Well, here I am again! I know, I wrote in March this year that I may return to The Victoria sometime in September. But, here I am in again already in July. After another lengthy spell in Melbourne I decided that I wanted to revisit Malta now. I just wanted to breathe again the friendliness of the environment of The Victoria, its people, its ambience. So I packed my bags for another 8 days of relaxation and recharging of my batteries.
It was as before: the warm welcome by Charles Portelli, Front Office Manager. Lovely to be made welcome like a friend of the family. It felt like a second home coming back here. The room: clean, friendly, even newly renovated. On the first morning I flooded the bathroom due to an off-balance shower base: changed the room in an instance, no worries, all good. And my instant feedback for helping to keep The Victoria in pristine condition was appreciated by the hotel. I felt like part of the family to help to maintain the standard of quality.
Food: I did not share yet any feedback concerning the standard of the food offered by The Victoria, Salads, soups, deserts. Aaah, the sauces of the ever changing menu, finely balanced to fit the varieties of meals offered: lamb, fish, pork, the local vegetables. I delved into the sauces sometimes more than one would do otherwise. I just could not, did not want to let any of it go to waste. Yummy! I wrote down some of the menus to share them here, but I decide now otherwise – go try out their food in the evenings, even if you stay elsewhere. It’s a start anyway to find out about The Victoria.
What else? I enjoyed Valetta in particular, again; meandering through the local lanes, away from the hussle and bussle of the main attractions of Valetta, of which there are many. To take in the local atmosphere, the way people live, the local, often tiny shops tucked away in the base of their homes. No need to seek out the shopping malls or some fancy restaurant. I prefer to “go local”. To make contact with its people who run these small enterprises, stay and chat whilst they continue to go about their business. These impressions of everyday life I cherish usually more than spending my vacations in the enclosed environment of 5 star luxuries. Mind you, I have enjoined such holidays as well but here on Malta, this is the kind of holiday I now enjoy.
And all of this makes me look forward to return here – soon I hope!
Mr. Juergen Annuss
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