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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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Charles II of Spain

7 September 2015

Madrid: Tapas, Tavernas, and Cultural Codes

We sit down with docent and local food expert Helena Vaello to dive into the deeper meaning of tapas and tavernas in the Spanish capital.


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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.


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

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.

8 February 2014

Top Three Artworks for Families at the Prado

We discover the top Three Artworks for families at the Prado museum in Madrid with docent and art historian Alma Cross.


Jessica Stewart  |  No Comments

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14 January 2014

Understanding Spanish Sherry

Context docent and sommelier Preston Mohr shares the process and subtleties of Spanish Sherry, one of the most misunderstood wines of the world.


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27 December 2013

Roscón de Reyes: A cake made for a King (or Queen)!

In Spain, the Christian holiday Epiphany (January 6) is fêted with flair. Our Spain specialist explains the tradition of the Roscón de Reyes.


Sara McCarty  |  No Comments

Roscón de Reyes

11 June 2013

Practical Facts: Getting to the Airport in Paris, Madrid & Barcelona

Skip that taxi by learning some practical tips for traveling from the airport in Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid.


Genevieve Timmins  |  3 Comments

Paris metro

7 May 2013

History Lesson: Bourbons in Spain

Who are the Spanish Bourbons? We look at some of the highlights of their 300 year reign.


Courtney Delaunay  |  No Comments


13 March 2013

Practical Facts: How to Tip When Abroad

Our guide to tipping across our European and Asian cities is full of surprises.


Whitney Webster  |  4 Comments

Parisian cafe

10 September 2012

Exhibitions you shouldn’t miss this Fall

A selection of exhibitions worth traveling for!


Petulia  |  No Comments

Gauguin-Te vaa

23 April 2012

Telling the story behind Tapas

Food writer Vicky Hayward gives us some insight on the history of Tapas and other Spanish culinary traditions


Petulia  |  2 Comments


27 March 2012

Memorable meals around Europe

Six memorable meals and snacks in six different cities.


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14 February 2012

Summer Camp in Paris

Learn about our new Summer Camp program. How it works and how you could take advantage of it!


Petulia  |  13 Comments


31 January 2012

Off the Beaten Path: Tours in the Public Interest

At Context, our philosophy has always been about promoting and protecting the cultural heritage in each of the cities in…


Carolyn Macuga  |  No Comments


7 October 2011

The Case for Madrid (Context City of Literature 2011)

All this month on the Context blog, we’ll be deciding the Context ‘City of Literature’ for 2011. Our docents in…


Jessica Stewart  |  4 Comments

Don Quixote