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2 August 2016

Quirks and Oddities in Oxford

Nicknamed the City of Dreaming Spires by poet Matthew Arnold for its harmonious university architecture, Oxford is nevertheless much more than just its acclaimed academy. Docent Emily Knight, local resident and PhD candidate at Trinity College, shares her favourite facts about the eccentric city she calls home.

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Magdalen College Tower at Oxford

15 June 2016

Tartan: Top 10 things to know about Scotland’s famous fabric

Tartan is synonymous with Scottish identity, and the focus of many a myth. We’ve woven together the top ten things to know about Scotland’s famous fabric, and smashed some stereotypes along the way.

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17 May 2016

Rome Beyond the Historic Center

These neighborhoods give you 5 great reasons to leave Rome’s historic center and explore.

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Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro (known as the "Square Colosseum")

6 May 2016

5 Best Popes in History

In the List of Popes, These Are the 5 Greatest Since the declaration of Habemus Papam – we have a…

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15 April 2016

Notebook Boston: An Insider’s View of Beantown

Boston: From the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall to the Union Oyster House and All Points In-between One of the…

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4 April 2016

How to Tour Westminster Abbey

  Few places across the British empire encapsulates all that is England more than gothic Westminster Abbey. Born from the…

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1 April 2016

7 Best Paintings at Vienna’s KHM

Great things come in fours.  Good luck requires four leaves on a clover, four seasons round out the personality of…

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Junge Frau bei der Toilette by Giovanni Bellini

17 March 2016

The Best Craic In Dublin

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Contextuals here at Context Travel!  Whether your family hails from the Emerald Isle or…

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15 March 2016

How to Tour the Musée d’Orsay

Our insider tips for visiting the Orsay museum in Paris, a world-class collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

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10 March 2016

Say Wat? 3 Bangkok Must See Temples

Bangkok: a city of layers. Shiny skyscrapers reflect gilded temples. Skytrains speed above above chugging canal boats, while the MRT’s…

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12 February 2016

New Discoveries in Old London

London expert Sheila shares her time in London, full of discoveries and hidden finds.

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21 January 2016

The Stories Behind Berlin’s Boulevards

What’s in a name? We look at the history behind the naming of Berlin’s biggest squares and boulevards.

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10 December 2015

Charles II: El Escorial’s Most Bizarre Resident

We spotlight Charles II, the eccentric last monarch of the Spanish Habsburgs.

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6 December 2015

The Jubilee: What to Expect in Rome

December 8 begins a Jubilee Year in Rome. We take you through the history and what to expect.

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3 December 2015

Festive December in Milan and the Celebration of St. Ambrose

Some insider tips on what makes Milan special during the month of December.

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17 November 2015

Understanding Modern Art in Turkey

We share how modern art in Turkey reflects the birth of the Turkish Republic, and the complex identities of Turkish artists.

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