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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.


Katie Nadworny  |  No Comments

Inside the Istanbul Modern

12 November 2015

What Not to Miss in Naples, from the locals’ perspective

Our docents in Naples give their advice on the best places to visit while in the city.


Luisa Grigoletto  |  No Comments

Bay of Naples, photo by  Luigi Scuderi for Context Travel

28 October 2015

Do “Zen Gardens” Really Exist?

Do Zen gardens really exist? Our Kyoto docents explore the world of Japanese gardens.


Lara Budge  |  No Comments


18 October 2015

A Voyage to Montserrat

Nestled high in the jagged, saw-tooth mountains northwest of Barcelona lies Montserrat, a unique and must-see destination for anyone visiting the region.


Lindsay Poulin  |  No Comments


12 October 2015

Rosé and Beyond: Wines of Provence

We sit down with Context docent and wine expert Frédéric Duverger to whet our appetites for wines of Provence and get some coveted tips on how to identify and choose the best of what the region has to offer.


Sara McCarty  |  No Comments

Rosé wine.

Photo credit: Arthur Caranta, Flickr.

7 October 2015

Hong Kong: Yesterday and Today

We look at the rapid urbanization of Hong Kong over the past 30 years.


Lara Budge  |  No Comments

Hong Kong Now and Then

Photo credits: (top) China Mike / (bottom) Lily Heise

20 September 2015

Habsburgs and Jesuits 101: a Primer

Just who were the Habsburgs and what influence did they have on Czech history? Prague docent Lenka Philippova shares her insight.


Stephanie Taralson  |  No Comments

Inside the halls of the Klementinum.

17 July 2015

Five Events to Understand the Spanish Civil War

On the 79th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, we look at what led up to this historic time in Spain’s history.


Jaimie Evoy  |  No Comments

General Fransisco Franco at the Victory Parade celebrating the end of the war, courtesy of Wikimedia Common.

30 June 2015

Murano Glass, Forgery, and Karma

We share some insight into the rise and potential fall of authentic Murano glass in Venice.


Luisa Grigoletto  |  1 Comment

Millefiori Plaque, 
Venice, Giovanni Battista Franchini, 1846, Courtesy of Glass Museum of Murano

25 June 2015

The Colorful Streets of Rio’s Santa Teresa

We take a look at the color street’s of Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood.


Amber Daniela Nelson  |  2 Comments

Parque das Ruinas

18 June 2015

Cézanne and Provence: Our Top 6 Sites

Discover the best sites in Provence linked to painter Paul Cézanne.


Jaimie Evoy  |  No Comments

Paul Cézanne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

15 June 2015

Colony to Nation, an American History Crash Course for Families

We share the perfect itinerary for learning about early American history in Philadelphia with your family.


Carolyn Macuga  |  No Comments


12 June 2015

Why Gardens Matter

From Kyoto to Boston, we talk with docents around the network about the importance of gardens in their cities.


Lindsay Poulin  |  2 Comments


3 June 2015

Five Reasons to Visit Milan

We give you five good reasons to visit our newest city in Italy – Milan.


Petulia  |  2 Comments

The never-ending Duomo

1 June 2015

Exploring Fener and Balat

Historically home to the city’s Greeks and Jews, Fener and Balat are two of Istanbul’s most beautiful and cultural neighborhoods.


Katie Nadworny  |  2 Comments

The steep streets of Fener and Balat are often used for film shoots, since they still feel like "Old Istanbul."

23 May 2015

5 Reasons to Visit the South of France

To mark the launch of our programs in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France manager Sara shares here 5 incentives for traveling south.


Sara McCarty  |  No Comments