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...

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...

Mid-century modernism in the most unexpected place

Jul 26th, 2018 | Stuart Barrie

Travellers on our tours to New York over the past 12 months have been enjoying the latest smash-hit Broadway musical, Come From Away, which tells the story of the role played by Gander, Newfoundland, and its international airport (IATA code: YQX), in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks of...

Singapore gets its art groove

Jun 29th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Observing the restless, ever-changing nature of post-war Berlin, former French culture minister Jack Lang once famously remarked, “Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin”. The same could be said of Singapore. Even in the context of breakneck development in many Asian countries, the tiny island nation stands out...

Portugal: Secrets Unveiled

Jun 6th, 2018 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Portugal’s status as a minor European power today belies its former greatness as the administrator of a huge empire, stretching from Brazil to Macau. Gaining independence from Spain in 1139, this outward-looking kingdom fomented the Age of Discovery; its fleets discovering the New World under Christopher Columbus in 1498 and...

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