Friday, 29 June 2018

Istanbul, Turkey (DoubleTree by Hilton) Istanbul – Piyalepasa

This morning I skipped breakfast and decided to take the shuttle up to the Taxim area and perhaps eat there. I understand it is a very lively part of the city. I’m very much enjoy the well-equipped bathroom and seem to take my time getting ready in the morning.

The shuttle from the hotel to the Taksim district arrives either on the hour or half hour. Since this hotel is away from the popular areas of the city, the shuttle helps link the hotel to the nightlife and places of interest to tourists. I asked someone from the hotel where the shuttle drops us off and wasn’t getting a thorough answer. I had assumed we would be let off at Taksim Square, but we were let off at another hotel down the street.

I walked to main boulevard up the hill and looked around. I walked up and down the boulevard and didn’t see anything interesting, except for a Starbucks where I ordered a iced latte and a fruit yogurt.  After Starbucks I walked through a nearby park and looked around. Nice area, but think I need to do more research on what I should be looking for when I return next time.

After about 90 minutes I took the shuttle back to the hotel. When I arrived, I made arrangements to go on the all-day boat trip to Prince’s Island tomorrow, so that will get me out and about for sure.

My room hadn’t been visited by housekeeping when I returned, so had a tuna sandwich in the lobby bar while waiting. The Starbuck’s yogurt didn’t quite fill me up, but I didn’t finish the whole sandwich so took half of it back to my room.

The rest of the afternoon I did travel research. This sometimes will take me several hours since I get very involved in exploring new places to visit.

After my afternoon nap I ate the rest of the sandwich and thought that is all I needed for dinner. After working on my travel blog and watching some old “Whats My Line” via YouTube, I thought I’d better get some sleep because I have an early start tomorrow.

As I understand it, I am to be down in the lobby at 8:30 a.m. and a shuttle bus will take those of us who are going on the tour to one of the tourist piers and we will then take a boat to the island. There was no brochure associated with this trip. I have faith that the concierge knows what there is to know. I’m finding out that I need to be satisfied with the information provided. Over-disclosure of information doesn’t seem to be the norm in Istanbul.

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