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26 January 2016

How To Stay Cool in Melbourne

As the northern hemisphere lies in the midst of chilly and dark days, our distant neighbours in the South, or…

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16 January 2016

The New Renwick: Dedicated to the Future of Art

Washington D.C.’s Renwick Gallery, home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s craft and decorative arts program, has been restored, reenergized, and…

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Renwick Stairwell Carpet

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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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.

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Bay of Naples, photo by  Luigi Scuderi for Context Travel

1 November 2015

The Best of Prague: 7 Things to Skip and What to Do Instead

As tourism in Prague soars, we explore the dos and don’ts for your next visit.

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11 September 2015

How to Visit Dresden

We look at Dresden, a fascinating city that is our newest excursion from Berlin.

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A renewed urban landscape

21 July 2015

125 Years On: The Legacy of Vincent Van Gogh

As the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death approaches (July 29, 2015), we sat down with docent and art historian Lora Sariaslan, who leads our Van Gogh Museum Seminar, to dive deeper into the enigmatic artists’s personal history, creative spirit, and cultural legacy.

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Self-Portrait, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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.

28 April 2015

Athens Beyond the Acropolis

Don’t limited yourself to the Acropolis in Athens. We give you a few good reasons to go out and explore other areas of the city.

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Athens Beyond The Acropolis

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

28 February 2015

Furry Friends in the National Gallery

From leaping dogs, to wide-eyed cats and squirming eels, the National Gallery is packed with paintings of animals. Our new…

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Pietro Longhi, The Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice, 1751
National Gallery, Room 39

24 February 2015

Mudéjar Architecture in Seville

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

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Sara McCarty  |  2 Comments

Real Alcázar

7 January 2015

The Rediscovery of Istanbul’s Spectacular Basilica Cistern

It’s hard to imagine that a famous tourist attraction in a major city might ever be hidden and inaccessible, but that was nearly the fate of the famous Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.

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Basilica Cistern, via Wiki Commons

25 November 2014

Practical Facts: Understanding Beijing Pollution

Concerned about pollution in Beijing? We separate fact from fiction and give our best advice for why pollution fears shouldn’t make you skip a visit to China’s capital.

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Sophie  |  2 Comments

Blue skies over Tiananmen Square

13 November 2014

Concepts of Ideal Beauty in Renaissance Florence

We explore the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to discover the origins of ideal beauty in the Renaissance.

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Titian, Venus of Urbino, c. 1538, oil on canvas, Uffizi

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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