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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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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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Visages de la Guerre exhibit

6 November 2014

The Treasures of Berlin’s Pergamon Museum

Though the eponymous Pergamon Altar has now closed until 2019, there’s still plenty of treasures to explore in this world-class museum.

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Ishtar Gate

20 October 2014

Picasso’s Paris: Five of the Artist’s Paris Haunts

In celebration of the Picasso Museum’s reopening, here are five sites around Paris linked to this influential 20th century artist.

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7 Quai des Grands Augustins

30 August 2014

Excursions from Paris: 5 Offbeat Things to Do in Lyon

Five useful tips on exploring offbeat Lyon, UNESCO Heritage city, gastronomic center and second largest city of France.

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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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9 July 2014

Castles and Mazes, Medieval Sites around London

Some suggestions for a fairy tale day out in the English countryside with some Medieval sites near London.

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Scotney castle

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.

10 April 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit a Temple

Here’s our guide to how to visit temples and shrines in China and Japan.

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6 April 2014

Inside Slow Art Day, an Interview with Claire Bown

Slow Art Day is a global event that has taken place annually for the last five years across the globe. We interview Amsterdam Docent Claire Bown to find out more.

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Cathedra by Barnett Newman, via Wiki Commons

3 April 2014

Daytrip from Barcelona: Hidden Girona

Looking for day-trip to escape the bustling barris of Barcelona? Girona may be just the ticket.

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31 March 2014

Age of Enlightenment at Teylers Museum, Haarlem

The Teylers Museum, located in Haarlem just 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam, was founded in the late 18th century. Here are some of our favourite rooms of the ultimate museum’s museum.

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The fossilised treasures of these two dusty, atmospheric rooms were obtained during a time when the idea that animals and plants had lived and become extinct was still quite new. Teylers’ collection turned out to hold some key items in the emerging scientific field of palaeontology; the presentation of the petrified remains of flora and fauna, along with hand sketched explicatory diagrams, hints at the excitement and mysticism that must surely have accompanied such discoveries.

24 March 2014

Five Reasons To Visit Greenwich…and Maybe Skip the London Eye

Skip the more conventional sites in London and venture out to the green oasis of Greenwich.

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Canaletto. 'A View of Greenwich from the River'  (Tate, London)

10 March 2014

Docent Spotlight: Heribert von Reiche

Longtime Berlin docent Heribert von Reiche shares his love for his native city with us.

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1 March 2014

Philadelphia: Five Reasons to Skip the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is more than the Liberty Bell for those wanting to delve into American history. Our docent give their list of what to visit in lieu of the crowded monument.

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