Team Marco Polo arrives at Marco Polo

Team members Gabi and Siena arrive at Marco Polo airport in Venice. A quick bus to Piazzale Rome to catch the Vaporetto to the hotel, and, Venice, here we come!

Marco would have been so proud!

Marco would have been so proud!

Pack like a rockstar!

The rule at Team Marco Polo is only one bag when you’re on the road. No problem for the producers, but for the Team, who pride themselves on looking good (they’re the ones in front of the camera, after all), this task can be a real challenge. But here’s Gabi’s trick for packing light. Buy the Jurassic Park size Ziplock bags (most grocery stores have them in the US), and use a vacuum to suck the air out.

Use your vacuum cleaner to suck the air out!

Use your vacuum cleaner to suck the air out!

Use the wand on the vacuum

Use the wand on the vacuum

The bag collapses into a clothes pancake!

The bag collapses into a clothes pancake!

Voila! You're ready to pack for France!

Voila! You’re ready to pack for France!

GO THERE! Team Marco Polo 2014 summer trip!

We’re packing the backpacks, charging the iPhones, downloading the music, and getting ready for Team Marco Polo’s annual summer trip, this time from Venice to Barcelona by way of Provence, France. Team members Gabi and Siena will be travelling and giving commentary, while producer Bill oversees the logistics.

From la Serenissima to Las Ramblas, we’ll dodge the doges and catch the Catalonians in our never ending effort to learn about the world through the eyes of young Americans.

Here’s our itinerary:

Venice to Barcelona

Venice to Barcelona

Lindsay Lohan on Team Marco Polo?

Well, this short film’s gonna be in the Venice film festival (which is, after all, in Europe) and we need the hits…

History Schmistory: May 27. King John Crowned.

1199. King John of England, who would go on to sign the Magna Carta, is crowned. During the ceremony, a heckler yelled “OK, you got your crown, now how about some rights?”

History Schmistory: May 26. Napolean gets crowned. Again.

1805: Napoleon is crowns himself King of Italy. Oh, aren’t you the big man, Napolean?

History Schmistory: May 25. Another one Bede’s the Dust

735: The Venerable Bede kicks the venerable bucket. A monk, scholar, teacher, and Doctor of the Church, Bede (also spelled Baeda or Beda) was the first English historian and is most well known for his extensive Ecclesiastical History of England, which would later serve as a major source for the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. His work had a significant influence on English and European scholarship.

How to Make an Awesome Music Video

Of a Renaissance patron of the arts.

Ludicrous Latin: Noli habere bovis, vir.

Don’t have a cow, man!

History Schmistory: May 24. You say you want a revolution!

1543: Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer who first posited that the earth revolves around the sun, goes to the great constellation in the sky, aged 70.
He was a mathematician, astronomer, physician, quadrilingual polyglot, classical scholar, translator, artist, Catholic cleric, jurist, governor, military leader, diplomat and economist. His Linkedin account only listed the first five.

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