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Travel Hints for Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s reputation as a capital of liberality is well earned and stretches back to the early seventeenth-century, when it was the centre of a trading empire that stretched from Japan to Brazil, and home to artists such as Rembrandt and the refuge of philosophers such as Locke, Descartes and Leibniz. Go beyond the clichés of windmills and kitsch as we explore the history and culture of this great city and its surrounds. [More]
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The History and Archaeology of Myanmar (Burma)

This course will be of interest to people considering joining the WEA annual Myanmar exploration, people considering visiting Myanmar independently, or anyone seeking some insider knowledge about the ancient and modern history of this emerging democracy and former military dictatorship. COURSE OUTLINE From 42,000,000 years ago until yesterday: your basic potted history, a review of the archaeology of Myanmar until recent times. That “Golden Land” promise of the travel brochures... [More]
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Undiscovered Athens

Greece, the southernmost country on the European mainland, is the ultimate summer experience for tourists. Tourists usually spend no more than 2 days in Athens before moving on. There is, however, an unknown Athens. This course will introduce the potential traveller to the Ancient Agora, the Antiques Market Place, Old Parliament House and the Numismatic Museum. COURSE OUTLINE The Ancient Agora in the Plaka area of Athens – The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known... [More]
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Barcelona Nights (and Days)

The Catalonian Capital is not only the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean, but a vibrant economic hub, steeped in over two thousand years of history and is one of the major tourism destinations in Europe. The city hosted Columbus, Picasso and the Olympic Games, surrounded by mountains and beaches, teeming with culture and home to unique architectural masterpieces, Barcelona offers nights (and days) to remember! COURSE OUTLINE Historical and Geographical Overview Barrio Gotico... [More]
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Splendour of Medieval Pisa

Most people head to Pisa to spend an hour or so in the amazing Piazza dei Miracoli, with its Romanesque cathedral, baptistery, and celebrated Leaning Tower. But the city has a lot more to offer, as its status as pre-eminent maritime republic of the Western Mediterranean (ca 1000-1400) ensured great wealth and artistic cross-currents with the Normans in the south and with the exotic East. We go beyond the Leaning Tower, exploring Romanesque architecture, Gothic exuberance, and the... [More]
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Travel Hints for Japan

Australians love the safe environment of travelling in Japan and their contact with Japanese culture. With a few travel hints this experience can be enhanced immeasurably. Discuss Japanese inns and cuisine, and the wonderful chances to attend Japanese festivals. Think about the timing of your visit, and which cities to visit. Tips on how to get around and get the most out of your stay including visits to hot springs. SUGGESTED READING Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan... [More]
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Six Lesser-known English Cathedral Cities

No, we aren’t going to London or Salisbury or Lincoln or Durham or even to Gloucester… tonight we visit six of the lesser-known historic cathedrals of England, and explore their architecture and their history and the history of the very varied cities which they adorn. Whether you have been to any of these places or not, you’ll get some great ideas for your next visit to England! [More]
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Undiscovered Bali

Bali has been a mecca for travellers, artists and writers since the early 1900s. Things may be changing fast but it is still one of the most fascinating places to travel to if you know how to get off the beaten track. Peppered with readings from her Bali memoir and slides from her travels, writer Jan Cornall takes you on a journey to some of her favourite places on the magical island. Meet the characters, hear their stories and learn about their culture. COURSE OUTLINE Everyday... [More]
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