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...

Heaven in Helsinki

May 25th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Stretched across inlets and islands of the Baltic, Finland’s capital offers a wealth of interesting sights for the music lover and cultural traveller. Tour leader Robert Veel explores some of Helsinki’s best attractions. Helsinki is not one of Europe’s ancient capitals. There are no Roman ruins, no medieval monasteries and...

Havana’s factory of cool – The Cuban Art Factory

Mar 28th, 2018 | Dr Stephen Wilkinson

Academy Travel tour leader Stephen Wilkinson visits an art gallery with a difference… The taxi trundles down a potholed street in a dimly lit industrial area of the Havana suburb of Vedado. In the distance, a factory chimney looms into view, illuminated by an electric blue search light. We can...

Nine things to do in New York City just off the main trail

Nov 17th, 2017 | Dr Matthew Laing

We all know about the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but what about the Fraunces Tavern or Sagamore Hill? Academy Travel tour leader Dr Matthew Laing used his comprehensive knowledge of New York’s history, his love of modern art and design and his fondness for a...

Finding tranquility in modern Japan

Oct 31st, 2017 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Japan today is virtually a synonym for hyper-modernity: the Tokyo prefecture alone has a population of over 13 million, for example. Millions of readers worldwide enjoy fast-paced Japanese comics (manga), with their zany, misfit characters and supernatural plots. And the nation’s GDP – the world’s third largest – stands at...

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