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Scottish Islands - Isle of Skye

Country Spotlight: Scotland

Article sets the platform for small group tours learning about Scotland and the Scottish isles for senior couples and solo travellers.

27 Jul 21 · 7 mins read
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Scottish Islands
27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Orkney Islands

The Scottish Isles

The islands of Scotland are historically rich from Skara Brae to Isle of Skye and the inner and outer Hebrides. Learn more on a small group tour for seniors for couples and solo travellers about the Scottish isles.

27 Jul 21 · 5 mins read
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Callanish standing stones on the isle of lewis

Shetland Islands Discovered: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Article for senior and mature travellers, couples or solo travelers, interested in visiting the Shetland isles of Scotland. Explore on a small group tour to learn about the Bronze age, standing stones, peat and whisky and more when visiting the Scottish isles.

26 Jul 21 · 14 mins read
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Learning about Caravaggio's Paintings: The Definitive Guide for Seniors

Caravaggio’s Paintings Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was a leading 16th century Italian painter whose short but tempestuous life rivalled the controversy and drama he created through his highly influential art. Born in Lombardy, northern…

4 May 21 · 12 mins read
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Stonehenge

Highlights of Stonehenge and Avebury

Stonehenge and Avebury are outstanding prehistoric monuments, which are thought to date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The ancient megaliths of these sites provide an insight into the mysterious rituals, beliefs, customs and engineering abilities of prehistoric peoples.

24 Feb 21 · 5 mins read
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Discover Cairo: The City Victorious and Mother of the World

Discover Cairo: The City Victorious and Mother of the World

Article for mature and senior travellers, couples and solo travellers provides expertise about the city of Cairo, the former historic capital of Egypt. Learn about the history and relationship to the pyramids and to Alexandria and more before joining a small group tour to Egypt.

11 Jan 21 · 12 mins read
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Pennines, Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire, England in the 17th-19th Centuries

Learn about the recent part of Yorkshire's long history, covering the 17th to 19th centuries and the effects of the Industrial Revolution.

30 Dec 20 · 11 mins read
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Silk road artefacts

Silk Road Explorers - "Imperialist Villains"

The Silk Road on the most famous overland trade routes from Asia to the markets of Alexandria and onto Venice. Article for mature and senior couples and solo travelers interested joining a small group tour starting in Xian through to Uzbekistan.

14 Dec 20 · 9 mins read
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New Zealand world map

The Arrival of Europeans in New Zealand

Explore the history and legacy of early European Settlement in New Zealand. Odyssey offers small group tours for mature and senior travellers couples and solo travelers to locations across New Zealand.

10 Nov 20 · 5 mins read
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Armenia Azerbaijan Georgia

Discovering Georgia: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Learn before visiting Georgia on a small group escorted tour for mature and senior travellers as a couple or solo about the key places to visit. Understand the influence of the Christianity from Armenia, Islam and its mosques and the Ottoman empire influences, all of which are pre Soviet.

24 Sep 20 · 9 mins read
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Italian villages small group, Tuscan morning in Val d'Orcia, Italy

Tuscany and its beautiful hilltop towns

Italy, a travelers favourite. Article about exploring Tuscany on a small group tour of mature and senior travellers, couples or solo travellers. Learning about the history of Tuscany, the role of the Romans, the families of power and the artists.

16 Jul 20 · 22 mins read
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Ancient History of Jordan

Understanding Petra

Burckhardt's Journal describes the discovery of Petra. This ancient ruin is a feature for mature and senior travellers on an Odyssey small group package tour of Jordan for couples and singles. The group learn and explore Petra as part of the overall program examining the ancient history of the middle east and trade that linked all the way through to the Silk road.

27 Jun 20 · 13 mins read
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Mt Fuji in Autumn Japan

Understanding the history of Japan for a small group tour.

Article for mature and senior travellers seeking to Join a small group package tour of Japan with an interest in the history and culture of these islands. From tea ceremony to understanding Hanami, the cherry blossom or walking Japan's coast. These small group tours are for couples and single travellers.

26 Jun 20 · 40 mins read
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Exploring Paris and France by rail
25 Jun 20 · 7 mins read
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Small Group Summer School Experience

Summer School Experience for Odyssey Travellers

Each January Odyssey offers typically a fortnight of classes in Hobart, Tasmania in a classroom setting on a range of topics. The classes are small typically up to 15 retirees sharing a passion and enthusiasm for what their interests maybe. Our students are often regular attendees to Hobart having made lasting associations on our collection of Small group tours or exploring what a Odyssey program is like before travelling with us.

20 Jun 20 · 5 mins read
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Ireland for Seniors

Learning about Ireland | Travel tips for Seniors

Learn about Ireland the place before you join an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers to the Emerald isle. Our client profile is couples and also for single senior tours of Ireland.

1 Jun 20 · 16 mins read
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The Burke and Wills Expedition, 1860-61

The Burke and Wills Expedition, 1860-61

Learn on a small group tour of central Australia for active mature or senior travellers from Broken hill about Burke and Wills ambitious expedition. Suitable for mature aged couples or solo travellers.

15 May 20 · 7 mins read
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Marree

Marree and the Railway Track, South Australia

Learn more about the importance of this outback town in the settlement of Australia. Visited as part of our small group package tours for mature and senior travellers, couples or singles this is a town with history close to the Birdsville track and the Oodnadatta track.

15 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Birdsville Track

Birdsville and the Birdsville Track, Queensland

An icon of the Australian Outback. See and learn about the history of the outback both British settlement and aboriginal history out in the heat of the Australian desert! Small group package tours for mature and senior travellers couples for singles show you this often harsh environment full of stories.

14 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Fleurieu Peninsula

History of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Fleurieu Peninsula is part of a small group tour of Adelaide for mature and senior travellers seeking to travel as a couple or as a solo traveller. The Peninsula is historically important, click through to learn... It is also where you will find Mclaren Vale.

5 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Stuart

Expeditions of John McDouall Stuart in the Flinders.

John Stuart was an explorer who mapped the Flinders ranges as well as a path through the centre of Australia. The principal road from Port Augusta to Darwin is the Stuart Highway. The Small group tour of the Flinders ranges spends time learning about Stuart.

2 May 20 · 8 mins read
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Australian Aborigine culture traditional dance with body paint and hand holding boomerang

Aboriginal Sites of Importance in Outback Queensland, Australia

Outback Queensland is hiding a number of unforgettable indigenous experiences on this small group tour for senior travellers. Especially at the Brewarrina Fish Traps, and Carnarvon Gorge, for example where you can experience and learn about dreamtime creation stories, age-old cultural practices and traditions, and Aboriginal art.

2 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Old Parliament House, Adelaide, South Australia

Short history of Adelaide, Australia

The capital of South Australia, Adelaide has a fascinating and distinctive history as the only Australian state without a convict past. On both of these small group tours; Adelaide or the Flinders ranges we explore and learn about this city.

1 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Morocco

Continental Crossroads: Discover Morocco

Morrocco, ancient civilisation, blue city, white city, Berbers, The Romans, Portugese the history rolls on for this country in North Africa. Join a small group vacation package that tours Morocco. A tour of Morocco for mature and senior travellers, couples or singles over the course of the itinerary, the history, culture and landscape are all explored, from Fez to Marrakech or the Cave of Hercules.

20 Apr 20 · 11 mins read
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View of the Alps in Austria

Questions About Austria

Questions about Austria for mature and senior travellers seeking a small group tour in Europe as a couple or solo traveller. Tour director and local guide provide day tours to share knowledge about Vienna and Austria.

20 Mar 20 · 2 mins read
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Brandenburg Gate

Questions About Germany

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Germany. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Berlin, Gothic Germany, Munich or the Black forest and beyond.

25 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Temple of Concordia

Agrigento, Italy

Agrigento, Italy Temple of Castor and Pollux, Agrigento. The city of Agrigento (Greek: Akragas) has been a hub of people and trade for over 2, 500 years. As Akragas it was among the greatest cities of…

10 Feb 20 · 3 mins read
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St Basil's Cathedral Moscow, Russia

Questions About Russia

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Russia. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel across Russia to Moscow, St Petersburg, Irkutsk, Vladivostok or Lake Baikal and beyond.

6 Feb 20 · 2 mins read
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Jerash jordan

The Jerash Ruins, Jordan

Jerash in northern Jordan is noted for its well-preserved Roman ruins, one of the largest in the world.

20 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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Mount Nebo Jordan

Mount Nebo, Jordan

Mount Nebo is a revered holy site. According to the Hebrew Scriptures, Moses, who led the Israelites in an exodus out of Egypt across the desert for 40 years.

15 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

The History of the Settlement of Iceland

Marooned at the top of the globe, somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean, lies the island nation of Iceland, a land of vivid contrasts where nature reigns supreme in her most dramatic form. Iceland is the world's oldest democracy and boasts more writer's per capita than any other country in the world. It is said that many Icelanders still believe in the mythical figures of the Norse past, such as elves, trolls and fairies, which may be due to the country's literary history including its famous sagas, epic tales based on Iceland's settlement from around 9-11 AD.

13 Jan 20 · 9 mins read
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Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Istanbul, Imperial City: The Definitive Guide

Istanbul, Imperial City | Small Group History Tours Turkey For more than a thousand years, Constantinople stood as the capital of the Byzantine Empire, surviving numerous attacks and internal rebellions, until the cannons of the…

8 Jan 20 · 12 mins read
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trans-Siberian train

History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

History of the Trans-Siberian Railway The history of the Trans-Siberian Railway, a network of railways connecting Moscow to the Russian Far East, covers important events of the 20th century, tracing the rise and fall of…

6 Jan 20 · 13 mins read
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Secret Venice

Secrets of Venice: A History of Espionage

Secret Venice: The Council of Ten and Medieval Espionage The city-state of Venice emerged on a lagoon from the ruins of the Roman and Byzantine empires in the 9th century and grew to become the greatest…

5 Jan 20 · 8 mins read
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Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa area, Tokyo

History of Tokyo

A Short History of Tokyo Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, the busiest intersection in the Japanese metropolis The history of Tokyo is intimately intertwined with that of Japan’s. In this article, we’ll explore Tokyo’s history from…

5 Jan 20 · 10 mins read
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Southern Italy

Southern Italy

Southern Italy: from Magna Graecia to Italian Unification When you ask people about Italy, more often than not one of the first places they mention is the capital city, Rome, or the submerged streets of…

5 Jan 20 · 11 mins read
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Persepolis Iran

Highlights of Iran | Persepolis

Highlights of Iran | Persepolis Persepolis was once the capital of an empire that ruled a territory that covered Egypt to India. It is one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Achaemenid Kings…

5 Jan 20 · 6 mins read
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Florence, Italy

History of a City: Florence, Italy

Florence or Firenze, article provides an overview of the history from inception from the Romans to Mussolini with plenty of the Renaissance covered. Includes a list of Museums and places to see in Tuscany. Background material for a small group package tour to Italy or long stay in Florence.

5 Jan 20 · 23 mins read
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Lushan National park

Lushan National Park, China

From steep wintry peaks, rising more than 1.4 kilometers above sea level, to ancient forests and river ways, the range of scenery around Mount Lushan is genuinely breathtaking. A relatively unknown spot for Western tourists, the Lushan National Park is hugely popular for Chinese tourists. The mountainous region is littered with beautiful flora and fauna, and is teeming with wildlife, including the world's largest migratory white crane flock.

3 Jan 20 · 3 mins read
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great wall of china

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is, first and foremost, a remarkable feat of human ingenuity, perseverance and construction. It offers a multi-dimensional insight into ancient Chinese history. From how the wall was constructed, to the ideology and strategic practicalities that necessitated its construction, there is so much to learn from the Great Wall of China.

3 Jan 20 · 5 mins read
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Must see sites in Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Explore and learn more about Berlin. Germany, referred to as Europe's economic engine also includes one of the great cities of Europe, Berlin. You can discover more about this city on a long stay program in the city or as part of a Baltics tour.

1 Jan 20 · 7 mins read
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Hungary, Budapest

History of Modern Hungary

The foundations of the Hungarian state were established way back in the late ninth century, the story of Hungarian statehood is a complex one. How Hungary came to be is undeniably gripping and allows the keen traveller to further understand the rich culture of the country today.

30 Dec 19 · 9 mins read
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View of Piazza de Ferrari, main square of Genoa, Italy

History of Genoa, Rival to Venice

In this article, we will look at the history of Genoa, and its rivalry with Venice that led to several wars fought between the two city-states in the 12th to 14th centuries.

23 Dec 19 · 9 mins read
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Banjska stena viewpoint at Tara National Park, Serbia

Balkan Histories: the Serbian Story

Serbia’s history is always fascinating, often complicated and rarely without controversy. To gain a better insight into this fascinating past, read on for a brief synopsis of Serbia’s story, from its origins in Slavic migration to the present day.

16 Dec 19 · 18 mins read
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agriculture

A Short History of Agriculture & Civilisations

Agrarian history is covered on some of our small group package tours for mature and senior travellers. Morocco, Egypt, Sri Lanka, India and Australia all have had interesting roles to play in Agricultural development within their communities and also to trade with other communities. Review the list of articles and tours to learn more.

16 Dec 19 · 6 mins read
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Wazir Khan Mosque Lahore Pakistan

History of Pakistan

Pakistan, a young nation created with the partition of British India in 1947, is intertwined with the history of India and the broader Indian subcontinent.

9 Dec 19 · 10 mins read
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Venice - Ptolemy's map

Venice and the History of Maps

Venetian Maps and How they Ruled the World ‘Venice was always a frontier,’ Peter Ackroyd (2009) declares in Venice: Pure City. ‘When the empire was divided in the time of Charlemagne, the lagoons of Venice…

9 Dec 19 · 9 mins read
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seeking Caravaggio's Nativity

Searching for Caravaggio's 'Nativity': Where is it today?

Searching for Caravaggio’s Nativity The hunt for Caravaggio’s stolen painting of the nativity scene may just be the most high-profile art crime of the 20th century. One stormy night in October 1969, an altarpiece painted…

8 Dec 19 · 7 mins read
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Oberammergau passion play 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 | Small group tours Germany In 2020, Odyssey will offer three small group tours of Europe that will include the Oberammergau Passion Play: Contemporary Germany, The Habsburgs, and our Berlin tour. This article is…

8 Dec 19 · 7 mins read
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Cathedral on Senate Square Helsinki, Finland

Questions about Finland

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Finland. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Helsinki, or to the arctic circle to the Northern lights to learn how to photograph the lights and more.

6 Dec 19 · 2 mins read
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Chester Cathedral

Discovering Medieval Chester: A Thriving Trade Centre

Chester was originally founded as Roman fort and has over 2000 years of history, but it is best known as a medieval city due its well-preserved Tudor architecture and observable legacies of its medieval past. Click to learn more.

5 Dec 19 · 9 mins read
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Jameh or Friday Mosque of Isfahan, Iran

History of Mosques in Iran and Central Asia

During the Islamic period of Iran, glazed bricks were used to create breathtaking and mesmerising wall and ceiling designs in mosques. Click through to read more.

2 Dec 19 · 11 mins read
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Enclosure farming system, typical of the 19th century, in Yorkshire.

Dry Stone Walls: An Alternative History of the British Isles

Throughout the nation, from Yorkshire to Orkney, miles of moss-covered dry stone walls snake their way through the open land. You would be forgiven for not looking twice. However, dry stone walls offer an alternative route into the history of humanity in the British Isles.

28 Nov 19 · 12 mins read
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A well preserved Roman road.

A Journey Through Britain's Roman Roads

Rome's roads constitute the most remarkable culmination of its technological, logistical and bureaucratic achievements. Even a brief understanding of their history and significance can enrich your experience walking tour of Britain.

28 Nov 19 · 14 mins read
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Florence

Brunelleschi's Dome: The Amateur turned Renaissance Genius

Filippo Brunelleschi. We will look at who he was and how he came to win the competition to design the dome for Florence's cathedral.

28 Nov 19 · 11 mins read
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Bibi Khanum Mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Elements of Mosque Architecture

The word "mosque" often brings to mind not this simple prayer space, but the ornately decorated monuments built by powerful Islamic rulers.

28 Nov 19 · 8 mins read
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Egypt, Pyramids, Cairo, Camel

Uncovering Ancient Egypt: What we can learn from Egyptologists

In this article, we will discover some of the pioneers of Egyptology, the great archaeologists, excavators and linguists who have helped us explore, understand and protect Ancient Egypt and its heritage.

22 Nov 19 · 16 mins read
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Pilgrimage Routes for the Modern Traveller

Ancient Routes, Fresh Eyes: European Pilgrimage Routes for the Modern Traveller

Ancient Routes, Fresh Eyes: Nine European Pilgrimage Routes for the Modern Traveller The word ‘pilgrimage’ or ‘pilgrim’ comes from the Modern French word pèlerin, which means ‘foreigner, stranger’, highlighting the concept that the faithful is not of…

20 Nov 19 · 11 mins read
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Cairo, the old capital

From Cairo to the NAC: Egypt Builds a New Capital City

From Cairo to the NAC: Egypt Builds a New Capital City On July 11, 2018 Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi laid the first stone of what was to become Egypt’s new capital. The city is…

20 Nov 19 · 9 mins read
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Vik Iceland travel

Questions About Iceland for Senior Travellers

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Iceland Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel the Golden circle, including the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National park, Reykjavik and beyond.

14 Nov 19 · 3 mins read
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Barcelona

Questions About Spain for senior travellers

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Spain. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Bilboa, Burgos, Figueres, Zaragoza and so much more.

13 Nov 19 · 2 mins read
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Terracotta Warrior

Terracotta Warriors: History and Latest Discoveries

Travellers flock to Xi’an to walk around Emperor’s Qin’s tomb complex, one of the most famous archaeological finds in the world, the Terracotta Warriors

13 Nov 19 · 9 mins read
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Forest Bathing in Japan

Forest Bathing in Japan

Forest Bathing in Japan Much has changed since we last wrote about shinrin-yoku or forest bathing in 2017 (you can read the original article after this introduction) as the movement has gained considerable momentum in…

7 Nov 19 · 6 mins read
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Soho

Ten Things We Never Knew About London

In this article, we're sharing ten little-known facts about London. Whether you've visited London over twenty times, or have never been, we hope that you'll uncover something that you never knew before.

7 Nov 19 · 12 mins read
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The Elegant Arcades of Paris

The Elegant Arcades of Paris

The Elegant Arcades of Paris Part of the pleasure of getting to know the real Paris lies in getting off the main tourist trail and discovering its many hidden pockets and secrets. Its gorgeous arcades…

7 Nov 19 · 8 mins read
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Sicilian people

The Sicilians and their Kings

The Sicilians and their Kings While popular images of Sicily might focus on the active volcano, Mount Etna, or the poverty that led to the mass migration of Sicilians to America, forming today’s communities of…

7 Nov 19 · 9 mins read
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Dutch girl in tulip field Netherlands

Questions about the Netherlands for seniors

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to the Netherlands. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning about the history of Dutch Tulips or art restoration as they travel to Amsterdam and beyond.

1 Nov 19 · 2 mins read
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Lisbon Tram

The Golden Years of Lisbon

Successfully breaking the Venetian monopoly on spices and also cornering the African market made Portugal cash-rich. Pepper, which the Portuguese bought for two cruzados (gold coin) a sack in Cochin, India, was sold for 30 cruzados in Lisbon.

31 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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Lincoln England

Landscapes of Medieval England

This article aims to immerse the reader in the landscapes – town, city, and countryside – of medieval England, with a focus on the 14th century (1300-1400).

22 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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fez, morocco, shops

The Fascinating History of the World's Oldest Library

Al-Qarawiyyin Library and University, Fez There is something magical about the medina, or old city, of Fez. Many liken it to stepping back in time as travellers get lost amongst the labyrinthine sandstone walls of…

22 Oct 19 · 7 mins read
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Greek islands

Empires Crossing the Mediterranean: 1130-1300

As a sea connecting continents and stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to Asia in the east, the Mediterranean has for centuries been a centre of trade and exploration.

22 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Lincoln England

Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

A myth repeated about the medieval world is that ordinary people never travelled more than five or six miles from their home. In reality, this was far from true – travel was an important part of daily life in medieval England.

18 Oct 19 · 14 mins read
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New Quay Cei Newydd in Wales

History of Wales: The Definitive Guide for Senior Travellers

History of Wales The Anglo-Saxons fell to the Normans in 1066, but it would take more than two centuries before England’s rulers–starting, crucially, with Edward I–turned their attention to dominating Wales. In this article, we…

17 Oct 19 · 11 mins read
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Manchester Cathedral

Learning about Manchester's Early History

Learning about Manchester’s Early History Well-known parts of Manchester’s history include their textile boom during the Industrial Revolution and the first steam engine railway to Liverpool. But what about its precursor? Manchester saw different leaders…

17 Oct 19 · 6 mins read
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Exploring York

Exploring York

Exploring York Like a page out of a history book, the North-Eastern city of York in the United Kingdom is a Gothic wonder. This is a great day tour from London, with its rich history…

17 Oct 19 · 2 mins read
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Inverness castle, Scotland

Birth of Scotland

The Birth of Scotland In A History of the Scottish People (1560-1830), T.C. Smout describes Scotland as an isolated, wild place. “More than half the land was barren mountain,” he says, and, quoting G.W.S Barrow, adds:…

16 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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The Literary Allure of Tangier

The Literary Allure of Tangier

Morocco's Tangier, Europe's gateway to Africa, has been a haven for artists and writers over the centuries, drawn to its hotbed of culture.

16 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Victorian Women's fashion

Victorian Women's Fashion: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victorian Women’s Fashion The Young Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1842). Photographic reproduction from Wikimedia Commons. Victoria ascended the throne at the age of 18. In British history, the Victorian era refers to the…

14 Oct 19 · 5 mins read
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Victorian Britain Country life

Victorian England Rural Life: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victorian England Rural Life In this post we will look at what rural life was like on a country estate in Victorian England. Janet Sacks’ Victorian Country Life is a good reference for those who want…

14 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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British History Tours

New Discoveries about Britain's Stone Circles

New Discoveries about Britain’s Stone Circles We’ve written about Britain’s prehistoric stone circles before, but recent studies from 2017 to 2019 show there are likely more secrets to uncover about these Neolithic monuments. In this…

14 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Queen Victoria's Britain

Queen Victoria's Britain: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victoria’s Britain (Part 1 of 2) This two-part article on Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group tour especially designed for…

11 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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Caravaggio tours

Piecing together the life of Caravaggio

Uncovering Caravaggio The following article picks up on, and extends, our general introduction to Caravaggio. Here, we we delve further into the details of Caravaggio’s early life and relationships and use available evidence to piece…

11 Oct 19 · 19 mins read
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Island of Sicily

Early History of Sicily: From the Phoenicians to the Arab Conquest

Early History of Sicily: From the Phoenicians to the Arab Conquest (800 BC to the 10th Century) Sicily in Southern Italy is the largest island in the Mediterranean, separated from the mainland by the Strait…

10 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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Iran tours

The history and monuments of ancient Iran

Visiting Iran | Small group tours Iran Women visit a carpet store in Shiraz, Iran. Throughout history, Iran’s position in the centre of the famous Silk Road has seen it crisscrossed by travellers, traders and…

10 Oct 19 · 19 mins read
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Tour of Iran

Beauty and Artistry in Iran: The Persian Garden and Persian Mosaic Tiles

Guide to Persian Mosaics and Gardens | Small group tours Iran Beauty and artistry can be seen everywhere in Iran, and its philosophy and religious beliefs are reflected in the country’s public and private spaces.…

10 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Persian carpet

History of Persian Carpets

History of Persian Carpets: From the Nomadic Tribes of Iran to Europe’s Richest | Small group tours Iran In addition to its gardens and mosaic tiles, Iran (formerly Persia) is famous the world over for…

10 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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Winter in Rome, Roman Ruins

The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire The Roman Empire at its peak covered an area of five million square kilometres (1.9 million square miles) and included territories in Asia, Africa, and the Western European nations around the Mediterranean…

10 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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Queen Vitoria's Britain

England's Liverpool: Port City, Architecture Marvel

England’s Liverpool: Port City, Architecture Marvel The Beatles and the Merseybeat era, football, and the waterfront. Liverpool’s vibrant culture and rich history has more to offer than what you may already know. In 1207, King…

9 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Pargeting County Museum Clare Suffolk

Medieval British Village Life: The Definitive Guide for Seniors

Life in the Medieval British Village In a previous article, we looked at the icons of the British village–the pub and the cottage–and looked at their history and evolution from Roman and Norman times. In…

9 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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The Quayside at Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead

Exploring Newcastle upon Tyne: The Definitive guide for Travellers

Exploring Newcastle Newcastle (or Newcastle upon Tyne) in northeast England is rich in architectural wonders and steeped in history. It was an important settlement on the River Tyne during Roman times, a thriving commercial hub in…

9 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Cottages in Cheshire

British Village Icons: Definitive Guide for Travellers

Icons of the British Villages: Pubs and Cottages The British pub and cottage figure prominently in the image of a (often romanticised) quintessential “British village”. In this article, we will give special attention to these…

9 Oct 19 · 12 mins read
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Colosseum

Who were the Roman Emperors? The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Who led Rome? From the 8th century BC, Ancient Rome grew from a tiny town on the Tiber River in modern-day Italy to a sprawling empire, that spanned across most of continental Europe, Britain, a…

9 Oct 19 · 10 mins read
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Exploring Britain's Neolithic past

Exploring Britain's Prehistoric Past: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Exploring Britain’s Prehistoric Past Scattered across the islands of Great Britain are countless stone circles and monoliths. As successive waves of different peoples settled and lived in Britain, many would erect stone monuments and carve…

8 Oct 19 · 13 mins read
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Tour of Italy, Renaissance Sculpture Medici Lion by Vacca in Florence

Five Women of the Renaissance period to see on tour

Five Incredible Women of the Renaissance | Small Group Tours The Renaissance is considered humanity’s greatest intellectual and artistic revolution and stories about the period is dominated by tales of famous men and their inventions,…

8 Oct 19 · 13 mins read
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Tour of Italy, Renaissance Sculpture Medici Lion by Vacca in Florence

Key Figures of Renaissance Florence

Five Key Figures of Renaissance Florence | Small Group Tours Regarded as the ‘birthplace of the Renaissance’, Florence from 1400 to 1600 was in a religious, cultural and political ferment that was crucial to shaping…

8 Oct 19 · 11 mins read
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Tehran Alborz Mountains travel

Tehran Through Time: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Tehran Through Time | Small Group Tours Iran Tehran, Iran at the foot of the snow-capped Alborz Mountains. Following the 1979 Iranian Revolution that toppled its monarchy and paved the way for an Islamic Republic…

8 Oct 19 · 8 mins read
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Greenland

Understanding Greenland

Greenland recognises the devastating effects of climate change and continues to push for responsible and sustainable tourism.

7 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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Clothes began in Georgia | History of clothing

Clothes began in Georgia | History of clothing

For small group tour of mature and senior travellers touring Europe, this article provides an insight into the origin of textiles and fabric from Georgia in the Caucasus, to the Roman Empire and Southern Italy and Rome through to the industrial revolution of Britain.

4 Oct 19 · 7 mins read
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Gergeti Trinity church Tsminda Sameba , Georgia

Visiting Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Learn about the physical role the Caucasus mountains have played in shaping the history of the region. Join a small group tour for mature and senior travellers couples and solo travellers to explore and understand the fascinating and intertwined history of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan including the origins of Christianity. in amongst the mosques of Islam.

4 Oct 19 · 18 mins read
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Corsica

Mediterranean Islands: Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica

Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica: An Educational Journey through Western Mediterranean This article takes you on a journey through the beautiful islands of the western Mediterranean – Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica – by tracing…

4 Oct 19 · 19 mins read
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Woman stacking peat blocks

Peat and Scotland

Peat and Scotland The iconic Eilean Donan castle in the western Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by marshland and peatland. Peat is a traditional fuel in Scotland that is formed from layers upon layers of partially…

4 Oct 19 · 7 mins read
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Ottoman empire

Ottoman Empire: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

The Ottoman Empire, c. 14th-20th centuries | Small group history tours Turkey The Ottoman Empire once extended from Iraq to North Africa, from Arabia to the Balkans, even pressing to the walls of Hapsburg Vienna…

3 Oct 19 · 15 mins read
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Ottoman empire

Anatolia to Ottoman Empire: Definitive Guide for Travellers

Turkey: From Anatolia to the Ottoman Empire | Small group history tours Turkey The Ottoman Empire, also historically known in the West as the Turkish Empire, was a superpower that lasted for 600 years. Parcelled…

3 Oct 19 · 9 mins read
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Corsica

About Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica: islands of the western Mediterranean

For senior and mature travellers taking a small group tour to Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, this paper answers questions and provides the historical context of a small group tour for couples and solo travellers to the Historic Mediterranean sea.

25 Sep 19 · 15 mins read
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Taiwan - Changchun temple and waterfall at Taroko National Park

Questions about Taiwan for Senior travellers

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to Taiwan. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel.

14 Sep 19 · 2 mins read
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Paris, France

Questions About France for Senior travellers

Escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers to France. Designed for couples and solo travellers who like to explore and enjoy learning as they travel to Paris, Provence, the South or the Loire Valley and beyond.

13 Sep 19 · 2 mins read
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Brasov Romania with Mount Tampa

A Short History of Transylvania: Definitive guide for travellers

A Short History of Transylvania Once a province of the Roman Empire, Romania has three historic principalities–Transylvania, Moldavia, and Wallachia–which were briefly reunited in the 16th century before splintering again when Transylvania was recaptured by…

13 Sep 19 · 9 mins read
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Gergeti Trinity church Tsminda Sameba , Georgia

Questions About Georgia for senior travellers

Escorted small group tour of Georgia for senior and mature travellers. Learn about the history, the nations of the Caucasus region and visit Tbilisi.

8 Sep 19 · 2 mins read
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Spencer House in London

Georgian Style of Architecture: Definitive Guide for Seniors

Georgian Style of Architecture When the royal House of Hanover ascended the throne of the United Kingdom with George I in 1714, it ushered in a distinctive “Georgian style” seen in the architecture and interior…

1 Sep 19 · 9 mins read
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Scottish tours

Questions about Scotland for senior travellers.

Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland. Off the beaten track, for curious senior travellers about history, culture and landscapes. For mature couples and solo travellers. Explore the Orkney Islands, the Hebrides, Skara Brae whilst touring the Scottish isles.

26 Aug 19 · 2 mins read
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Ancient Roman Britain

Roman Roads in Britain: The Definitive Guide

Roman Roads in Britain Roads were crucial in the Roman Empire: they facilitated the speedy deployment of troops and the free movement of supplies. Later, when Roman towns began growing into urban centres, the roads…

16 Aug 19 · 7 mins read
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Opatija Croatia

A history of medieval Croatia: The Definitive Guide

The ‘unfaithful Croats’: A history of medieval Croatia. When you think of Croatia, what comes to mind? For many travellers it’s a series of vivid colours: the blue of the Adriatic, the yellow beaches of…

13 Aug 19 · 8 mins read
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Karnak Egypt

Questions about Egypt for senior travellers.

A small group tour to explore what remains of ancient Egypt. Visit Cairo, Luxor and the valley of the King and Queen plus Alexandria. A tour for senior and mature travellers.

13 Aug 19 · 2 mins read
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Palace of Versailles

Conserving Versailles: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Conserving Versailles Versailles was the official royal residence for over a century from 1682 – 1789. The splendor of the palace and the hundreds of people living there is awe-inspiring to reflect on. However, at…

9 Aug 19 · 10 mins read
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Inside the Vank Cathedral, Isfahan, Iran

Questions about Iran for senior travellers.

Explore and learn about on a small group tour of Iran its ancient history in Persopolis. Study its Mosques and the garden design. Explore Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz with like minded travellers.

5 Aug 19 · 2 mins read
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Dinosaurs, Paleontology, & evolution: 10 best books

Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Fossils: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Fossils Knowledge of dinosaurs exploded into the mainstream through Hollywood magic, thanks to Stephen Spielberg’s animated drama adventure Land Before Time (1988, co-produced with George Lucas of Star Wars fame) and the suspenseful Jurassic Park (1993) and…

3 Aug 19 · 10 mins read
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Pamir mountains Tajikstan

Questions about Tajikistan for senior travellers

Explore Tajikstan as part of a tour of the Stans that includes Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan as part of a small group tour for senior travellers.

31 Jul 19 · 2 mins read
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Lankatilaka Vihara ruins in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Questions about Sri Lanka for senior travellers

Experience the history, culture and landscape of the spice island that is Sri Lanka. For seniors who like to explore this is a small group tour that captures the essence of this island away and off the the beaten track.

31 Jul 19 · 2 mins read
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mongolia horse travel

Questions about Mongolia for Senior Travellers

Explore and learn about on a seniors small group tour of Mongolia and its pastoral, cultural and historic settlement. Visit Ulaanbaatar, catch the train to Moscow, seek out dinosaurs as part of a small group.

28 Jul 19 · 2 mins read
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Coast of Ireland

History of Ireland: The Definitive Guide for Senior Travellers

History of Ireland Ireland (Irish: Éire) is an island carved into two after centuries of subjugation, foreign domination, and various conflicts that lasted until the 20th century. In this post, we will look at the riveting…

26 Jul 19 · 10 mins read
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Exploring Victorian life

London's Victorian Architecture: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Victorian Architecture of London London’s architecture during the Victorian Era was defined by the transformation of British society, due to the rapid changes of the Industrial Revolution. Industrialisation transformed British life, leading to innovative new…

24 Jul 19 · 9 mins read
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St Vincent Street Church

Understanding British Churches: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

British Churches Through the Years “How old is this church?” asks Mary-Ann Ochota in a chapter of her book, Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape (Francis Lincoln, 2016, p. 250). In this article, we…

28 Jun 19 · 10 mins read
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Roman ruins, Rome, Italy

Exploring Ancient Cities

Exploring Ancient Cities What can we learn from exploring the ancient world? What do we take away from the wealth of knowledge uncovered as archaeologists investigate the ruins of past societies, while social scientists speculate…

21 Jun 19 · 10 mins read
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Tallinn, Estonia

Baltic State History: The Definitive guide for Senior Travellers

History of the Baltic States The term “Baltic states”–used to describe the countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania–is a geopolitical term, a shorthand to group together these three Northern European sovereign states. But though the…

13 Jun 19 · 9 mins read
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Nelson Mandela Pl. Glasgow

Glasgow; Nelson Mandela Place

Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow, G2 1QY Right in the heart of the city of Glasgow in Scotland is Nelson Mandela Place, a busy public square enclosing the shops on Buchanan Street, the 19th century St…

12 Jun 19 · 6 mins read
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India seniors tours

History of British Rule in India (1750 to 1805): Definitive Guide for Travellers

History of British Rule in India – learning for travellers This article will provide a brief overview of the several wars that were fought in India at the end of the Mughal empire that transitioned…

12 Jun 19 · 9 mins read
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Mizdakhan Cemetery, Nukus, Uzbekistan

Explore Uzbekistan: The Definitive Guide

Exploring Uzbekistan In a 2018 article, The British newspaper The Telegraph described Uzbekistan as “the most fascinating country you’ve never been to”. Decades of isolation, particularly during Soviet rule, have pushed it down the list…

7 Jun 19 · 10 mins read
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Garden of Versaille

Living at Versailles: The Definitive Guide

The Political and Social Climate at the Palace of Versailles The Palace of Versailles was a place of total luxury from the time of Louis XIV’s initial plans to the end of the French monarchy…

22 May 19 · 9 mins read
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New Zealand world map

The Foundations for Democracy in New Zealand (900 to 1945)

Early New Zealand: A Brief History from New Zealand is aptly named as new, as its history is very recent and only dates back a few hundred years. The Maori people were the first to…

23 Apr 19 · 12 mins read
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Colours of West Africa

Portuguese in Africa: The Definitive Guide

The Portuguese in Africa The Kingdom of Kongo and the Transatlantic Slave Trade The Kingdom of Kongo was a former kingdom that dominated West Central Africa in the fourteenth century (Heywood, 2009). Located south of…

20 Apr 19 · 10 mins read
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Women explorers

Five Female Explorers

Five Female Explorers and their Adventures There are many female explorers who have been forgotten or are not as widely remembered as their male counterparts–Gertrude Bell, for example, has been overshadowed by her male colleague,…

8 Apr 19 · 12 mins read
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Britain's canals and railways

Underground London

The London Underground Beneath London is another London, a shadowy counterpart still not mapped in its entirety, but in many ways similar to the London above the ground. According to Peter Ackroyd in London Under (Vintage, 2012), “It…

2 Apr 19 · 8 mins read
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Silk Road

Xi'an, the Beginning of the Silk Road: Definitive Guide for Travellers

Xi’an, the Beginning of the Silk Road   The bustling city of Xi’an (“Western Peace”) in China’s Shaanxi Province is one of China’s oldest cities and perhaps also its most culturally significant: as the ancient…

29 Mar 19 · 8 mins read
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The Viking's Woollen Sails

The Viking's Woollen Sails

Vikings and Their Use of Wool for Sails This educational article aims to help senior travellers immerse in the world of vikings before they take part in a memorable travel experience across Scandinavia. It helps…

15 Mar 19 · 7 mins read
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Queen Victoria Britain

Personalities from Queen Victoria’s Britain

Famous Personalities from Queen Victoria’s Britain (Part 2 of 2) This article related to Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group tour especially…

15 Mar 19 · 17 mins read
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Queen Vitoria's Britain

Personalities from Queen Victoria's Britain

Ten key influencers that shaped Queen Victoria’s Britain (Part 1 of 2) This article related to Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group…

14 Mar 19 · 17 mins read
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Dawn of Greek civilisation

Dawn of Greek Civilization: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

The Beginning of Human Civilisation Ancient Greece is well-known as one of the earliest civilizations that contributed significantly to human advancement. “Greece reached heights in almost every area of human learning” (Mark 2013). Generally speaking, Ancient,…

14 Mar 19 · 8 mins read
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Faroe Islands

Exploring the Faroe Islands: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

The Faroe Islands, far far away Tjornuvik village, Faroe Islands The Faroe Islands (also called the Faroes or Faeroes) is a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark, a group of 18 pristine volcanic islands…

12 Mar 19 · 9 mins read
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Queen Victoria Britain

Queen Victoria's Britain part 2: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Queen Victoria’s Britain (Part 2 of 2) This two-part article on Queen Victoria’s Britain was prepared by one of our Odyssey Program Leaders, Mal Bock. She will be leading this small group tour especially designed for…

3 Mar 19 · 7 mins read
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Castro Chile

Chile and Easter Island: The Definitive Guide for Seniors

Chile is an extraordinary country, covered every inch by scenic landscapes, incredible wildlife, and long-standing culture. The tumultuous history undertaken since the time of Spanish colonisation and on the road to a sustainable democracy has…

21 Feb 19 · 11 mins read
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Bolivia

Discover Bolivia: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Discover Bolivia The lakeside town of Copacabana, Bolivia Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America, bordered by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Its capital is historic Sucre where the Supreme Court is established,…

21 Feb 19 · 11 mins read
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Soviet Art in Kazakhstan

Soviet Art in Kazakhstan: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Soviet Art in Kazakhstan When the Kazakh khanate splintered into three hordes in the early 17th century, they became vulnerable to raids from Mongol tribes, primarily the Dzungars (dson, “left”; gar, “hand”) who formed the left wing…

20 Feb 19 · 8 mins read
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Manchester canals boats

Britain: First Industrial Nation

Britain: The First Industrial Nation In the mid-18th century, the Industrial Revolution was largely confined to Britain. Historians and economists continue to debate what it was that sparked the urbanisation and industrialisation that would change…

12 Feb 19 · 8 mins read
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Paris, France

Paris Leaders & Landmarks

Paris Leaders & Landmarks   The inhabitants of a place surely influence how it is perceived. Parisian politicians have certainly left their marks on some of France’s most famous landmarks, creating some amazing stories for…

6 Feb 19 · 5 mins read
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pont de Bir-Hakeim pont de passy

Eight Amazing Rail Journeys: The Definitive Guide

Eight Amazing Rail Journeys This article details eight amazing rail journeys that you may wish to consider when planning your journeys. Humans have been travelling by sea since ancient times, but on land, humans were…

5 Feb 19 · 3 mins read
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The Bund

The Bund: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Shanghai’s “The Bund” The Bund, a stretch of historical buildings lining the western bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China (“bund” derives from the Hindustani word band which means “embankment”), was initially a British settlement that…

23 Jan 19 · 7 mins read
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Egyptian linen treasures

Egyptian linen treasures

Egyptian linen treasures Egypt has long held a place in the imagination of curious travellers. Many of us were introduced to the stories of pyramids, pharaohs and buried treasure as children, and since then, books…

22 Jan 19 · 8 mins read
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Lewis

Islands of the Outer Hebrides: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Islands of the Outer Hebrides An article that shares some the culture, people and history of the key islands on the Western side of Scotland. The Outer Hebrides The name Hebrides is derived from the…

18 Jan 19 · 11 mins read
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Uncovering Albania

Uncovering Albania: The Definitive Guide

Uncovering Albanian History Albania sits on the Ionian and Adriatic Seas in southern Europe, bounded by Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Greece. This small and mountainous country in the Balkan peninsula had roots in ancient Illyria,…

16 Jan 19 · 9 mins read
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park Muskauer in Poland

Historic Sites of Poland: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Castles, Palaces, and Other Historic Sites of Poland Poland, situated in central Europe between Russia and Germany, welcomes many travellers eager to know more about its history and see its natural beauty. Warsaw is its capital and…

15 Jan 19 · 8 mins read
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Habsburg

Music and the Austrian Habsburgs: The Definitive Guide

Music and the Austrian Habsburgs Members of the Habsburg royal family circa 1764. Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (r. 1745-1765), Maria Theresa, Holy Roman Empress (r. 1740-1780), and their eleven children. Their daughters Marie Antoinette…

6 Jan 19 · 7 mins read
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Southern Africa Mature travelers affordable escorted small group tours

Exploring Southern Africa: The Definitive Guide for Travellers

Exploring Southern Africa Southern Africa, a subregion of the African continent, is composed of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (The United Nations geographic region of Southern Africa, on…

3 Jan 19 · 12 mins read
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Athens

Creating Athens

Creating Athens Aerial view of Athens, Greece This article Creating Athens traces the civilisations of antiquity to the rise of Athens as a city-state after the world’s first “Dark Age”. It is intended as background…

16 Dec 18 · 11 mins read
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India's Mughal Empire

India's Mughal Empire

India’s Mughal Empire More than 4 centuries ago the Mughal empire was an immensely successful empire, covering the entire subcontinent of India and reaching a population of 100 million at its peak. It is because…

10 Dec 18 · 9 mins read
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South West France.

South West France

South West France Travelling the Canal du Midi: this article will help mature and senior travellers understand the cultural and geographical links between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea through Southwestern France as they prepare…

25 Nov 18 · 11 mins read
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Small Group Tour - Kazakhstan

Exploring Kazakhstan

Exploring Kazakhstan. “Land of Wanderers” Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world and covers a landlocked area bigger than all of Western Europe. But unlike Europe, it does not figure prominently in the…

19 Nov 18 · 10 mins read
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New York City: Architecture Styles Through the Ages

New York City: Architecture Styles Through the Ages

New York City: Architecture Styles Through the Ages What makes the Empire State Building different from the Haughwout Building in SoHo? How do the surrounding skyscrapers allow just the right amount of natural lighting for…

15 Oct 18 · 6 mins read
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Hiroshima Japan

The Shoguns of Japan: An Introduction to Six Centuries of Japanese Cultural Evolution

The Shoguns of Japan: An Introduction to Six Centuries of Japanese Cultural Evolution From 1192 to 1867, Japan was ruled by military dictators called the shogun. The civil government continued under the imperial court in Kyoto,…

10 Oct 18 · 17 mins read
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Armenia, Caucaus mountains

Armenia: An Ancient Civilisation

Armenia: An Ancient Civilisation View over the city of Yerevan, capital of Armenia, with Mount Ararat in the background With a recorded history of more than 3,500 years, Armenia is home to one of the…

4 Oct 18 · 8 mins read
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Discovering Croatia's History

Discovering Croatia's History

Discovering Croatia’s History: From the State of Illyria to Croatia as an Independent State Croatia’s long history and natural beauty lure tourists from all over the world. Croatia has a very long history. Human presence in…

3 Oct 18 · 10 mins read
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Budapest

Mature Travellers Discovering Hungary

Travellers Discover Hungary Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Austria. It is best-known for its capital Budapest, the country’s cultural and commercial centre and home…

7 Sep 18 · 8 mins read
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Scottish Islands -Portree, Isle of Skye

Scotland & Scotch Whisky

Article for senior and mature solo and couples taking a small group tour of Scotland or the isles of Scotland including Iona, Orkney, inner and outer Hebrides to learn about the ancient history including standing stones to the industrial revolution.

5 Sep 18 · 6 mins read
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Paris Seine River

Guillaumot prevents Paris collapse

Guillaumot prevents Paris collapse. Modern-day Paris On April 24, 1777, architect Charles-Axel Guillaumot, newly minted Inspector of Quarries, experienced the worst first day at work. More than two years prior, in the afternoon of December…

28 Aug 18 · 9 mins read
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Castillo de Zafra

History & European Pilgrim Walks

History & European Pilgrim Walks Walking pilgrimages provide solitude and tranquillity in an increasingly busy and fast-paced world. These walking tours follow ancient pilgrimage routes, giving the modern pilgrim the chance not only to meet new…

27 Aug 18 · 13 mins read
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Historic Loire Valley

Historic Loire Valley

Historic Loire Valley The Loire Valley has been the site of both aristocratic grandeur and thousands of years of territorial conflict. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the 15th century Château de Chenonceau as…

20 Aug 18 · 8 mins read
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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Travel Notes for mature & senior Travellers

Lisbon Travel Notes for mature & senior Travellers Travellers, meet Lisbon. Lisbon, Travellers. Hello there. Olá! I am Lisbon, an elegant Portuguese city perched upon the banks of the sparkling River Tagus. Locals call me ‘Lisboa’.…

27 Jul 18 · 10 mins read
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Manchester Britain

Bees in Manchester: a surprising symbol of the Industrial Revolution

Bees in Manchester: a surprising symbol of the Industrial Revolution The bee is an intriguing symbol for the city of Manchester. The city’s damp climate provided the ideal conditions for milling cotton. But this is…

27 Jul 18 · 8 mins read
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President palace, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan; journey for the curious

Turkmenistan: a journey for the curious Brimming with a vibrant population of around 5 million people, Turkmenistan is hospitable and welcoming to tourists, despite its history of political problems. Its vast landscape is mostly desert,…

9 May 18 · 9 mins read
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Top 20 World Heritage Sites You Must Visit

Top 20 world heritage sites you must visit In a recently published list, the British Foreign Office identified more than 60 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that it deemed too dangerous to visit. Political instability in…

4 May 18 · 2 mins read
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Rhodes island. Greece

Trip to Greece

A Greek Odyssey Greece (Greek: Ελλάς, Hellas) is located in sun drenched Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan peninsula. It boasts extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas.…

5 Apr 18 · 21 mins read
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Books on Johann Sebastian Bach

Books on Johann Sebastian Bach

The life of Johann Sebastian Bach While Bach’s compositions receive worldwide acclaim, and are among perhaps the most famous and beloveds works of music, the man himself is somewhat of a mystery. Born in Eisenach,…

22 Mar 18 · 2 mins read
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Italian Renaissance Families: Mantua and the Gonzaga

Italian Renaissance Families: Mantua and the Gonzaga This blog is part of a series on five influential Italian Renaissance families that shaped Italy, especially during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is based on both…

7 Mar 18 · 6 mins read
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Italian Renaissance Families: Ferrara and the Este

Italian Renaissance Families: Ferrara and the Este

Italian Renaissance Families: Ferrara and the Este Italian Renaissance Families: Ferrara and the Este. This blog is part of a series on five influential Italian Renaissance families that shaped Italy, especially during the fifteenth and…

1 Mar 18 · 6 mins read
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Urbino, Italy

Italian Renaissance Families: Urbino and the Montefeltro

This article (blog)is part of a series on five influential Italian Renaissance families that shaped Italy, especially during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is based on both our Italian Renaissance Summer School course, and…

28 Feb 18 · 5 mins read
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India small group tour

Discovering India as a Mature or Senior traveller

Discovering India as a Mature or Senior traveller India is a land of immense diversity and extremes – geographical, economic and spiritual. Its geography encompasses the glacial heights of the Himalaya in the north, the…

22 Feb 18 · 28 mins read
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Statue of Cosimo I of Medici, in front of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Italian Renaissance Families: The Medicis

This blog is part of a series on five influential Italian Renaissance families that shaped Italy, especially during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. It is based on both our Italian Renaissance Summer School course, and…

21 Feb 18 · 12 mins read
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The History of Dutch Tulip bulbs

The Origins of Tulips While it’s often assumed that tulips have their origins in The Netherlands, they actually originated in Turkey and Central Asia. In the sixteenth century, traders brought Tulip bulbs to Holland from…

1 Nov 17 · 10 mins read
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Industrial revolution

Industrial Revolution. Britain's contribution to the world

Britain and the industrial revolution. A progressive period that spanned Queen Victoria's period. Small group package tours for mature and senior travellers explore this fascinating period of history across England and Scotland and key cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow.

9 Oct 17 · 36 mins read
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Valletta Skyline, Malta

Malta; Megalithic temples, ‘fat ladies’, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Malta; Megalithic temples, ‘fat ladies’, and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum The tiny islands that comprise Malta, set in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, are home to prehistoric art and […]

13 Sep 17 · 5 mins read
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Eiffel Tower, France

Tours of France. Guided tours of France for mature travellers

The Best Guided Tours of France Odyssey Traveller Australia’s all inclusive French vacation packages provide unique experiences for senior travellers. Our La Belle France small group escorted history tours for […]

28 Aug 17 · 32 mins read
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Lacock Abbey, Britain's National Trust

Britain’s National Trust role for successful small group history tours

Britain’s National Trust: Historic houses, gardens and natural wonders Britain is home to many attractions, many of them rich in the region’s history. Sites and artefacts are preserved beautifully, and […]

31 Jul 17 · 10 mins read
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Central and West Africa

Discover Central and West Africa: Ghana, Togo, Benin, and more

  Central and West Africa has a rich and vibrant history, that is rarely properly explored. Odyssey provides a number of tour packages to Africa, with trips that include South […]

24 Jul 17 · 7 mins read
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Tours of European Art Galleries

Guided Small Group Tours of European Art Galleries

Discovering European Masters: Small Group Tour of Dutch and Italian Art Europe is home to some of the world’s most spectacular art galleries. There are of course the titans such […]

17 Apr 17 · 2 mins read
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Ancient History of Egypt

Cairo development site reveals ancient statue

History of Egypt revealed in ancient statue found in Cairo In March 2017 Egyptian and German archaeologists in Cairo discovered a large quartzite bust buried 2 m below ground level […]

16 Mar 17 · 2 mins read
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Sphinx and Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt

The Time to Visit Egypt is Now

The Time to Visit Egypt is Now Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Egypt, the travel and tourism industry is doing it tough. Not only has inflation bitten hard into the earnings in Egyptian…

9 Mar 17 · 3 mins read
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Neolithic Burial Chambers: Telescopes to the Stars

Neolithic Burial Chambers: Telescopes to the Stars

Neolithic Burial Chambers and the stars The calendar you have in your smartphone was once written in the stars. During the Neolithic or final period of the Stone Age, skies […]

30 Jun 16 · 2 mins read
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