Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
October 19, 2004
If you arrive by train during the day, exit from the station and go straight towards the information kiosk on the paved walkway to your left. Politely ask the English-speaking ladies on duty to phone up Pension Lindemann to check for availability, in which case you can be sure that the friendly lady owner will be pleased to pick you up. Alternatively, you can walk towards the pension in about 30 minutes. From the station, don't follow the crowds but walk to your right towards the bus station. From here, Am Hauptbahnhof runs northwest towards the roundabout on Friedrichstrasse, a main road that connects further north with the B2 motorway to Berlin. Walk north along Friedrichstrasse for about 1km past rows of front gardens and residential buildings. Pension-Gastehaus Lindemann is on your right.
Comprising just eight comfortable newly refurbished rooms, which include two singles, five doubles and one triple, Pension Lindemann is a small bungalow-style building constructed within a lovely garden area. An abundance of pot plants and blooming geraniums decorate the drive-in while a profusion of shrubs and flowering bushes complete the picture in the colorful back garden. You can sit here on a wooden bench or lie over a deckchair anytime you like and enjoy the serene atmosphere of a marvelously picturesque garden.
All rooms have recently been given a facelift and are currently in tiptop condition. The interior designer responsible for refurbishment matched the pastel colors of the walls with the soft undulating lines of the fluffy quilt and curtains. The trim light-wood furniture polished to a high sheen adds to the aura of cleanliness, calm, order and space. A couple of electric air fresheners contribute further to the soothing effect. The bathroom equipped with new accessories is supplied daily with clean towels, toothpaste and tissues and decorated with a matching vase of fresh flowers.
The small white painted breakfast room that overlooks the garden is adorned with numerous traditional decorations prevalent in country cottages. The trim and tidy perfectly laid tables with tablecloths and matching napkins await clients for the daily buffet breakfast between 8am and 10am. An abundance of oven-fresh bread and a good assortment of cheese, ham and cereal are available daily. Take your pick of fresh fruit from the wide variety displayed in country-style wicker baskets.
Would-be visitors may be impressed by all this. But on coming here, they will surely be more impressed by the hearty welcome given by the friendly, helpful and generous lady owner who gives personal attention to her clients and goes out of her way to provide them with information about her much beloved city.
From journal An authentic display of history