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85 - Sunny City: Istanbul, Turkey Hotel: Hyatt
Transport: Taxi - Air Bus 320 - Light Rail - Tram - Funicular - Subway
- Events of the Day
Budapest to Istanbul flight for earlier option (leave at 10:50 AM
instead of 4:05 PM) and required some hustle to prepare and arrive at
the airport. Once arrived, some expensive calling to State-side
United Airlines was required (3rd time changing finally worked).
flight was direct on Turkish Airlines and included full lunch service
(with menu) for coach passengers. Interior was turquoise leather on
steroids - somewhat wore, too. Arrived on time and now the
learning curve for yet another transportation system.
and transfer is not part of the Turkish transportation dictionary.
Each segment was 2 Lira for another token. Started with
very good light rail service from the airport - transfer to the tram was
another 2 Lira - transfer to the funicular at the end was another 2
Lira - and final subway route was a final 2 Lira.
the very full tram and subway ride, the walk down to the hotel was a
relief. Checked in and enjoyed an amazing room with it's own
internal water park - from mood lighting above a free standing tub,
steam room, marble Turkish bath sink with stool, multi setting shower
with fog free mirror, and naturally, a built in TV to watch all three
for the hunt for unmarked Hall; however, our taxi driver was proud of
being able to locate. Noticed a few gentlemen with ties (all short
sleeves and no jackets) and knew we arrived correctly. It's a
combination Turkish and English meeting. In the smaller room is
the English language - if no speaker, the TV monitor is turned on and a
wireless headset with translation starts. A varied background
representing all "corners of the Earth" attended and was infused by
German background volunteers.
- Another taxi ride back to the hotel and the full day was done (was there a dinner?)
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