our tribute to the country we call home,” said Cecilia) and several large paintings by a talented UK artist J. Roldan, a friend of the Sultana family, who created for them a series called “Political Monsters.”

When making Malta your “must go” destination, make sure you book into Ursulino Valletta!

Review by: Irene Shaland, Art and Travel Writer, Author of “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Seeking Jewish Narrative All Over the World

cruise ship in Great Harbor of Malta

Cruise ships’ invasion! View from the rooftop terrace, Ursulino Valletta.

Joanne Grech, Irene Shaland and Alex Shaland

Breakfast on the Ursulino Valletta rooftop terrace with our wonderful guide Joanne Grech.

Irene Shaland and Alex Shaland

It is Wine O’clock! Afternoon aperitivo at the rooftop terrace, Ursulino Valletta.

Hotel room Ursulino Valletta

Our room at Ursulino Valletta.

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Our room at Ursulino Valletta. J. Roldan’s painting is visible on the wall.

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Clive Cortis and his Malta Private Guide Company

 

Irene Shaland and Clive Cortis

Clive Cortis and US Travel Writer Irene Shaland. Great Inquisitor Palace, Valletta, Malta

My husband Alex and I have been globe-trotting for over four decades, visiting close to 70 countries, feeling at home in most of them. When in Europe, we very seldom hire private guides, but we did so in Malta. As an art and travel writer, focusing on history and Jewish history, I had an extensive “must see” plan or rather a research “curriculum” I intended to follow in that tiny country, which is arguably one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.

But we had only four days. And we had no intention of hiring a car and driving the British style there. Our lovely hotel in Valletta connected us with Clive Cortis, the founder and owner of the Malta Private Guide company.

We corresponded for a few months, and Clive made sure that all my detailed requests were met. Highly professional, sensitive to his client’s needs and wants, and experienced in dealing with and guiding journalists and writers, Clive also, as we discovered, possessed an extensive knowledge of his country’s history. As an insider of the Heritage Malta organization, Clive has unique understanding of where/what/how/who in the Maltese world of museums, collections, and archives. He made sure that in meeting my research objectives, we met with the Chief Curators at the Grandmaster Palace and Archeological Museum. Thanks to Clive, we also visited an ancient Jewish cemetery normally not open to the public and met with the Chief Archivist and his Executive Assistant at the Mdina Cathedral to study several 15thcentury documents related to the Jewish history of the island.

Clive organized a car and a driver for all three days, and connected us with the most wonderful guide Joanne Grech. Both Clive and Joanne have opened the doors to us, which was very important for our deep understanding and life-long appreciation of the magic place called Malta.

For an experience of a life-time, put Malta on the top of your “to see” list and be sure to contact Clive to organize your visit and ask for Joanne Grech to be your guide!

To contact Clive directly, email him at info@maltaprivateguide.com

Or go to his company’s website https://maltaprivateguide.com/ and fill out a short Form: https://maltaprivateguide.com/contact-us/

Irene Shaland and Clive Cortis

Clive and Irene at the Great Inquisitor Palace, Valletta, Malta

Great Inquisitor Palace, Valletta, Malta

In front of the Great Inquisitor Palace, Valletta, Malta

Archeological Museum, Valletta, Malta

Entering the Archeological Museum, Valletta, Malta

Archives of the Mdina Cathedral, Mdina, Malta

Entering the Archives of the Mdina Cathedral, Mdina, Malta

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