OCTOBER 21st - NOVEMBER 4th, 2012
Here I go!
Many travelers fly into IST/Istanbul first. My flight from LAX was delayed so I arrived later than I had hoped. Lack of sleep on the plane and a different time zone led me to simply want to call it a night once I checked into the hotel. Which I did. Apparently the group had already left for dinner after my arrival to the hotel. No worries I wanted to get to bed early since I knew the next morning would be an early one.
I arranged for a driver from Gadventures to pick me up from IST to the hotel called Newport Hotel. Shady hotel and my room was dirty. This is probably my only complaint about the tour was that Newport Hotel was not a great hotel to stay for a night. Gadventures please consider a different and cleaner hotel for Istanbul.
Here is a video clip of the Call of Prayer which you can hear a six times a day, I believe, all over Turkey.