On the Trail of the Shakers in New England

May 15th, 2019 | Dr Matthew Laing

Down the lonely country roads of rural New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine are the quaint remnants of a simpler past immortalised in American imagery for generations. Gambrel roofed red barns, simple white-steepled churches, white picket fences, and classically unornamented colonial houses. Though few realise it today, much of this iconic...

Nine Masterpieces in the Northeast, and How they Got There

Dec 14th, 2018 | Dr Matthew Laing

Though far younger than their European contemporaries, the great American art galleries of the Northeast have amassed collections of art that rival anything to be found in the Old World. The American tradition of philanthropic bequests, an insatiable curiosity with the art of the European masters, prescient predictions about the...

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...

Single Supplements: Fair or Unfair?

Apr 11th, 2018 | Stuart Barrie

There are few things more annoying than paying for something, thinking that other people are paying less for exactly the same thing. The single supplement, an additional payment that single travellers pay for joining a group tour, seems designed to penalise those who, by choice or through circumstances, choose to...

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...

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