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Travel Brochure 2017

Travel Brochure 2017

For the casual visitor: our new travel brochure for 2017 is being posted all over the world. It will start reaching our guests’ letterboxes in the coming days, and is be available for browsing or download on our website – you can also request a printed copy. Below, we offer some impressions, comment and analysis...
Another bite: cacio e pepe - an essential Roman pasta dish

Another bite: cacio e pepe – an essential Roman pasta dish

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. A few weeks from now, our first ever tour of Rome will take place, as always led by extraordinarily well-informed expert guides. The inauguration of Exploring Rome...
Amorgos Chora, a Cycladic island's "capital village"

Amorgos Chora, a Cycladic island’s “capital village”

A few weeks ago, I showed my guests on “Cruising to the Cyclades” around Amorgos Chora, one of the most beautiful traditional settlements in the Cyclades. I do so every year, but our visit was especially memorable because it was the first time we had the opportunity to show a group around in September. Our...
Another bite: stifado - Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

Another bite: stifado – Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

It’s been a while since we’ve given you a recipe. To make up for it, here’s a classic version of stifado, one of the most emblematic dishes in all of Greek cuisine – and one that is now rarely found well-made, although it is really not difficult. Stifado is a succulent slow-cooked stew of meat...
The History of Croatia - a summary

The History of Croatia – a summary

Peter Sommer Travels has recently announced its first ever tour in Croatia: Cruising the Coast of Dalmatia, an expert-led trip. Like all our tours, it is the outcome of careful and painstaking preparation. We make sure that the things and places we show you are the best, most informative or most beautiful there are in...
Exploring Siracusa - language, history and gastronomy

Exploring Siracusa – language, history and gastronomy

Siracusa is a city of one name and many names: Syrakousai in ancient Greek, Syracusae in Latin, Syracuse in English, Sarausa or Seragusa in the Sicilian dialect and Siracusa in modern Italian. These variations reflect the city’s long and changing history and they are a pointer towards her fascinating character. In Europe, if a city has...
Another thing: a game of glass and iron - the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

Another thing: a game of glass and iron – the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. What are we showing you this time? Can you guess what this is? At face value, it is just a collection of rather unprepossessing items: four...
On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

Tis time to sail – the swallow’s note is heard, Who chattering down the soft west wind is come, The fields are all aflower, the waves are dumb Which erst the winnowing blast of winter stirred. Maybe it’s a little too early in the year for this sentiment? The poem is by a fairly obscure...
Another thing: a lot of things - Minoan pots from Phaistos

Another thing: a lot of things – Minoan pots from Phaistos

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. A lot of pots! Surely, you may think, this post is not going to describe all of them? Too much pottery! Not to worry, I am...
Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Another year has nearly run its course and once again the winter celebrations of various denominations and articulations have begun (or summer ones, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). Like every year, I am stealing a little time on (or near) Christmas Day to reflect on some aspect of that context and perhaps...
Another thing: a local triumph? The Pompeii amphitheatre fresco

Another thing: a local triumph? The Pompeii amphitheatre fresco

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. Each post in the “another thing” series so far has been devoted to an item for its inherent interest, as the introduction above promises. Up to...
Another view: Then as now, longing, 2600 years ago - Sappho

Another view: Then as now, longing, 2600 years ago – Sappho

“Another view” is an occasional series of posts presenting the sites and areas we see on our travels through the eyes of writers. From the great ancient sources via travellers of recent centuries to contemporary literature, it aims to reveal different perspectives across space and time. This series of posts is normally about travel and...