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28 July 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit Pompeii

Our docents give the best tips and tricks for how to explore the incredible site of Pompeii, just a short trip from Naples.

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Amphitheater, Pompeii

21 July 2014

From Chateaux to the Sea: Favorite Daytrips from Paris

Our Paris docents detail their favorite excursions from Paris, including unique castles, artist villages and seaside towns.

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Vaux Gardens

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

4 July 2014

2014: 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we examine its continued impact on the city.

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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.

23 May 2014

Anna Greenspan on Shanghai’s Future

In anticipation of her new book, Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade, we speak with docent Anna Greenspan about the city’s future.

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The Huangpu River and a sliver of the Bund skyline

10 May 2014

Practical Facts: Visiting the Vatican with Kids

Visiting the Vatican with your kids? Make sure you have our handy list of tips to help make the experience easier.

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30 April 2014

Contemporary Budapest & the Architecture of Politics

Contemporary Budapest is the perfect place for uncovering Hungary’s political history both ancient and modern, by looking at its architecture and urban planning.

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Chain Bridge via Wiki Commons

27 April 2014

Amsterdam Beyond the Canal Ring – KNSM and Java Islands

We take a look on Amsterdam’s urban renewal success story, KNSM and Java Islands, as featured on our Model City walking tour.

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Despite being called islands, KNSM and Java together make up a peninsula of reclaimed land, constructed using a historical method typical to the Netherlands. Created in the 19th century, the islands were initially used as a breakwater for the Eastern Docklands area, before land levels were raised with soil dredged from the North Sea Canal.

18 April 2014

Beneath the Crypta Balbi

We interview archeologist and docent Patrizia Sfligiotti about her time digging at Rome’s Crypta Balbi.

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The Crypta Balbi

24 March 2014

Five Reasons To Visit Greenwich…and Maybe Skip the London Eye

Skip the more conventional sites in London and venture out to the green oasis of Greenwich.

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Canaletto. 'A View of Greenwich from the River'  (Tate, London)

1 March 2014

Philadelphia: Five Reasons to Skip the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is more than the Liberty Bell for those wanting to delve into American history. Our docent give their list of what to visit in lieu of the crowded monument.

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12 February 2014

Romantic Passageways of Paris

The unique covered passageways of Paris are a perfect place for a romantic stroll, in the chilly month of February.

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Passage de l’Ancre (223 rue Saint-Martin - 30 rue Turbigo 75003)

5 January 2014

Papal Crest Symbolism in Rome

Ever wondered why the grand Palazzo Barberini is decorated with bees? We share the secrets of Papal Crests in Rome.

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Palazzo Farnese

8 November 2013

Did You Know? 9 Facts to Celebrate the London Tube’s 150th Anniversary

As the London Tube turns 150, we look at some fun, quirky facts about its history and use, past and present.

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23 October 2013

The Cotswolds in a Day

Curious about visiting the Cotswolds? Here’s our advice on how to plan a day in the area.

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