Saturday, 1 February 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton (Brescia, Italy)

Yesterday I received a phone call from the hotel’s front desk to let me know that I will have my breakfast delivered to my room today and on Sunday. They didn’t say why and I didn’t ask. I was to fill out the breakfast menu card in my room and put it on the outside of my door by 3:00 a.m., which I did. Breakfast was delivered to me at 7:30 this morning. Nice. Then I took my morning nap.

When I woke up I saw that it was overcast outside and delayed leaving the hotel until early afternoon. Not much fun to walk around on a cold and overcast day. It was about 2:00 when I left and decided to find a McDonald’s. This excursion would give me a reason to explore another part of Brescia.

I took the Metro to the train station and used Google to locate the nearest McDonald’s, which was a 15 minute walk away, so off I went. Google said to walk down this one street then up another. I was in a remote part of the city and there were a few businesses here, and for the most part it was deserted. I kept asking myself, why would there be a McDonald’s located out here. I kept walking until I came upon a fairly large mall.

I found the McDonald’s in the mall and placed my order via an automated kiosk, requesting a takeaway order that I took outside to eat. It was pleasant enough to eat outside. Cool and no rain. I used Google to find another way back to the train station and followed that route back. I found myself back at the train station within 5 minutes. Not sure why Google sent me on a route that was way out of the way when I could have taken a more direct route. I guess Google wanted me to see a part of the city that I wouldn’t normally see.

On the way back to the hotel from the Metro station I stopped by a store to pick up more of their pre-sliced prosciutto and cheese packages and rolls to have a sandwich or two in my room later. I bought mayonnaise yesterday. This would be my dinner for tonight. I tried to take a nap when I returned back to my room, but couldn’t sleep so I got up and wrote my travel blog for yesterday.

Received a message from my friend in Portland who is collecting my mail to say that my Bank of America card arrived in the mail. Great! Now I can have my debit and credit cards sent to me along with a form I need to fill out for Medicare. They will be sent to Cyprus and hopefully show up before I get there. They will be sent to my Airbnb host who lives with his parents in the flat above mine. His father has a dental practice in the building where the flats are located and his mother works in the office there, so I trust my package will be in good hands should it arrive before I do.

I watched a little TV before I was tired and went to bed. Tomorrow I’ll visit Verona and it looks like the weather will be better than today. Since Verona is halfway between here and Trento, my next stop, I can easily visit Verona again if there is more to see. I’ll look forward to my breakfast to arrive again at 7:30 a.m.

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