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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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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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Blue skies over Tiananmen Square

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

25 October 2014

Four Greek Myths to Know Before Visiting Athens

Our top four Greek myths and the sites that tie in to them in Athens.

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Natalie Holmes  |  1 Comment

Erechtheion, from the south; via Wiki Commons

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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2 October 2014

The Pendulum Swings: West Berlin’s New Moment

Eyes turn toward West Berlin, which is recapturing its reputation as a hub of culture and creativity.

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Newly renovated Zoo Palast cinema, via Wiki Commons

22 September 2014

Transformative Travel Experiences

Context staff relays their most transformative travel experiences and how they have shaped their world vision.

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Rome-native Petulia has been with Context since the beginning. Now living in London with her husband and young daughter, she currently managers our London/Edinburgh programs as well as helping steer our customer service team.

I was 10 (so it was 27 years ago!) and my family and I took a 1 month long trip to the US. We flew to NYC, spent a week there, and then to Phoenix and from there we rented camper vans and traveled West covering most of the National Parks, as well as cities.

I will never forget that trip, meeting people from all over the world, seeing amazing places, and starting my lifelong love for American culture and people.

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

30 August 2014

Excursions from Paris: 5 Offbeat Things to Do in Lyon

Five useful tips on exploring offbeat Lyon, UNESCO Heritage city, gastronomic center and second largest city of France.

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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.

14 August 2014

Speaking like a local in Europe

Throughout the world, people bend and stretch their language to give it a unique and distinctly local flavor. To the…

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© Ed Yourdon, A Roman Couple

5 August 2014

TCM and Eating to Beat the Heat in China

Learn a bit more about the principles of hot and cold food in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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©Stacy Spensley

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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Emily Knight  |  2 Comments

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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Lily Heise  |  1 Comment

Vaux Gardens

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