These two pictures appear next to each other in iPhotos on my phone and were taken within the space of a couple of minutes, in Valletta, capital of Malta.

(I must stress that the vestments and the hookah pipes were not in the same place!)

I took the picture of the priest’s robes when we were sneaking out of a church through a back door, having inadvertently got ourselves locked inside the building.

Vestments ©HelenBushe
Vestments ©HelenBushe

It took ages to find our way out of the church. It was one of the major churches on the island and had a warren of dark corridors and ante-rooms, all of which were out of bounds to the public.

All the doors were hidden behind heavy curtains, though not every curtain was concealing a possible exit route. It was like a video game. Every door was locked, but, “needs must” as we didn’t want to wait until evening service for the front door to be unlocked.

Once we’d escaped back into the sunshine and our eyes adjusted to the bright light, the first thing I saw when we turned a corner was a line of hookah pipes outside a Shisha café.

The walls of the church provide a good backdrop to the picture, don’t you think?

Hookahs ©HelenBushe
Hookahs ©HelenBushe

You just never know what’s around the next corner, do you?

Images ©HelenBushe

Taken on iPhone and processed on iPad using Lightroom.

(Thanks to Becky for her January Square Challenge: UP)


Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter · 15 January 2021 at 20:29

The vestments seem to glow in an otherworldly fashion.

    Helen Bushe · 18 January 2021 at 13:31

    They were quite spooky! We were glad to get out.

c2avilez · 15 January 2021 at 17:44

Funny story! I’m surprised you didn’t get caught. I do love the picture of the priest’s robes. You must not have been in too much of a hurry. 🙂

    Helen Bushe · 18 January 2021 at 13:32

    Never in too much of a hurry to take a few photos.

restlessjo · 15 January 2021 at 16:58

You never do! I can just picture it 🙂 🙂 Nice hookahs!

Helen Bushe · 28 January 2021 at 17:17

Life is full of surprises. Some better than others!

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