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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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13 April 2014

Docent Spotlight: Richard Steiner

Docent Richard Steiner shares a bit about living life in Kyoto as an artisan.

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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.

27 March 2014

Beyond Glass Animals: Handicrafts in Venice

We’ve rounded up three of our favorite forms of Venetian craftsmanship as a testament to the city’s longstanding status as a center of refined, intricate, 100% handmade work.

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Medico della Peste (Plague Doctor) © Thomas Leplus

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)