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7 September 2014

Secrets of the Samurai: Five Surprising Facts

Our of list of five intriguing secrets of the iconic samurai.

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Samurai during the Boshin War period 1860s, via Wikimedia Commons

19 August 2014

Celebrating Augustus, Rome’s First Emperor

On the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death, we discuss his legacy in Rome with archeologist Giulia Facchin.

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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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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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Vaux Gardens

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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10 June 2014

How to Tour the Top Sites Around the Globe

From Beijing to Berlin, from Rome to Istanbul, we’ve pooled our collective local knowledge to put together definitive guides on how to tour some of the top sites around the globe.

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The more than 8 million visitors annually, the Forbidden City is Beijing's most touristed site. 

Top tip: Avoid weekend and holiday visits, particularly October 1-3 (China’s National Day is Oct. 1), when the Forbidden City is at its most crowded as visitors also flock from China’s countryside to take in the site.

10 May 2014

Practical Facts: Visiting the Vatican with Kids

Visiting the Vatican with your kids? Make sure you have our handy list of tips to help make the experience easier.

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30 April 2014

Contemporary Budapest & the Architecture of Politics

Contemporary Budapest is the perfect place for uncovering Hungary’s political history both ancient and modern, by looking at its architecture and urban planning.

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Chain Bridge via Wiki Commons

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

3 April 2014

Daytrip from Barcelona: Hidden Girona

Looking for day-trip to escape the bustling barris of Barcelona? Girona may be just the ticket.

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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

15 March 2014

Closing the Circle: Oltrarno Artisans

We talked with two former winners of the Context apprenticeship program in Florence to see how things have come full circle since it began in 2008.

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10 March 2014

Docent Spotlight: Heribert von Reiche

Longtime Berlin docent Heribert von Reiche shares his love for his native city with us.

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7 March 2014

Royal Rivalry: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis

France is famous, or perhaps infamous, for being a country of passion and heartbreak, of dangerous liasons and romantic rifts. We take you behind the scenes of one of the most scandalous and torrid tales of the 16th century.

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1 March 2014

Philadelphia: Five Reasons to Skip the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is more than the Liberty Bell for those wanting to delve into American history. Our docent give their list of what to visit in lieu of the crowded monument.

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Photo courtesy of bartramsgarden.org

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