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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

7 September 2014

Secrets of the Samurai: Five Surprising Facts

Our of list of five intriguing secrets of the iconic samurai.

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Samurai during the Boshin War period 1860s, via Wikimedia Commons

3 September 2014

Best Hotels on the Bosphorus for a Unique Stay in Istanbul

Giving one of the best, and most historic, views in Istanbul. We give our picks for the top hotels along the Bosphorus.

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Penthouse balcony of the House Hotel Bosphorus, photo courtesy of House Hotels

30 August 2014

Excursions from Paris: 5 Offbeat Things to Do in Lyon

Five useful tips on exploring offbeat Lyon, UNESCO Heritage city, gastronomic center and second largest city of France.

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24 August 2014

Best Tokyo Daytrips

Looking to get out of Tokyo’s urban bustle? We have three daytrips that do the trick.

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The Great Buddha of Kamakura © Yoshikazu Takada

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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Amphitheater, Pompeii

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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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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