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16 September 2015

5 Places to Experience Bossa Nova

We explore five authentic spaces to listen to Bossa Nova music in Rio.

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Vinicius Bar

14 April 2015

4 Reasons to Explore Tuscany

We look at Tuscany, our newest program in Italy, with all its incredible art, architecture, food, and wine.

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View of the Val d'Orcia

2 April 2015

Alternative Rio Vistas

A slideshow depicting some hills in Rio which provide alternative viewpoints to Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ Redeemer.

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Dois Irmaos

11 March 2015

From Paris to Rio with Lily Heise

Expansion manager Lily Heise shares her adventures through South America and talks about what’s on the horizon for Context.

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Lily Great Wall

10 February 2015

Practical Facts: How to Navigate Buenos Aires

Lily Heise shares insight on how to navigate the newest Context city – Buenos Aires.

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Buenos Aires bus

15 January 2015

Staff Spotlight: Petulia Melideo

We learn more about the people behind Context with our staff spotlights. First up is Petulia Melideo, who has been with us since 2004.

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Petulia and Context co-founder Paul Bennett, enjoying our MOMA Seminar led by Prof. Ara Merjian in 2010.

2 January 2015

Around the World with Art Nouveau

We survey our docents about their favorite Art Nouveau buildings to show how this truly international style left a lasting legacy across the globe.

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Barcelona - Palau de la Música

18 December 2014

The Perfect Gift: Artisanal Jewelry in Rome

Docent Theresa Potenza shares some tips on how to find Roman artisanal jewelry for the perfect holiday gift.

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17 November 2014

Docent Spotlight: Art Historian Lora Sariaslan

We chat with Amsterdam docent Lora Sariaslan about art and life in the city.

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Lora Sariaslan photo 2014

11 November 2014

Four Sites to Commemorate WWI in and around Paris

With the centennial of WWI, we’ve compiled four important sites, museums and exhibits linked to the Great War in and around Paris.

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Visages de la Guerre exhibit

1 November 2014

Uncovering El Raval, Barcelona’s Gentrifying Neighborhood

Docent and architectural historian Celia Marin shares some interesting facts about El Raval, Barcelona’s former bohemian center and red light district, now one of the city’s most up-and-coming districts.

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20 October 2014

Picasso’s Paris: Five of the Artist’s Paris Haunts

In celebration of the Picasso Museum’s reopening, here are five sites around Paris linked to this influential 20th century artist.

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7 Quai des Grands Augustins

13 October 2014

Insider Tips for Exploring Tango in Buenos Aires

Afew of our tango docents reveal some of the secrets to embarking into tango culture in Buenos Aires on your own.

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8 October 2014

Discovering Buenos Aires with Art Historian Georgina Gluzman

We chat with art historian Georgina Gluzman about our newest Context city Buenos Aires.

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Context Docent Georgina Gluzman

27 September 2014

Modernist Architect, the Genius of Lluís Domènech i Montaner

Discovering modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, designer of the Palau de la Musica and UNESCO World Heritage site Hospital Sant Pau, with the help of our Context Barcelona docents.

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Hospital de Sant Pau by  Luis Domènech i Montaner

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.
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