When Marco Polo lived in Venice, he watched every spring as a convoy of ships, called a muda, left Venice in the spring and came back in autumn.
I wonder, did his mother wait in autumn for the return of his father, Niccolo, before she died?
I wonder, did Marco Polo run to the Grand Canal each autumn to see if his father would come home?
|Venetian Ships, Source: Baldwin Project|
This convoy brought merchants, goods, knowledge, ideas and culture to Venice. Marco Polo's life must have been full of new and fascinating discoveries as a young boy. It's no wonder he had a taste for adventure when so much of it kissed the shores of his hometown each year.