23.08.2011 - 23.08.2011 30 °C
Had a sleep in and went down for breakfast. Not much to choose from. The guy at the restaurant last night said that the Ozturk was the best hotel in town. I'd hate to see the worst one!! Two choices of boring cereal - plates of ham, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives and cold hard boiled eggs. Sachets of jam and honey - no butter (had to ask for that and it came out frozen) and very strong tea - no coffee. But, very nice fresh bread. So breakfast was quick and we were on the road by 10 am. The road was fantastic - double lane all the way except for a few two way traffic sections due to road work, but there was hardly any traffic on the road. As we approached Istanbul, we had the choice of staying on this road or the autobarn. We chose the autobarn to use up our KGS card, but it was very, very busy and due to a lot of road works, very slow at times.
We arrived at the WOW Istanbul Airport Hotel at 1.15 pm and spent some time reorganising our cases.
Got changed into our swimmers and went up to the pool for a swim, only to be told that we would have to wear a bathing cap and that they were 5 euros each. We told them "no thanks" and came back to our room and ordered room service. Have contacted the hire car guy and he'll be here at 5.30 pm to pick it up. Handed over the car okay and had a lazy afternoon reading, snoozing and watching TV then dressed for dinner and had a very nice meal in the hotel restaurant - mains, dessert and wine. Splurged on our last night in Turkey.
Got chatting to Martin Laurie from Atlanta, Georgia who travels to Europe all the time on business - industrial water filtration - South African born. Very nice. We talked for ages and poor him - he has to get up early for a 5.50 am flight to Amsterdam. We can sleep in. It's now 11.00 pm.