My great friend Peter from Tassie refers to me as Ms Marco Polo.
Korcula Island in Croatia was on my must visit list, so as I was google-mapping trying to find a quiet place to stay I decided on Kneze. Coastal and small, no shops just one restaurant, so that's decided then. Off I head only to discover that the restaurant is called Marco Polo! Right, I'm eating there for sure. Marco Polo was born in the 13C in Korcula, the port town on this island. They have a museum with more information of his travels. I shall try to visit it on my way off the island
So who was Marco Polo? His Dad was called Nicholas and they travelled the Silk Road. Marco wrote a book "Millions" about his adventures in China. He also had adventures in the Mediteranean which landed him in an Italian prison for a while.
Others have written about Marco Polo and his extraordinary travel experiences, this is an excerpt from one of them
Marco Polo describes a bridge, to Kublai Khan , (the Oriental Emporer,)stone by stone.
“But which is the stone that support the bridge?” Kublai Khan asks.“The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,”Marco answers, “ but by the line of the arch that they form.”
Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting. Eventually, the Great Khan adds: “ Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me!”
To which Polo retorts: “Without stones there is no arch”
And to round out the story, I did visit the museum on my way to catch the ferry back to mainland Croatia. It was a quaint little museum. Entry fee included an audio tour. That was great. I learned in great detail more about Marco Polo and now am keen enough to read a few books of his travels when I get home.