Unknown Gems of the Mediterranean Jewish History: Malta and Corsica

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

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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.

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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

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

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