Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Marco Polo

I hope National Geographic and photographer Mike Yamashita will forgive me for borrowing this beautiful photo. Afterall, it is to talk about their articles. I discovered this really interesting series of 3 articles from National Geographic, while searching for a map showing the route Marco Polo took during his travels. Interestingly enough, National Geographic has followed the same route as Marco Polo had during the 13th century, when he left Venice, Italy in 1271 and traveled to China (and other countries) for 25 years. They published the articles in 2001, but also have a short slide show with great photos and commentary on their website, and a book Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey has been published by the photographer Mike Yamashita. Anyway, all the information on the articles, slide show and books is available at the following link and the back issues of National Geographic can be purchased by calling here (boy, this information was really hard to find!). I am planning to enjoy it all... and of course read Marco Polo's travels! I have to say I love to read about explorers. It may be because I am originally from the part of France where Jacques Cartier was born and I have sailed in Brittany when I was young. Or because I am a little adventurous myself. Who knows? In any case, I have read Jacques Cartier, Columbus, Magellan, Shackleton (who explored Antarctica) and Eric the Red (the Viking who discovered Groenland). And Marco Polo was next on my list of readings before I even knew we were coming to China. And hey! I would love to hear from anyone reading this, on what they think about these National Geographic articles or any great explorer's book out there...

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