My flight is confirmed - the die is cast. I leave on Thursday, May 3rd and return Saturday, May 19th. One stop at JFK, then mega-hours in the air until I get to Istanbul! I headed for the library yesterday and snagged as many travel books on Turkey as I could find, but I'm sure I'll be buying some. I know I want at least one to take with me - maybe Lonely Planet, which is usually pretty comprehensive.
I'll be posting intermittently from now on until I get closer to the trip. WAHOO!!!!!