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We knew today was going to be a rainy day, one of the very few we've had so far. The morning was bright and clear. The drive back to sea level was spectacular. It had the feel of some eastern European mountains with steep hills and distant villages dotting the landscape. White minarets could be seen in every direction, signifying some small hamlet way high up on the hillsides. Everything was lush green.The rain was coming. We arrived in the City of Rize mid-afternoon ...
... off the Black Sea Highway at Trabzon, we veered inland 42km to see, as described by Lonely Planet the 'highlight' of the Black Sea Coast, The Sumela Monastery. Slowly plodding our way up the chaotic virtually one car wide access road to the monastery, possibly a Sunday wasn't the best day to go. The place itself was a remarkable bit of architecture but with the crowds at epic proportions it was a let down.
Into Rize early afternoon and whilst seemingly ...
This week was the first of possibly many that will be some of the most hectic, busy, and challenging I have faced since my arrival here. My schedule is packed to the brim, and consequently my energy stores are strained. The new classes are still finding their feet, educationally and socially, and that settling process can be tough on the nerves, an entirely different horizon of issues beyond the amount of literal preparation going ...
... Ryan and I stopped by the school to say hi to some folks and one of the teachers told me that my class the next morning was cancelled. Perfect end to a great day, and consequently the first two-day weekend I've had since I started working here. Çok iyi.
We had to hop on the underground metro and then take a bus to get out to Mudanya, but the small bit of travel was great. Bursa has a fantastic public transportation system; clean, modern, and efficient. Oh, and ...
... we walked out the doors of the school, our roles reversed. The classroom may cater to my authority on the language but the streets are certainly tailored to theirs.
Words cannot express the hospitality and kindness that these people showed me. They pointed out each building as we walked by, a library here, a good place to eat there. They insisted on showing me around the city in my free time. "Call us! Email us! We can help you find anything you ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDedeman Rize
Oerrated. Dont know what they are trying to do. The room we were showed to stank of cigarette smoke. We waited 20 minutes for them to find an alternative room. And why were they cleaning rooms at 7.00 at night?
The room we were put in, there was a sticky mess on the bedside table, the shower head is the basic Poundland type, the front of house staff dont speak any English, but they charge their rate in US dollars?
The dinner was cold, the menu choices werent all available, the drinks took an age to come and had to be chased.
Over all, it appears that someone is trying to set up a western system prior to being welcomed into the EU, so they can say "Look what we already have" But someone needs to tell them that a 5 star hotel needs more than just a list of facilities. Servive is needed, and its just not there.
Quite frankly, if it werent late and raining, I'd have gone elsewhere. We have had some great hotels in Turkey, but this wasnt one of them.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.