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22 September 2014

Transformative Travel Experiences

Context staff relays their most transformative travel experiences and how they have shaped their world vision.

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Rome-native Petulia has been with Context since the beginning. Now living in London with her husband and young daughter, she currently managers our London/Edinburgh programs as well as helping steer our customer service team.

I was 10 (so it was 27 years ago!) and my family and I took a 1 month long trip to the US. We flew to NYC, spent a week there, and then to Phoenix and from there we rented camper vans and traveled West covering most of the National Parks, as well as cities.

I will never forget that trip, meeting people from all over the world, seeing amazing places, and starting my lifelong love for American culture and people.

11 July 2014

Docent Spotlight: Vassilios Dalamagas

This month we spotlight Athens’ docent and historian Vassilios Dalamagas, who shares his love of his city and Greek history with us.

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Athens docent and historian Vassilios Dalamagas

10 June 2014

How to Tour the Top Sites Around the Globe

From Beijing to Berlin, from Rome to Istanbul, we’ve pooled our collective local knowledge to put together definitive guides on how to tour some of the top sites around the globe.

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The more than 8 million visitors annually, the Forbidden City is Beijing's most touristed site. 

Top tip: Avoid weekend and holiday visits, particularly October 1-3 (China’s National Day is Oct. 1), when the Forbidden City is at its most crowded as visitors also flock from China’s countryside to take in the site.

7 June 2014

Docent Spotlight: Sophie Ruggles

We explore the culinary world of Barcelona with cook, food writer, and Context docent Sophie Ruggles.

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14 May 2014

Docent Spotlight: Caroline Barron

We chat with docent Caroline Barron about all things London, from what books to read to where to find Roman London.

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13 April 2014

Docent Spotlight: Richard Steiner

Docent Richard Steiner shares a bit about living life in Kyoto as an artisan.

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10 March 2014

Docent Spotlight: Heribert von Reiche

Longtime Berlin docent Heribert von Reiche shares his love for his native city with us.

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10 February 2014

Docent Spotlight: Flavie Thomas

We chat with Paris docent Flavie Thomas about what it’s like to lead family walks in the French capital.

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8 December 2013

Context’s Ultimate Gift Guide

Ready for the holidays?  So are we!  We’ve surveyed our docents and city managers across the world to put together…

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26 August 2013

Practical Facts: 5 Food Traps to Avoid in Rome

Our culinary experts give their advice and tips on how to avoid tourist traps while eating in Rome.

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Dining near a major tourist monument may spell trouble. Photo ©Jessica Stewart

29 July 2013

Best Beach Trips Outside Rome

As summer heats up, find our suggestions for the best beaches to visit outside of Rome.

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Panoramic view of Santa Marinella beach

8 July 2013

Venice Biennale: What Not to Miss

Need help deciding what to see at Venice’s Biennale? We tell you what’s not to miss.

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22 June 2013

Berlin and Beijing, Contemporary Art Cities

What makes Berlin and Beijing two capitals of contemporary art? Our docents help us find the answer.

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Exploring Beijing's 798 art district. (c) Alessandro Gloder

4 June 2013

Why You Should Skip San Gimignano: 3 Alternate Excursions

We tell you why you should think about skipping San Gimignano, Pompeii, and Siracusa during your next trip to Italy.

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1 April 2013

Preparing Your Children to Learn About the Holocaust

Some resources to help parents prepare their children the difficult topic of the Holocaust.

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin

14 March 2013

Enter A Japan Scavenger Hunt & Win

Enter our interactive scavenger hunt and win a free Japan walking seminar!

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