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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...
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...
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...
Another view/bite: a Renaissance German on Turkish food

Another view/bite: a Renaissance German on Turkish food

“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.“Another view” is a likewise occasional series of posts presenting the sites and areas we see on our travels through the eyes of writers. From the great ancient...
Another view: a 16th century English tourist in Istanbul

Another view: a 16th century English tourist in Istanbul

“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. Sir, considering the goodnesse of your Nature which is...
Another view: "The key to everything" - Goethe in Sicily

Another view: “The key to everything” – Goethe in Sicily

“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. Do you know the land where lemon blossom grows?...
Another view: Francis Beaufort describing Bodrum in 1812

Another view: Francis Beaufort describing Bodrum in 1812

“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. It seems generally agreed that Bodroom occupies the place...
Another view: Pausanias - the Father of Guidebooks

Another view: Pausanias – the Father of Guidebooks

“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. Most appropriately, we start the series with an appreciation...
Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2014

Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2014

It’s December already… Festive motifs decorate shops and even websites, chocolate Santas are on the shelves (actually, where I am writing from, that same figure is identified as Saint Vasilios) and seasonal music is hard to avoid – in other words, we’re approaching Christmas rapidly. Surely, everyone among our readers has his or her own...
Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, 2013

Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, 2013

Christmas will be upon us very soon, with only two weeks left until it is time to give – and hopefully also to receive – gifts. Maybe you are still looking for inspiration as to what to give to a friend or loved one who is fascinated by the Ancient World, or who loves Turkey,...
Herodotus

Herodotus

Have you ever read the Histories by Herodotus?  Here’s a text about why and how you should (and also about what I got for Christmas)… It’s off-season and  at Peter Sommer Travels we are busy with winter tasks: administration and planning, but also research for new tours or to update existing ones. Apart from the...