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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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14 August 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit Budapest’s Baths

With 118 natural springs, Budapest has more thermal water springs than any other world capital. We take you through how to navigate the city’s numerous bath houses.

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Széchenyi Baths. Photo by Alex Proimos.

14 August 2014

Speaking like a local in Europe

Throughout the world, people bend and stretch their language to give it a unique and distinctly local flavor. To the…

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11 August 2014

Five Unique Hotels in Rome

We share our favorite, unique accommodations in Rome – from former monasteries to art deco treasures.

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Garden at the Kolbe Hotel. Photo courtesy of Kolbe Hotel.

5 August 2014

TCM and Eating to Beat the Heat in China

Learn a bit more about the principles of hot and cold food in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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28 July 2014

Practical Facts: How to Visit Pompeii

Our docents give the best tips and tricks for how to explore the incredible site of Pompeii, just a short trip from Naples.

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21 July 2014

From Chateaux to the Sea: Favorite Daytrips from Paris

Our Paris docents detail their favorite excursions from Paris, including unique castles, artist villages and seaside towns.

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Vaux Gardens

16 July 2014

3 Reasons to Skip a Gondola in Venice

We give you three good reasons not to spend on a gondola ride the next time you are in Venice.

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11 July 2014

Docent Spotlight: Vassilios Dalamagas

This month we spotlight Athens’ docent and historian Vassilios Dalamagas, who shares his love of his city and Greek history with us.

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Athens docent and historian Vassilios Dalamagas

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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4 July 2014

2014: 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, we examine its continued impact on the city.

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30 June 2014

Montepulciano, an Alternative Cultural and Culinary Tuscan Excursion

Culinary docent Adrienne Kovats gives us her top selections for how to visit Montepulciano in Tuscany.

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23 June 2014

Cutting Edge Design Barcelona: A Chat with Suzanne Wales

We recently sat down with our docent and design journalist Suzanne Wales, who leads our Made in Barcelona walk, to learn more about the Barcelona “school” of design, its roots and the current trends of today.

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16 June 2014

The Truth Behind Skip the Line Tickets in Rome

Many companies promise “skip the line” tickets for the city’s top sites, the Vatican, Colosseum, and Galleria Borghese. We get to the truth behind what “skip the line” really means.

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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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