Photographer's Note

At first just to clarify: this was NOT my accommodation during my recent stay on Malta :)

I like to surprise or even shock people with titles of my photos. Even greater pleasure is to use a real name of a place which is however so strange that nobody would believe that it is a real name. That was for example the case when I titled a photo “Robin Hood’s Bay” and it is true also here. This picture was taken from Charlie’s Speedboat “Discovery” on the trip to Blue Lagoon which I have described before. Perspective which people usually have is from the ground and from above and that gives a better overview. This picture is thus quite original being taken from the water level.

Popeye Village is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of Malta, two miles from the village of Mellieħa. It was built as a film set for the production of the 1980 live-action musical feature film Popeye, produced by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions and starring Robin Williams. Today it is open to the public as an open-air museum and family entertainment complex. The construction of the film set started in June 1979. A construction crew of 165 working over seven months was needed to build the village, which consists of nineteen authentic wooden buildings. Hundreds of logs and several thousand wooden planks were imported from the Netherlands, while wood shingles used in the construction of the roof tops were imported from Canada. Eight tons of nails and two thousand gallons of paint were also used in construction. Although the film was initially perceived to be a failure, Popeye Village remains a popular tourist attraction.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7252 W: 106 N: 19117] (73290)
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