Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Need Something To Do Tuesday?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wouldn't it be neat to have a road made out of silk? Just think about how much lovelier the world would look if asphalt were replaced with stretches of richly colored, shiny fabric. Sure, it's about as plausible as installing the rainbow road from the Mario Kart video games—car tires would rip the silk to shreds and motor oil stains would never come out—but it sure would look pretty.

There was, in fact, a Silk Road a long time ago. And it didn't exist in the video game realm, nor was it actually made of silk. You can learn all about the Silk Road, which linked China and Rome, today at the Meridian Library at 6:30 p.m.

It's free and you'll learn some interesting history and see photos of the route, which is still traveled today. You'll even hear about a guy named Marco Polo, who is said to have spent some time on the trail in the 13th and 14th centuries. So go check it out. And maybe wear something silky.


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