How we avoid the crowds…in Venice

Sep 14th, 2018 | Robert Veel

There has been a lot written recently about the alarming numbers of tourists crowding into some of Europe’s most alluring historic cities, including Barcelona, Florence and Prague. Venice in particular has been singled out because of the scourge of large cruise ships. On a bad day, five or six cruise ships can be in port, ...

Larger than life – a visit to Gibbs Farm

Sep 12th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Academy Travel tour leader Robert Veel takes you on a virtual tour of one of the world’s great art sites. New Zealand entrepreneur Alan Gibbs has always thought big. After an early career in diplomacy and banking he made his first fortune in the 1980s in the nascent telecommunications sector, before moving on to shipbuilding, ...

Los Dias de Muertos: The Days of the Dead

Sep 7th, 2018 | Chloe Sayer

All human societies find ways to remember their dead. In Mexico, during los días de muertos or ‘days of the dead’, the living honour the departed with lavish offerings in homes and cemeteries. This is not a sombre occasion, but a time of feasting and reunion. Market stalls sell sugar skulls and figures in the ...

Takht-i Suleiman: a mysterious Fire-Temple high in the Zagros Mountains of Iran

Aug 24th, 2018 | Dr John Tidmarsh

High in the Zagros mountains, that vast limestone range running some 1600 km from north-west to south-east, essentially separating Iran from Iraq, lies one of the most remarkable (and little known) sites of ancient Persia. Concealed by some of the highest mountains in the Zagros Range and thus hidden from the European world for some ...

John Russell, Australia’s French Impressionist

Aug 10th, 2018 | Dr Michael Adcock

Dr. Michael Adcock Academy Travel Paris Tour Leader Head of History, Melbourne Grammar School The Art Gallery of New South Wales has just launched another stellar exhibition, offering a survey of the career and work of one Australian artist in all its freshness and richness. It is complemented by works by other artists that illuminate ...

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