.. Sailing to Byzantium

At the end of 1997 I returned from my eighth sailing trip in the Caribbean desperate for new territory. The ancient world beckoned. I compared prices and boats and factored in the fact that one of my clients is a Turkish travel company. That tipped the balance in favor of Turkey.

I picked a charter company with a base in Marmaris on the southern coast, picked dates based on the charter company's Saturday to Saturday schedule and talked with my client about tours and hotels. Four friends signed on for the trip, which cost $3000 including many meals and airfare. With frightening speed (and only a few snags) our June 15 departure date arrived and we were settled in on the 6 p.m. Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul . . .