I thank all of you for your information and glowing reports about staying at Cap d'Ail. Alas, I kept having misgivings because I like being around ancient and medieval historical sites and thought I'd get bored after about 2-3 days.
So I fully changed my reservation and I'm leaving for Istanbul on the 29th. I decided to stay at the Hilton because it is much more centrally located than the Marriott. Since I travel alone, I will probably do what I do most places for the first time -- find good day tours and excursions. Any ideas? I have read of some that have day flights (return same day) to both Ephesus and Pergamum, both of which interest me enormously. Have any of you done that? Any ideas if such flights meet typical safety standards that we expect in the US? Both go into Izmir.
I know a few of you have been before, so I welcome any ideas! ProfChiara