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30 June 2015

Murano Glass, Forgery, and Karma

We share some insight into the rise and potential fall of authentic Murano glass in Venice.

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Millefiori Plaque, 
Venice, Giovanni Battista Franchini, 1846, Courtesy of Glass Museum of Murano

12 June 2015

Why Gardens Matter

From Kyoto to Boston, we talk with docents around the network about the importance of gardens in their cities.

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Lindsay Poulin  |  2 Comments

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3 June 2015

Five Reasons to Visit Milan

We give you five good reasons to visit our newest city in Italy – Milan.

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Petulia  |  2 Comments

The never-ending Duomo

1 June 2015

Exploring Fener and Balat

Historically home to the city’s Greeks and Jews, Fener and Balat are two of Istanbul’s most beautiful and cultural neighborhoods.

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The steep streets of Fener and Balat are often used for film shoots, since they still feel like "Old Istanbul."

6 May 2015

5 Reasons to Skip the Tower of London

We share a few oasis’s in the city to help you forget the crowds inside popular London sites.

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Chelsea Physic Garden
Photo: Chuck b

28 April 2015

Athens Beyond the Acropolis

Don’t limited yourself to the Acropolis in Athens. We give you a few good reasons to go out and explore other areas of the city.

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Athens Beyond The Acropolis

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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Lily Heise  |  2 Comments

Dois Irmaos

16 March 2015

Practical Facts: Using Shanghai’s Metro

Scared of the metro in Shanghai? Don’t be. We have a quick guide to make things easy on you.

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Sophie  |  2 Comments

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9 December 2014

Hanukkah in Budapest

Our docent and Jewish culture expert Kata Vincze takes us on a journey through Hanukkah in the Hungarian capital.

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7 December 2014

Insider Guide: Christmas Markets in Central Europe

Our local experts offer the inside story of Central Europe’s best Christmas Markets.

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Courtesy Wien Info

25 November 2014

Practical Facts: Understanding Beijing Pollution

Concerned about pollution in Beijing? We separate fact from fiction and give our best advice for why pollution fears shouldn’t make you skip a visit to China’s capital.

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Sophie  |  2 Comments

Blue skies over Tiananmen Square

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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Lily Heise  |  No Comments

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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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Emily Knight  |  1 Comment

Villa Doria Pamphilj, Monteverde. Photo Tom Rankin

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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19 September 2014

How to Use Transport in Beijing

We break down the best ways to traverse Beijing during your next visit.

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Sophie  |  1 Comment

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15 September 2014

The Berges de Seine: A Riverbank Wonderland

Highlights of one of Paris’s recently developed urban spaces.

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Sara McCarty  |  2 Comments