Springtime in Malta

14 Apr

There is a palace around the corner from our house in Malta. Palazzo Parisio and Gardens is an extravagant estate built in 1733 by a Grand Master in the Knights of Malta. In 1898 Marquis Scicluna bought the lodge and enlisted a vast phalanx of architects, sculptors, painters and stone masons to transform it into the palace it is today, a combination of Baroque and Pompeian architecture.

We visited just after our return from Sicily and found all of Malta in bloom. The Palacio Parisio has a formal garden, three-quarters of a mile in length with an orange orchard, jacarandas, Japanese camilia, palms and more. The fragrance of orange blossoms filled the air as we walked around the gardens of the estate.

There is a Conservatory in the garden filled with palms and sculpture. Also a resident cat taking an afternoon nap in the warm sun. Even Malteze cats take naps from 1 to 3. Can you find the kitty in the photo?

4 Responses to “Springtime in Malta”

  1. maryl@richtravis.com April 14, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    I certainly remember the orange grove across the street but not really the fragrance of the orange blossoms. Interesting the things that memories will conjure up. By the way, Lori gave us a tour of our old neighborhood and house on Olden (about 8+ years ago) and the now owner of the house came out to see why we were lingering around his property. We told him that we grew up in that house and when we told him what our last name was he invited us in. He still has the architectural plans that Dad had done. I guess you really can’t go back because he had done so many changes. Gone is the Olive Tree in the front yard in favor of pavers, security fence totally surrounding the property, etc. I could still see the remnants of the old house, however, and the pool + added gazebo still there. When do you return stateside?

    • Jill April 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

      I wish Dana had been there to see the plans. It would have meant so much to him too.

  2. maryl@richtravis.com April 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    One word: bellísima!

    • Jill April 14, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

      Yes. Truly. The smell of orange blossoms always reminds Dana of growing up on Olden. You too?

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