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13 November 2014

Concepts of Ideal Beauty in Renaissance Florence

We explore the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to discover the origins of ideal beauty in the Renaissance.

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Titian, Venus of Urbino, c. 1538, oil on canvas, Uffizi

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

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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18 February 2014

10 Favorite Books Set in Beijing

Looking to learn more about Beijing’s history? Discover our top ten books about China’s capital city.

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Midnight in Peking

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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Athens

15 October 2013

10 Favorite Books Set In Japan

Add to your reading list with these books based in Japan and guess our last entry to win a copy of that book!

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10 October 2013

The Grand Tour & Literati in Historic Rome

Our docent Hilary Bockham takes us on an journey through the streets of Rome as the ultimate destination of the 1800s Grand Tour.

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Spanish steps

29 May 2013

Dante 101: The Buzz Behind Dan Brown’s Inferno

Dan Brown’s newest novel has stirred up interest in Dante Alighieri, for better or for worse.

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Il Sommo Poeta

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

18 March 2013

Hemingway’s Favorite Parisian Cafés

Take a stroll through Paris using the cafés where Hemingway spent his days.

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Hemingway could often be found at Le Select, practically every day for his breakfast. He mentions it on a number of occasions in his writing, often in relation to the races, which were a popular activity for the writer and his circle.

17 November 2012

Discover the Folio Society with Context Travel

An interview (and a special offer) with one of the most interesting publishers of fiction and non fiction: The Folio Society

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4 October 2012

5 Books for Understanding Prague

Our list of 5 books to read before you make your trip to Prague.

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The wall--growing up behind the Iron Curtain

24 July 2012

Discovering Shakespeare at the British Museum

Kevin Childs explores the Shakespeare exhibition at the British Museum

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William Shakespeare

9 June 2012

Telling Tales at Oxford

In a year of literary milestones – the bicentenaries of the births of Charles Dickens and Robert Browning and the…

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AliceinWonderland

2 June 2012

A Look inside Istanbul’s Newest Museum: Orham Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence

Join us as we take a privileged look inside Orhan Pamuk’s new Museum of Innocence in the company of Pelin Kivrak.

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20 February 2012

Naples Photo of the Day: Certosa di San Martino

Our photo of the day takes us up to the Vomero Hill in Naples.

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Certosa di San Martino