This picture of the lava fields at Mount Etna, Sicily, was taken 20 October. A few weeks later, Etna erupted for the first time since 1991.
We were docked at Valletta, Malta. We wandered for the day. The city itself has a population of about 6,000. Malta is an independent island nation and part of the Eurpean Union. It was a British colony until the end of World War II. It has an overall population of about 400,000. It's about fifty miles south of Sicily.
(Jonathan Loftus is writer and photographer who lives in Boston).
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