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7 March 2014

Royal Rivalry: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis

France is famous, or perhaps infamous, for being a country of passion and heartbreak, of dangerous liasons and romantic rifts. We take you behind the scenes of one of the most scandalous and torrid tales of the 16th century.

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3 March 2014

Mapping Tokyo’s Culture and Cafes

We give a little background on Tokyo’s fascinatingly unique cafe culture and suggest some places to stop on your next trip.

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1 March 2014

Philadelphia: Five Reasons to Skip the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is more than the Liberty Bell for those wanting to delve into American history. Our docent give their list of what to visit in lieu of the crowded monument.

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25 February 2014

5 Venetian Painters You Need To Know

We’ve asked art historian Susan Steer to share the 5 Venetian painters you should know before your next visit to the lagoon.

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Giandomenico Tiepolo, Peasant family at table, 1757

18 February 2014

10 Favorite Books Set in Beijing

Looking to learn more about Beijing’s history? Discover our top ten books about China’s capital city.

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Sophie Friedman  |  4 Comments

Midnight in Peking

15 February 2014

Beyond Fellini: 4 Italian Directors to Know

Cinema is one of the greatest ways to understand a culture. Docent Elisabetta Lodoli shares the Italian directors to know aside from Fellini.

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Emily Knight  |  2 Comments

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12 February 2014

Romantic Passageways of Paris

The unique covered passageways of Paris are a perfect place for a romantic stroll, in the chilly month of February.

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Lily Heise  |  2 Comments

Passage de l’Ancre (223 rue Saint-Martin - 30 rue Turbigo 75003)

10 February 2014

Docent Spotlight: Flavie Thomas

We chat with Paris docent Flavie Thomas about what it’s like to lead family walks in the French capital.

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8 February 2014

Top Three Artworks for Families at the Prado

We discover the top Three Artworks for families at the Prado museum in Madrid with docent and art historian Alma Cross.

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30 January 2014

How to Visit Schönbrunn Palace with Kids

Schönbrunn Palace is Vienna’s most visited tourist attraction. We show you how to make it work with your kids!

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25 January 2014

Ringing in the Year of the Horse

As we begin the Year of the Horse, we share some history and background on how Chinese New Year is celebrated in China.

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17 January 2014

Welcome to 2014

Co-founder and owner Paul Bennett talks a bit about what’s in store for Context Travel in 2014.

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14 January 2014

Understanding Spanish Sherry

Context docent and sommelier Preston Mohr shares the process and subtleties of Spanish Sherry, one of the most misunderstood wines of the world.

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5 January 2014

Papal Crest Symbolism in Rome

Ever wondered why the grand Palazzo Barberini is decorated with bees? We share the secrets of Papal Crests in Rome.

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27 December 2013

Roscón de Reyes: A cake made for a King (or Queen)!

In Spain, the Christian holiday Epiphany (January 6) is fêted with flair. Our Spain specialist explains the tradition of the Roscón de Reyes.

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13 December 2013

Where does Santa come from? St. Nicholas in Central Europe

Where does Santa come from? We share the history behind St. Nicholas in Central Europe

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Krampus and Saint Nicholas visit a Viennese home in 1896