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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.

7 June 2014

Docent Spotlight: Sophie Ruggles

We explore the culinary world of Barcelona with cook, food writer, and Context docent Sophie Ruggles.

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5 June 2014

Italian Cooking Class in Rome

Step inside our Italian Cooking Class in Rome to learn about the basics of Italian cooking and cuisine.

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Of course, no Italian cooking class would be complete without a glass or two of Prosecco to lubricate proceedings. Plus of course, the requisite bruschetta--a simple but delicious traditional Italian antipasto consisting of freshly chopped tomatoes and basil on toasted bread with a drizzle of olive oil.

28 May 2014

A Monument to Immortality: Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora

We explore Kutna Hora, the focus of our new excursion from Prague, and one of its most famous sites is Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the “bone church”.

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In the 13th century, one of the monks from the settlement in Sedlec--now a suburb of modern day Kutna Hora but then little more than a hamlet--was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia. He brought back with him a handful of earth, which he scattered around the cemetery of the settlement’s small chapel. This made the cemetery a desirable burial site, which, exacerbated by an outbreak of Black Death in the mid-14th century, eventually created the need for an ossuary to store the bones of those exhumed to make room for more bodies.

23 May 2014

Anna Greenspan on Shanghai’s Future

In anticipation of her new book, Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade, we speak with docent Anna Greenspan about the city’s future.

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The Huangpu River and a sliver of the Bund skyline

20 May 2014

Ile-de-France Products: Parisians Finding Goods in Their Own Backyard

We explore the “locavore” movement taking hold across Parisian kitchens.

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14 May 2014

Docent Spotlight: Caroline Barron

We chat with docent Caroline Barron about all things London, from what books to read to where to find Roman London.

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13 May 2014

Touring the Colosseum with Kids

We sit down with docent Linda Nolan for her advice on how to bring the Colosseum to life for families.

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10 May 2014

Practical Facts: Visiting the Vatican with Kids

Visiting the Vatican with your kids? Make sure you have our handy list of tips to help make the experience easier.

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4 May 2014

Nishiki Market: The Heart of Kyoto Cuisine

To whet your appetite for our soon-to-launch Nishiki Market walk, we’re looking at some of the delicious and unusual foods you’ll find at Kyoto’s four-hundred-year-old covered market.

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You'll see nukazuke in wooden barrels throughout Nishiki Market, and you'll find them in their fully pickled form as a side dish at nearly every meal.

30 April 2014

Contemporary Budapest & the Architecture of Politics

Contemporary Budapest is the perfect place for uncovering Hungary’s political history both ancient and modern, by looking at its architecture and urban planning.

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Chain Bridge via Wiki Commons

27 April 2014

Amsterdam Beyond the Canal Ring – KNSM and Java Islands

We take a look on Amsterdam’s urban renewal success story, KNSM and Java Islands, as featured on our Model City walking tour.

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Despite being called islands, KNSM and Java together make up a peninsula of reclaimed land, constructed using a historical method typical to the Netherlands. Created in the 19th century, the islands were initially used as a breakwater for the Eastern Docklands area, before land levels were raised with soil dredged from the North Sea Canal.

22 April 2014

Vienna’s Unofficial Mascot: Dürer’s ‘Young Hare’

Vienna docent and art historian Lisa Regan, reports on the Albertina’s new exhibition, which has one of Dürer’s iconic images on display through June 29th.

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Albertina, via Wiki Commons

18 April 2014

Beneath the Crypta Balbi

We interview archeologist and docent Patrizia Sfligiotti about her time digging at Rome’s Crypta Balbi.

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The Crypta Balbi

18 April 2014

Istanbul’s Incredible Markets

Our food docent, Renan Yucel, takes us on a journey through the sights, sounds and smells of Istanbul’s incredible markets.

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"Hünnap" is a fruit that is used in Ottoman Palace cuisine, originally from Syria. It's season is from the end of September. After October you can still find dried hünnap. Hünnap is used in Turkish cuisine as a snack; we eat it with tea especially after dinner. Fresh Hünnap can also be used to make jam.

16 April 2014

New Experience, Walk with a Flytographer

Read more about our new partnership with Flytographer in Central Europe!

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