learned on this trip that there was a �ch� sound in the middle of
the name. I already knew that it was
the home of Marco Polo,
except in Korcula it�s spelled �Marko�. I
figured that since I have traveled the world so much, I owed it to
myself to make a pilgrimage to his home.
the bus turned the corner on the mountain top and I saw Korcula below,
I thought, �What a charming city!� The
medieval walled town was perfectly set on the tip of a peninsula jutting
into the Peljesac Channel. A grand stairway
called the Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata) from the 1650�s lead up to old
Korcula�s city wall, which was built and expanded for protection in
the14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. And,
not far beyond that was a woman who lead me on to my rented apartment.
It would have been impossible to get lost in the old town;
it was so small! But, it would have equally
been impossible to find the apartment without help.
It wasn�t well marked and all the streets tended to look alike.
figured that there would be some grand and noble statue of Marco Polo
somewhere. Nope, but there was a metal
portrait of him outside his home, a museum (closed for renovations).
I guess Korcula relied more on its sunshine than its history