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In the Footsteps of Marco Polo (2008)

Some people dream big dreams. Only a few bold adventurers live them. Two such adventurers are Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell, who took a wild idea - they wanted to retrace Marco ... See full summary »


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Denis Belliveau Denis Belliveau ... Himself
Kathryn Klvana ... Narrator
Francis O'Donnell Francis O'Donnell ... Himself


Some people dream big dreams. Only a few bold adventurers live them. Two such adventurers are Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell, who took a wild idea - they wanted to retrace Marco Polo's entire 25,000 mile land-and-sea route from Venice to China and back - and spent two incredible years of their lives trying to turn it into reality. IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARCO POLO chronicles the extraordinary journey of two ordinary guys - Denis, at the time a wedding photographer, Francis an artist and U.S. Marine veteran -- as they venture on foot, on horseback, on camel-back, in jeeps and trucks and boats and trains, through Venice, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, several former republics of the Soviet Union, China, Indonesia and India. Written by Belliveau, Denis

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Absolutely Amazing Guys! Thank You Thank You!
15 March 2009 | by farmontarioSee all my reviews

It was a late night at work in a tiny Winter Northern Ontario town where I work as a Conductor/Engineer for a railway. I was settling into the local no-frills away from home Motel late last night in a rustic Paper Mill Town of Espanola which happens to have some remote and wild experiences as well as magical spiritual scenery but then again as I watched In the Footsteps of Marco Polo this all pales to compare. Perhaps because I was NOT prepared in the smallest fraction to the global experience that Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell had taken me on and LOL on a 27" bubble screen TV for that matter! It's only because wow, this wonderful spectacle just became an instant close friend.

Nay-sayers, nick pickers or authenticity critics need not apply! Please don't go there...do us all the favor and simply think 14 again (which assumes your thinking that the world is wide open and bullet proof) which I would not hesitate to imagine this duo unmistakeably will. Grab a snack/drink and go for the adventure that naturally unfolded to create this beautiful trip (but trip is hardly used correct). This is neither to me a trip nor a journey, it was a little over a year of next to being there with them on a mission to find out as much as what Marco Polo could have expected. PLUS PLUS PLUS OMG.

I can't thank these 2 guys enough for the moment that unfolded in this drab time in my life where it appears I am also middle aged and yet unchallenged with having only 3 weeks holidays a year at work (and that just happened this year), and to further strengthen life's death grip on my present grounding I am given my holidays at my companies discretion and never more than 1 week at a time. Long story short...Denis and Francis's heroic trip was my journey, my conquest, my lifetime this evening! AMAZING! All I did was hit the power button. Is that why these kind of movies or cinema epics become hidden gems...I think I just finally found out why!

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