Carlo Mauri, an Italian explorer who is repeating Marco Polo's historic journey from Venice to Peking, has passed through Baghdad.
GV PAN..Baghdad street scene
SV & CU Carlo Mauri (centre -- bearded) with group (2 shots)
SV Party carry baggage to water's edge (3 shots)
SCU PAN..Mauri's 13-year-old son
GV Beat down river
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Background: Carlo Mauri, an Italian explorer who is repeating Marco Polo's historic journey from Venice to Peking, has passed through Baghdad. He is making the journey to make the 700th anniversary and is accompanied by his 12-year-old son, Luca, and a camera team.
The party covered the first part of their journey on horseback. They left Baghdad on a boat which will take them to Basra. During his journey Carlo is recording local music and photographing historic buildings.
Marco Polo was the first writer to relate in detail the story of the Chinese empire of that time, and to give a reliable accounts of the route to Peking. He discovered many cities previously unknown in the west.
SYNOPSIS: Baghdad, one of the world's focal points. Thousands of travellers pass through it every year. But it's seven-hundred years since Baghdad was a stopping place for the explorer, Marco Polo.
Today Carlo Mauri is following in Marco Polo's footsteps. Carlo, like Marco Polo, comes from Venice, and he aims to recrate Marco Polo's most famous exploit, in which he reached Peking. Marco Polo took a message from the Pope to the Empress of China. Carlo Mauri is carrying a golden lion, the symbol of Venice, from the people of Venice to the people of Peking. He expects his journey to take about a year in all. He reached Baghdad after spending two months on horseback.
His thirteen-year-old son, Luca, is accompanying him on the expedition, as well as a cameraman who will record the details in a way Marco Polo never dreamed of as he made notes with a quill pen on the crude paper they used seven entries ago, During the trip Carlo will be recording local music, and photographing historic buildings.