20.08.2011 - 20.08.2011 30 °C
Had a good sleep in the 'ghost hotel' and thought breakfast would be funny and it was. First surprise - two other couples which means there are 10 of us staying in a hotel with 100 plus rooms. The dining room was huge and just a meagre breakfast of three cereals, hard boiled eggs and a hot pastry roll, plus tomatoes, olives etc and lots of lovely fresh bread.
We were on the road by 9.05 am and stuck to the main roads and autobarns and had a pretty good trip - 250 kms -
arrived in the outer suburbs of Izmir at about 11.50 am and then blindly headed for where we thought our hotel was and all of a sudden we turned a corner and there it was, the Swissotel (formerly the Buyuk Efes). They took our car and parked it and we went to check in. No record of our booking!! We then discovered they had spelt our name BUDDON instead of BUTTON. That overcome, we asked for a room with a view of the pool. Our first room didn't have this so we moved to another one. The hotel is 5 star and very nice.
I think I have solved the problem with my nose. I remembered I had some "Fess" in my bag and have been squirting it up my nose all morning and it seems to have done the trick. Fingers crossed!!
Went out for a walk and had sushi for lunch.
It was a bit expensive but very nice. Came back to our room and made a dinner reservation at Asansor Restaurant - on a terrace at the top of a tower, overlooking Izmir. Had a swim and a relax by the pool,
got dressed and went to dinner. The restaurant was amazing. Position, position, position. We watched the sunset and had dinner. A set menu for 60TL per head which included water; a cold starter; a hot starter; main; dessert; chi and two drinks per person. Very good value and nice food.
We broke all the rules tonight. We ate salad and watermelon and my nose has started to run again! Going to read my new book for a while, "Sisters" by Danielle Steels as I feel quite full and want to digest my dinner.