We arrived from the US in the early afternoon for our Malta adventure. One month in the capital city---a whole raft of experiences yet to happen, people to meet, memories to make. I had carefully researched airbnbs for weeks, and settled on a spot centrally located, yet off the main tourist thoroughfares. We couldn't wait to see where we'd be living for the rest of the summer...
Leonard our host told us exactly how to get a cab from Luqa Airport, what the price would be, and where to meet him. He immediately took our bags, led us to the flat, and carefully explained the particulars. A corner space above Battery Street---flooded with light, quiet but in a great location, meticulously clean and updated, with a little terrace to sip Maltese wine on. We were home!
The flat is ultra-spacious, airy, and decorated in modern, neutral tones. It gets harbor breezes, enjoys a view of the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and is within walking distance of all that Valletta has to offer---amazing restaurants, churches, fantastic shops.
The kitchen is fully outfitted with everything you need to make a gourmet dinner (I made Ligurian chicken with olives, lemon risotto with artichokes and rosemary, and pasta with a roasted eggplant tomato sauce, to name a few).
The bathroom is new and modern, with great water pressure and lots of big towels for showering (or taking to the beach!).
Over the following month, I asked Leonard so many questions! Where to eat? Where to buy groceries? Could he print out documents I needed for my job? Boarding passes for a weekend jaunt to Sicily? What should I look for if I want to buy a property here?
Each request or question was answered promptly, and all my needs met. Leonard wasn't just a host---he was a friend and a trusted resource. Funny and smart, helpful and kind with a true love of life, he was all I could ever ask for in a host.
I had a life-changing experience last month; a huge part of it was this beautiful place, and having Leonard to help. I cannot recommend it highly enough, except to say I cried when I left. I haven't even been back in the US for a week, and already am making plans to visit again.