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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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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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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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11 October 2014

3 Questions About the Ecology of Venice

We ask docent and scientist Luca Zaggia for his insight into Venice’s ongoing battle against the effects of mother nature.

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Our docent Luca Zaggia

8 October 2014

Discovering Buenos Aires with Art Historian Georgina Gluzman

We chat with art historian Georgina Gluzman about our newest Context city Buenos Aires.

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Context Docent Georgina Gluzman

2 October 2014

The Pendulum Swings: West Berlin’s New Moment

Eyes turn toward West Berlin, which is recapturing its reputation as a hub of culture and creativity.

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Newly renovated Zoo Palast cinema, via Wiki Commons

27 September 2014

Modernist Architect, the Genius of Lluís Domènech i Montaner

Discovering modernista architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, designer of the Palau de la Musica and UNESCO World Heritage site Hospital Sant Pau, with the help of our Context Barcelona docents.

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Hospital de Sant Pau by  Luis Domènech i Montaner

22 September 2014

Transformative Travel Experiences

Context staff relays their most transformative travel experiences and how they have shaped their world vision.

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Rome-native Petulia has been with Context since the beginning. Now living in London with her husband and young daughter, she currently managers our London/Edinburgh programs as well as helping steer our customer service team.

I was 10 (so it was 27 years ago!) and my family and I took a 1 month long trip to the US. We flew to NYC, spent a week there, and then to Phoenix and from there we rented camper vans and traveled West covering most of the National Parks, as well as cities.

I will never forget that trip, meeting people from all over the world, seeing amazing places, and starting my lifelong love for American culture and people.

19 September 2014

How to Use Transport in Beijing

We break down the best ways to traverse Beijing during your next visit.

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17 September 2014

One World Trade Center, Building without Expression

Architectural conservator Hansel Hernandez-Navarro shares his opinion of 1 World Trade Center.

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Downtown Manhattan in 2012, showing 1 WTC, on the far left,  under construction. Photo by David C Jones

15 September 2014

The Berges de Seine: A Riverbank Wonderland

Highlights of one of Paris’s recently developed urban spaces.

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12 September 2014

From Bauhaus to Futurism: Berlin’s 20th Century Design Legacy

A walk through Berlin’s fascinating 20th century architecture.

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Don’t be fooled by first impressions. Potsdamer Platz it is not just another downtown with lookalike skyscrapers, but a coordinated system of styles. While the Kollhoff Tower (in the centre) combines a visual language of American early 20th century Art Deco with traditional German peat-fired brick facade. The astounding Bahn Tower (on the right) reflects expressionist utopianism ideas of the 1920s. Image via Wiki Commons