Archaeology/History
Another thing: war and death in an early comic strip at Paros

Another thing: war and death in an early comic strip at Paros

“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 large clay pot, bearing crude drawings, made from a clay slip painted onto the clay body, showing people hurting each other, accompanied by other scenes....
Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2016

Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2016

Is it that time of year again? We have been so busy, we only just noticed. People have started asking us what we are doing over “the holidays”, British papers are discussing what is the best seasonal TV ad (yawn), Facebook has sent me a “2016 in review” video and my mother wants to know...
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...
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...
Croatia: the Coast and Islands of Dalmatia - a gallery

Croatia: the Coast and Islands of Dalmatia – a gallery

We’ve been rather busy lately, so this is just a short post, to alert our readers to some news and give them something nice to look at. The obvious question is: what’s our news?  The answer: Dalmatia! After years of consideration and preparation, we are proud – and excited – to announce the first Peter...
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...
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...
Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2015

Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2015

How time flies – another December is upon us. That song by Wham! is on the radio, as are ads full of children’s voices and the inevitable “ho ho ho”, the news sites have started their various themed reviews of the year and I’m developing an irrational desire for gingerbread and mulled wine (actually mulled...
New find: a Byzantine wine bar in Ephesus

New find: a Byzantine wine bar in Ephesus

This post is mostly based on an original press release by the Austrian Archaeological Institute, published on November 19th. Copyright for all photographs, unless otherwise indicated, belongs to the Institute/Photographer: Niki Gail (© ÖAI / Foto: Niki Gail). Ephesus is not just one of the most famous and most impressive archaeological sites in Turkey (it...
The Perils of Online Reviews of Archaeological Sites and Museums, Part 2: more peril

The Perils of Online Reviews of Archaeological Sites and Museums, Part 2: more peril

Last year, I posted on the Perils of Online Site Reviews for the first time. The post was triggered by my then-recent discovery that the website used globally by more or less all of us to assess hotels and restaurants at the places we travel to also covers “attractions”. My – admittedly somewhat morbid –...