From Addis to Valletta
Trip Start Oct 11, 2012
39Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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Where I stayed
Osborne Hotel Valletta
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
St Publius Church
The Mall - Floriana
Argotti Botanic Gardens
It is sometime in the morning and I am in Frankfurt airport waiting for my gate to be posted for the 9:45 am flight to Valletta. I am debating whether to buy any pastries for an additional breakfast. I ate over half of my airplane breakfast, but somehow the Lufthansa omelet wasn't so appealing and I left a lot of it. The coffee wasn't that good either. The cappuccinos are something like 2.75 euros - no worse than Starbuck's I guess. I couldn't get onto the Boingo internet without using my mobile phone number so I don't get the pleasure of connecting with the world this am. I hope I have internet at the hotel - now I can't remember.
The answer is yes, but it costs. That is not fair.
The flight to Malta was only 2 1/2 hours so I didn't get much more sleep even though I tried
Once I arrived in Malta, I picked up my bag on the carousel, went to a shuttle booth and got a round-trip transfer to my hotel for 16 euros. The driver had a bit of trouble finding the hotel, but I got there by 2 pm. The hotel doesn't usually make rooms available for check-in until 3 pm, but they gave me a room after a little wait. Actually the wait was a good thing since I had a chance to chat with a British couple waiting for their shuttle to the airport after their week in Malta. They gave me a bunch of tips, the first of which was to get the weekly bus pass.
There was a man from Houston, Texas whose reservation didn't show up and they were working on finding him a room. I think they gave my room to him. I was supposed to have 305 according to my reservation card, so I will have to check
After settling in, I asked about an optician because my lens fell out of my reading glasses. I got directions to several opticians nearby but ended up turning toward the bus station first. From there I walked to a "mall" garden, and from there to a real garden. I was in an area called Floriana and there were signposts giving information on the sights in this area. I found a large church and it was about to reopen in half an hour. I walked around the block and saw some other interesting places, including an arcade with tile walkway and door signs in what looks like Arabic in the Latin alphabet. I managed to stick around until the church opened and went in. It was very dark until the sexton (or whoever he was) put on some lights. I finally got back to the main street and went into a sunglasses shop
While I was at the restaurant, since it was early and not very crowded, I could overhear the conversation of several men at the other occupied table. They spent a lot of time on their phones - wheeling and dealing maybe - because that was what the head one seemed to be doing. But the first conversation I overheard must have been an angry girlfriend because the man kept asking her to meet with him and discuss things. Then I heard a lot of "I see"s. After he hung up, he told the other man that "they just like hearing themselves talk." The reason I could understand so much was that he, in particular, would talk in Maltese I think but then use phrases in English
At the end of my meal, I took my opened bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water and put it in my bag. When I picked up the bag later, I noticed it was wet - I hadn't noticed that the cap wasn't screwed tightly so the bottle leaked all over my bag - new guide book, cameras, kleenex, etc.
Now I am back in my room - blogging and uploading pics. Not sure what time it is but I will hit the sack early tonight to make up for lost sleep on the plane.
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