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14 April 2015

4 Reasons to Explore Tuscany

We look at Tuscany, our newest program in Italy, with all its incredible art, architecture, food, and wine.

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View of the Val d'Orcia

9 April 2015

Docent, in a Word

Paul shares the story behind the meaning of the word docent and why it’s so important to Context.

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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

11 March 2015

From Paris to Rio with Lily Heise

Expansion manager Lily Heise shares her adventures through South America and talks about what’s on the horizon for Context.

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Lily Great Wall

9 March 2015

Why You Should Visit Istanbul in 2015

Istanbul manager Katie gives us a personal look into why you should visit the city in 2015.

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Rainbow Steps in Cihangir

28 February 2015

Furry Friends in the National Gallery

From leaping dogs, to wide-eyed cats and squirming eels, the National Gallery is packed with paintings of animals. Our new…

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Pietro Longhi, The Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice, 1751
National Gallery, Room 39

24 February 2015

Mudéjar Architecture in Seville

A slideshow highlighting the Mudéjar style of architecture in Seville and its characteristics.

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Sara McCarty  |  2 Comments

Real Alcázar

2 January 2015

Around the World with Art Nouveau

We survey our docents about their favorite Art Nouveau buildings to show how this truly international style left a lasting legacy across the globe.

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Barcelona - Palau de la Música

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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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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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.