History

Innovation – The Key to our Past, our Present, and our Future

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BY GAVIN TOLLMAN CEO of Trafalgar, Costsaver, and Brendan Vacations   “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off…

Egypt: A Must-See – Insight Staff Stories

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Can you remember the first time you saw a photograph of Giza’s Great Pyramids or the treasures of King Tuts Tomb?  Maybe you were very young and studying Egyptian history in school?  What thoughts popped…

Join the jet set on the French Riviera

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Whether you have been before or not, there is a reassuring sense of nostalgia when it comes to vacationing in the South of France. Sweeping golden beaches, charming châteauxs and picturesque coastal towns have long…

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Choosing a trip type for you next vacation is more than the age-old question: ‘beach vs city’. Do you want an outdoorsy holiday or one focused on a period in history? Perhaps you want to…

Beyond Munich: The surprising origins of Oktoberfest foods

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More than six million people flock to Munich each fall to take part in Oktoberfest, the annual 16-day celebration of Bavarian culture. Fitting then that Oktoberfest food (think sausage, cabbage and finger-licking Bavarian pastries) is…

Behind the scenes: Ardgowan Estate

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Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart 12th Baronet of Greenock and Blackhall, or “Ludo” as he insists to be called, is a man on a mission when it comes to restoring and managing his family home, Ardgowan…

The secret lives of Russia’s Tsars and Emperors

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Acting with total power, Tsars and Emperors ruled Russia up until the early 20th century. Some famous Tsars include Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Michael I and Empress Elizabeth of Russia. The last Tsar of…

The History of Martial Arts in Vietnam

The History of Martial Arts in Vietnam

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Huế, pronounced “h-way” and located on the Perfume River, is still lapped by memories of a much older world: one of huge stelae, dragon-bearing coins, moon-shaped lutes and other items that must have made the…

Islands of Venice

A Guide to the Islands of Venice

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Everybody knows that Venice is part of a historic archipelago, but few bother to strike out beyond its main island. As your boat pulls away from the grand palaces, busy piazzas and ringing bell-towers of…