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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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23 October 2014

Rome Beyond the Historic Center

These neighborhoods give you 5 great reasons to leave Rome’s historic center and explore.

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Villa Doria Pamphilj, Monteverde. Photo Tom Rankin

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

17 September 2014

One World Trade Center, Building without Expression

Architectural conservator Hansel Hernandez-Navarro shares his opinion of 1 World Trade Center.

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Downtown Manhattan in 2012, showing 1 WTC, on the far left,  under construction. Photo by David C Jones

12 September 2014

From Bauhaus to Futurism: Berlin’s 20th Century Design Legacy

A walk through Berlin’s fascinating 20th century architecture.

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Don’t be fooled by first impressions. Potsdamer Platz it is not just another downtown with lookalike skyscrapers, but a coordinated system of styles. While the Kollhoff Tower (in the centre) combines a visual language of American early 20th century Art Deco with traditional German peat-fired brick facade. The astounding Bahn Tower (on the right) reflects expressionist utopianism ideas of the 1920s. Image via Wiki Commons

19 August 2014

Celebrating Augustus, Rome’s First Emperor

On the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death, we discuss his legacy in Rome with archeologist Giulia Facchin.

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14 August 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit Budapest’s Baths

With 118 natural springs, Budapest has more thermal water springs than any other world capital. We take you through how to navigate the city’s numerous bath houses.

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Széchenyi Baths. Photo by Alex Proimos.

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.