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4 May 2015

The Story Behind Goya’s May 1808 Paintings

Spain manager Sara shares the story behind Goya’s haunting works “The 2nd of May 1808″ and “The 3rd of May 1808″, which hang in the Museo del Prado.

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"El dos de mayo de 1808 en Madrid" by Francisco Goya - Museo del Prado, Madrid. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

25 April 2015

3 Heroines of WWII

When remembering the history of WWII, the important role of women is often lost. To celebrate Liberation Day in Italy we highlight 3 heroines of WWII.

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A patrol of armed women in 1945

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

24 February 2015

Mudéjar Architecture in Seville

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

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Real Alcázar

28 January 2015

10 Facts About the History of the Paris Metro

We share ten facts about the rich history of the Paris metro.

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Around 3,500 workers began constructing the metro in 1898, which was finished on July 19th, 1900, just in time for the World’s Fair and Summer Olympic Games at the Bois de Vincennes. Parisians immediately loved the new means of transport and it was quickly adapted as an inescapable feature of the Paris daily life.

20 November 2014

The Imperial Women of Byzantium

Istanbul docent Zachary S. Taylor gives us insight into the women who shaped Byzantine Istanbul.

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The Empress Zoe mosaics (11th-century) in Hagia Sophia (Istanbul, Turkey)
Christ Pantocrator is seated in the middle. On his right side stands emperor Constantine IX Monomachos; on his left side, empress Zoe. Courtesy of WikiCommons

11 November 2014

Four Sites to Commemorate WWI in and around Paris

With the centennial of WWI, we’ve compiled four important sites, museums and exhibits linked to the Great War in and around Paris.

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Visages de la Guerre exhibit

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

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

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.