By Cynthia Barnes
Ulysses just wanted to get away.
The hero of Homer’s Odyssey can be forgiven—he
wandered these waters for ten years, trying to find
his way home. I’ve got only a few days for a
shakedown cruise aboard the factory-fresh Aicon 56
Tooling Around III before she’s shipped to the
States, and I am determined to make the most of every
moment in this Italian idyll.
When our Homeric hero sailed
through Sicily’s Straits of Messina, he had to avoid
the monster Charybdis and escape the 12-footed,
six-headed Scylla, which gobbled half of his crew.
Upon my arrival, I endure the trials of modern-day
wanderers—lost luggage, a weak dollar, and chaotic
traffic. But when Tooling Around III departs from
Milazzo, the stress stays onshore.
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