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...

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...

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...

On the road from Bendigo to the Yarra Valley

Feb 21st, 2018 | Dr Nick Gordon

What goes into creating an Academy Travel itinerary? Inspiration, perspiration, experimentation and just a dash of serendipity. In 2017 Dr Nick Gordon took a road trip around Victoria to research and plan our upcoming Regional Galleries of Victoria tour. The trip started in Bendigo, travelled around the southern shores of...

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