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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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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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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

1 November 2014

Uncovering El Raval, Barcelona’s Gentrifying Neighborhood

Docent and architectural historian Celia Marin shares some interesting facts about El Raval, Barcelona’s former bohemian center and red light district, now one of the city’s most up-and-coming districts.

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25 October 2014

Four Greek Myths to Know Before Visiting Athens

Our top four Greek myths and the sites that tie in to them in Athens.

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Erechtheion, from the south; via Wiki Commons

23 October 2014

Rome Beyond the Historic Center

These neighborhoods give you 5 great reasons to leave Rome’s historic center and explore.

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Villa Doria Pamphilj, Monteverde. Photo Tom Rankin

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

16 October 2014

Practical Facts: Traveling Central Europe by Train

Quick, easy, and well-connected, train travel through Central Europe is one of the best ways to move from city to city.

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13 October 2014

Insider Tips for Exploring Tango in Buenos Aires

Afew of our tango docents reveal some of the secrets to embarking into tango culture in Buenos Aires on your own.

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