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12 Dec 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History

A religious experience.

How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel in Rome?

Part of the Vatican Museums, this monument to Christianity contains some of the world’s most treasured art, thanks to a number of master painters.

The chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli for Pope Sixtus IV, for whom it was named, and it was completed in ... Read More >

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3 Oct 2019
Posted in Architecture, UNESCO sites

Pskov resurrected.

Earlier this year, UNESCO added a number of sites to its World Heritage list. Among them are churches by the Pskov School of Architecture.

These 17 unique churches are located in the historic city of Pskov on the banks of the Velikaya River in west Russia, near the Estonia border. The town is known for, ... Read More >

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29 Aug 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Travel with us

Manueline style: a primer.

On a journey to Portugal, you’ll notice an architectural style that doesn’t quite fit those you’ve witnessed elsewhere. What you’re seeing is Manueline style, a 16th-century Portuguese architecture that melds late-Gothic elements with maritime themes and 15th-century Spanish Plateresque as well as Mudéjar, Italian, and Flemish flourishes.

The style, most popular from 1490 to 1520, ... Read More >

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25 Jul 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Culture

The Inca: A (very) brief history.

On a visit to Peru, you’ll learn about the incredible Inca, who were responsible for some of the country’s most amazing sites. Machu Picchu, of course. Ollantaytambo. Coricancha. Sacsayhuaman…

Here’s a short history of the Inca to get you oriented in time.

Peru’s population can be traced back to 2500 B.C., when farmers and fishermen ... Read More >

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11 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Travel with us

Spotlight on Jordan.

The country of Jordan has much to recommend it. Its centerpiece, ancient Petra, should be on every world traveler’s bucket list, but we also love Jerash, just an hour’s drive from the capital city of Amman. Here stand the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, originally founded circa 331 B.C. by Alexander the ... Read More >

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The Bauhaus at 100.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the legendary German art school that sought to replace the fussiness of Victoriana and the formalism of Edwardian aesthetics with clean-lined, functionalism—in architecture as well as design. On a one-time-only Hosted Journey to Berlin in November 2019, we take a close look ... Read More >

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Living in Sintra.

Many travelers heading to Portugal put Pena Palace, in the town of Sintra, at the top of their “Must See” list. And while we agree that it shouldn’t be missed, there is another quite compelling reason to visit Sintra: Quinta da Regaliera. In fact, this is our favorite stop in town, and we wouldn’t ... Read More >

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10 Jan 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History, Theatre

Spotlight on Verona.

Verona, Italy, is a city of layers, where ancient Romans, medieval nobles, Venetian signori, Napoléon, and Austrian Hapsburgs have woven a rich tapestry of art, architecture, and much more. From its historic center to the banks of the Adige River, this is at once a bustling, modern northern Italian city and a living testament ... Read More >

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So Hvar, so good.

This year, Europe’s oldest public theater is scheduled to reopen on the sunny island of Hvar, Croatia.

The island of Hvar is full of historic sites. A newly-reopened 400-year-old public theater is just one of them. Croatia.

Way back in 1612, the Continent’s first public theater opened its doors on the main square of ... Read More >

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Spotlight on Vienna.

In the 1995 Richard Linklater film “Before Sunrise,” Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy flirt and philosophize as they wander the cobblestone streets of afterhours Vienna. The film essentially features the city of Vienna as a third main character.

We suggest you watch “Before Sunrise,” fall in love with Vienna, then allow R. Crusoe to start ... Read More >

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