Beyond Mount Rushmore: Ten Fascinating Celebrations of the American Presidency

Feb 9th, 2018 | Dr Matthew Laing

In a way that seems completely anathema to Australians, Americans love nothing more than celebrating their political leaders and commemorating their storied lives, on everything from throw pillows to carvings upon mountainsides. The focal point of this adoration has always been the Presidency. It’s a tradition that began with George...

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...

The Russian Revolution, a century on

Jul 24th, 2017 | Dr Matthew Dal Santo

This piece was first published on the Lowy Interpreter on 15 March 2017 at 15:45 AEDT. By Academy Travel tour leader Dr Matthew Dal Santo   A century ago today, Emperor Nicholas II, 'Tsar and Autocrat of all the Russias', pencilled his name to a document renouncing a throne three...

Top Ten Cultural Things To Do in Vienna

Jun 27th, 2017 | Dr Tom Ford

The once imperial city of Vienna, often described as Europe's cultural capital, is steeped in history and a wealth of experiences for the cultural traveller. With an impressive musical legacy (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Mahler are among the celebrated composers who lived and worked here), many fascinating museums...

Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Rome

Jun 19th, 2017 | Robert Veel

The city of Rome is one of the most enduring achievements of Western Civilisation. The vast range of historic sites, stretching from Etruscan pre-history to the 21st century, creates an unrivalled sense of historical continuity between ancient and modern society. The works of art and architecture to be found within...

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