IN PHOTOS: Step Back In Time With Us As We Visit Gozo, Valletta And Azure Window In The 70’s

Remember the Belgian couple who shared their photos of Mellieħa with us in hopes of tracking down the local men who helped them enjoy their stay in Malta? We’ve got an update for you and it’s as glorious as the first time.

After a bit of digging through the Facebook comments of the article, we managed to identify the son of one of the men pictured outside the Gozo ferry ticket offices…

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The man in the yellow crop top, or Daniel as we now know him as, will be meeting with Jean-Pierre and Annie when they visit Malta later this month ahead of the Mellieħa Bay Hotel closure.

Daniel now lives in Balzan and he works within the local shipping industry.

The two men had accompanied the Belgian tourists to Gozo, after a camping session in Mellieħa, in the area that is presumed to have become the Danish Village now.

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So, in the above photo there are two other men who had helped the group set up camp. These two men had to return to Valletta for work the next day, and thus Annie, Jean-Pierre, Daniel and the mystery acquaintance headed for Malta’s sister island.

Just check out all the fabulous shots of their trip through Malta and Gozo:

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If this isn’t the nostalgia trip you were expecting then feel free to continue scrolling, because there’s a whole lot more where these came from.

Here’s their shiny red Fiat tucked in nicely on the ferry to Gozo

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St Agatha’s iconic red tower, still an icon today, still as red as ever

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This is one of our favourite shots, inside a museum

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Absolutely timeless.

And you know how “siesta time” used to be a thing?

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The 2pm shutdown needs to come back, tbh.

Here’s a few shots of the locals, were you one of the photographed?

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Gozo’s environment in the 70’s is a dream landscape we really wish we could have seen up close

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And the Azure Window is almost unrecognisable as it stands back in the day, almost untouched by the elements

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Valletta is just a whole damn mood that deserves to be the cover art to some lo-fi beats

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Just check out the ferry that the guys travelled down in from Catania

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And here the gang is with a local fishermen

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Serving not a care in the world realness.

The view over Marsamxett is simply gorgeous, and proves Malta’s maritime history is something worth admiring

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And finally, here’s the gang getting ready for a tour in a traditional Luzzu

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If you recognise anyone from these photos, please do get in touch. Jean-Pierre and Annie are making their final trip to Malta very soon and would love to reconnect with the locals who made their first time here so enjoyable.

And, honestly, after sharing all of these beautiful images we think they deserve to have their wishes granted.

Any of these photos look familiar? Tag someone who might know a bit more about the people involved and share this as much as you can to help us reunite these old-time travellers!

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