An Egyptian woman takes a photo of the largest and the newest container ship in the world, the British flagged CMA CGM Marco Polo, sails through the Suez Canal on December 2, 2012, as it passes the port of Ismailia, 120 km northeast of the Egyptian capital Cairo. The South Korean built Marco Polo can carry some 16 000 containers or 167 000 tons. AFP PHOTO/STR
Marco Polo with a caravan. Illustration from the 'Catalan Atlas'. Ar. 1375. Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Marco Polo mit einer Karavane. Illustration aus dem 'Katalanischen Atlas'. Um 1375. Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.]
Circa 1300, Venetian traveler Marco Polo (1254 - 1324) in the court of the Great Khan, Kublai. Entered the Khan's diplomatic service, and famously traveled cross China. Wrote 'The Travels of Marco Polo' in a Genoese prison.