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16 July 2014

3 Reasons to Skip a Gondola in Venice

We give you three good reasons not to spend on a gondola ride the next time you are in Venice.

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9 July 2014

Castles and Mazes, Medieval Sites around London

Some suggestions for a fairy tale day out in the English countryside with some Medieval sites near London.

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Scotney castle

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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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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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

27 March 2014

Beyond Glass Animals: Handicrafts in Venice

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite forms of Venetian craftsmanship as a testament to the city’s longstanding status as a center of refined, intricate, 100% handmade work.

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Medico della Peste (Plague Doctor) © Thomas Leplus

21 March 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit a Mosque

Travelers to Istanbul are often hesitant to go inside a mosque, yet there’s no reason not to, which is why we wanted to provide some tips the general etiquette of how to visit a mosque

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Suleymaniye Mosque

18 March 2014

Exploring Liulichang

Beijing docent Claire Cuccio shares the secrets of Luilichang, a thriving enclave of artisan culture close to the Forbidden City.

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12 March 2014

Practical Facts: How to Navigate Budapest

From tipping to taxis, our best advice on how to navigate the Hungarian capital successfully.

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25 February 2014

5 Venetian Painters You Need To Know

We’ve asked art historian Susan Steer to share the 5 Venetian painters you should know before your next visit to the lagoon.

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Giandomenico Tiepolo, Peasant family at table, 1757

27 November 2013

5 Sites to Skip in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is all the rage, but what’s worth visiting and what’s worth skipping? We let you in on the secret.

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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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19 October 2013

5 Fashionable Brunch Spots in Paris

Our picks for the trendiest Parisian brunch spots of the moment.

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A veggie burger at Le Dépanneur

16 September 2013

Prague’s Historic Cafés

Learn more about the history behind Prague’s historic cafés

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Built in 1902, the Cafe Louvre boasts Karel Capek, Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein among its former patrons. Adopted by the city’s literary movers and shakers as a makeshift office in 1912, the cafe later extended its premises with a jazz club and wine cellar. In 1948, the venue was ransacked by communist forces and lay unused until the early 90s when it underwent a painstaking renovation to restore it to its former glory.

17 August 2013

History Lesson: Peeling Back Layers of Japanese Culture

Get a peak inside contemporary Japanese culture with anthropologist Troy Fisher-Harper.

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