Denis Belliveau
“In the Footsteps of Marco Polo”

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time Details: 5:30PM Member Business Meeting
6:00PM Cocktail Hour
6:45PM Dinner
7:30PM Lecture
Location: Location included on invitations mailed to members and friends


“In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” premiered on public television in November 2008. It chronicled the journey of two ordinary guys – Belliveau, and Francis O’Donnell, an artist and former Marine – as they set out to follow Polo’s historic route. Equal parts travelogue, adventure story, and history trek, the 90-minute film weaves footage from the duo’s often perilous voyage with Marco Polo’s descriptions and experiences. Richly enhanced with Belliveau’s award-winning photographs, the program details their highs and lows as they retrace Polo’s path, trying to see what he saw and feel what he must have felt.

On their journey, the pair survives a deadly firefight and befriends a warlord in Afghanistan, cross the forbidding Taklamakan Desert in a Silk Road camel caravan, endure continuous interrogations from authorities, and live among cultures ranging from the expert horsemen of Mongolia to the tattooed tribes of Indonesia.

In the spirit of history’s great adventurers, the two make their way across the world’s largest land mass and back, securing – or, when necessary, forging – visas, surviving extreme temperatures, and talking their way out of jams brought on by Tajik soldiers, Chinese security officers, and an assortment of other bureaucrats, border guards and armed warriors.

“We made it the 13th century in our heads,” said Belliveau. “What was this like for Marco? How would it have been for him? We were going to try to make this whole journey like we were living in Marco Polo’s world.” Without the assistance of air travel, they made their way on foot, horseback, camel-back, in jeeps, trucks, boats and trains.

Join us on Tuesday, October 27th as Denis Belliveau shares highlights of his historic adventures with us!

Speaker Bio
Denis Belliveau is an American photographer, author and explorer who retraced Marco Polo's route from Europe to Asia and back, a feat which became the publication of the documentary and book titled In the Footsteps of Marco Polo. The documentary has been used by Belliveau to create a unique interdisciplinary educational curriculum that he presents at schools and libraries across the United States and internationally.

Denis is also a scuba diver with over 600 dives on the Mesoamerican Reef, Belliveau's photography was instrumental in establishing the definitive map for the coral reef of the Mexican island of Cozumel. Belliveau also participated in an historic archaeological dig in southwest France, unearthing a centuries-old Christian monastery, located at the current site of Abbatiale Saint-Maixent de Saint-Maixent-l'École. Belliveau's photography and writing have been highlighted in numerous periodicals, magazines and books, including The New York Times, Petersen's Photographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and BBC’s Planet Earth.

Reservation Deadline: October 23, 2015
Payment Information: Pre-payment is required for dinner; payments will no longer be accepted at the door.

Mail your check (payable to The Explorers Club - St. Louis Chapter) – with your name and the names of your guests – to:
   The Explorers Club - St. Louis Chapter
   c/o Mr. Benjamin Hulsey
   Thompson Coburn LLP
   One US Bank Plaza
   St. Louis, MO 63101-9702
Member/Spouse Price: $65
Guest Price: $70

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