Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Popeye Village, Anchor Bay, Malta


This is my quite-not-so-Wordless Wednesday:). Sweethaven, more commonly known as Popeye Village, is situated in Anchor Bay, Malta. The village is named after Popeye for this is where the 1980 movie version (starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duval) of the cartoon was filmed. I find the choice of film location appropriate for Popeye is a sailor (with an anchor tattoo on his arm) and this bay is where old anchors were left, hence, the name of the bay. The film set was later turned into a theme park. Even if you’re not a fan of amusement parks, you would still enjoy your visit due to the picturesque appearance of the village with its wooden houses and their shingled roof and, of course, the crystal clear water that invites you to take a dip and enjoy the cool water on your sun-kissed skin.

In summer, boat rides are available so you can enjoy the view from the sea and visit other nearby coasts/beaches. Too bad, we went there during the winter season, so we missed this opportunity. But still, it was a memorable visit --- we had a good dose of sunshine, not many tourists (in fact, we almost had the entire park to ourselves), plus this magnificent vista of the hypnotizing sea, the rugged limestone cliffs and the straight-from-the-cartoon hamlets.

Since today, March 5, is the feast day of St. Olive, let me finish this entry by singing “He's strong to the finich cause he eats his spinach, he's Popeye the sailor man. Toooot toooot!”

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34 comments:

jientje said...

That's a very interesting story, I did not know that! Lovely picture too!

lareine said...

thanks jientje for the compliment... the town is lovelier in real life... again, thank for taking the time to read and post a comment... i really appreciate it:)

maya said...

Beautiful is a short word to describe this at you've place..Happy that you've shared this place to us.
Happy WW!!

Sandy's Notes said...

What a beautiful place to be. I think I would have preferred going when there were no tourists as you did. The quietness must have made it that much better. Beautiful!

jennifer said...

Hah! Great Not so Wordless Wednesday! I want to go! Jen

lareine said...

hello maya... thank you for the comment... i agree with you, the word "beautiful" is not enough to describe it :)

lareine said...

thank you sandy for dropping by... yep, we always prefer to visit such places when there aren't many tourists... you enjoy the beauty in all tranquility :)

lareine said...

yep jennifer, the place is really inviting... and i seem to have difficulty keeping my wordless wednesday entries "wordless"... maybe next time :)

tips and tricks said...

I learned something today. This is one of them. I didn't really know that there's a place named after Popeye!

zamejias said...

Beautiful shot. It's as if I could feel the warmth and the smell the sea breeze already.


Makimeji

VERB

storyteller said...

Thanks for visiting Small Reflections this morning and leaving me the link back here. Once again your ‘not so wordless Wednesday’ is wonderful indeed. I enjoy learning new things as I visit other’s blogs … so thanks for sharing. Methinks I’ll definitely put some spinach in my eggs this morning! LOL
Hugs and blessings,

Suzy said...

Great photo and you make it sound so interesting...I would love to go there!

Pinay Mommy said...

nice place! at first, i thought it was a painting. thanks for visitng my entry.

Katarina i Kullavik said...

This is another magnifiecient photo - and it makes me want to go to Malta.
/Katarina at Roses and stuff

Munchkin Mommy said...

hi lareine! that's a breathtaking view...awesome shot! :D thanks for taking us to the island through this pic and the info. :)

ps. thanks for visiting my site. :D

happyhousewife said...

Great photo-
Makes me want to take a vacation

lareine said...

tips and tricks, i was also surprised to find out that there's a popeye village... and it really looks like a small town straight from the cartoons:)

lareine said...

hello zamejias, i could say the same thing to your WW entry today... the sea and the sun together is really a powerful combination --- very hypnotic :)

lareine said...

hi storyteller, yep once more i couldn't keep myself from writing a few words about my entry (actually it's more than a few words :))... and it's nice to know you appreciate my being "not wordless" :)... i hope you enjoy your eggs and spinach :)

viewfrommyplace said...

What a great photo! I wish I was there.

Trina

Jenn said...

Beautiful !

morinn said...

Popeye village has a nice historical background. I'd like to visit it someday. Happy WW. ;)

lareine said...

hi there suzy... thank you for dropping by and i'm glad you don't mind me writing something about my photo (when it's supposed to be "wordless")... and yes, it's a nice place to visit:)

lareine said...

hello pinay mommy... the place really looks like something out of a painting gallery... especially the clear, blue sea and the rocky cliff:)

lareine said...

katarina, thanks for dropping by... it's not that cold in malta, even during the winter season... so in countries where winter can be really chilly (especially in sweden), malta is a good place to visit to have some sun:)

lareine said...

hi munchkin mommy...i really appreciate your comment and thank you for not minding too much that i wrote something about it (even though it's supposed to be "wordless")... thanks for the visit and regards to your cute little girl :)

lareine said...

thank you happyhousewife for dropping by... i'm sure your 6 kids will enjoy this place:)

lareine said...

hello morinn...yep, it's a nice place to visit...but for the meantime, enjoy mauritius, that's a pretty country as well:)... thanks for dropping by

lareine said...

hello jenn... thank you for the visit... i could also say the same thing to your entry... you have such a wonderful photo:)...

lareine said...

hi there trina (viewfrommyplace)... thanks for dropping by and for appreciating my entry... i hope my photo did justice to the view:)

Melanie said...

Great picture and interesting story.
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Therese said...

I FINALLY had time to visit your blog...I really like your photo's, and what you have to say. Thanks for visiting mine and leaving such a positive message.

lareine said...

hello melanie... thanks for passing by... sorry for the late reply... i think your daughter takes after you:)... i hope everything is doing great on your side :)

lareine said...

hi therese... sorry for not replying sooner (got some PC problems)... anyway, i hope you're feeling better :)

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