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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.

18 January 2015

Disembarking in Venice: How to Reach the Center

Arriving in Venice by cruise? We’ve put together a guide on how to make your way into the center from the different terminals in Venice.

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15 January 2015

Staff Spotlight: Petulia Melideo

We learn more about the people behind Context with our staff spotlights. First up is Petulia Melideo, who has been with us since 2004.

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Petulia and Context co-founder Paul Bennett, enjoying our MOMA Seminar led by Prof. Ara Merjian in 2010.

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

2 January 2015

Around the World with Art Nouveau

We survey our docents about their favorite Art Nouveau buildings to show how this truly international style left a lasting legacy across the globe.

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Barcelona - Palau de la Música

24 December 2014

A Sweet Neapolitan Christmas

Get ready to enjoy the rich Neapolitan Christmas tradition by exploring the city’s most delicious Holiday season treats.

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Dolci napoletani

18 December 2014

The Perfect Gift: Artisanal Jewelry in Rome

Docent Theresa Potenza shares some tips on how to find Roman artisanal jewelry for the perfect holiday gift.

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13 December 2014

Spicing Up Christmas Day in London

This guest post from Victoria of One Dish Closer helps you pick an alternative Christmas meal in London.

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Curry at Red Fort

9 December 2014

Hanukkah in Budapest

Our docent and Jewish culture expert Kata Vincze takes us on a journey through Hanukkah in the Hungarian capital.

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7 December 2014

Insider Guide: Christmas Markets in Central Europe

Our local experts offer the inside story of Central Europe’s best Christmas Markets.

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Courtesy Wien Info

2 December 2014

Seasonal Cocktail Tips with Forest Collins

Paris-based cocktail expert Forest Collins shares her advice for the perfect holiday cocktail and the special recipe made specially for Context!

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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

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

17 November 2014

Docent Spotlight: Art Historian Lora Sariaslan

We chat with Amsterdam docent Lora Sariaslan about art and life in the city.

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Lora Sariaslan photo 2014

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