All the Luzzus in Marsaxlokk have numbers on them, and I love them, so they have to be my choice  for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Numbers 

The Luzzus of Marsaxlokk???? What are they and where is it?

A luzzu (pronounced like lutsu in Maltese) is a traditional fishing boat from the Maltese islands. They are usually painted in bright colours, while the bow has a pair of eyes. Luzzus have existed since ancient times. – Wikipedia

Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village in the South-East of the mediterranean island of Malta, dating back to the 9th century BC when the first Phoenicians landed on the island.

We enjoyed a morning in Marsaxlokk last month, managing to catch an early enough bus from Valletta to get there before the crowds. I had always wanted to see luzzus with their painted “Eye of Osiris” which protects them from evil. They certainly didn’t disappoint. I hope you like them as much as I do.


Marsaxlokk under Sail

Marsaxlokk under Awning ©HelenBushe


Marsaxlokk Harbour

Marsaxlokk Harbour ©HelenBushe


Luzzu Prow

Luzzu Prow ©HelenBushe



Prow MFC 512 ©HelenBushe


Fishermen (and women)

Fisherman (and fisherwoman) ©HelenBushe


In Dry Dock

In Dry Dock ©HelenBushe


And just for good measure, a few more boats , with a few more numbers:


Green Rower

Green Rower ©HelenBushe

This last boat had me puzzled. I couldn’t  figure out what the numbers are for but I do love the stripey oars.

One to Ten in a Boat with Striped oars

One to Thirteen in a Boat with Striped Oars  ©HelenBushe


johnvic8 · 4 June 2016 at 17:47

I love the colors of those boats. Wow!

    HMB · 4 June 2016 at 22:40

    Thanks John.

cwaugh212 · 4 June 2016 at 14:24

A beautiful part of Malta I didn’t get a chance to see with only a single day cruise stop. Thanks.

    HMB · 4 June 2016 at 14:36

    Thanks Charles. There’s always next time! Have a good weekend.

suzannerogersonfantasyauthor · 4 June 2016 at 08:36

Lovely pictures. The colourful boats are brilliant! I can’t wait to visit Malta in a couple of months.

    HMB · 4 June 2016 at 08:51

    Thanks Suzanne. Lucky you in a couple of months. Enjoy.

HMB · 4 June 2016 at 07:39

Thanks for link Chris. Have a good weekend.

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