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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...
Meet our Team: Olivier Henry

Meet our Team: Olivier Henry

In our new series of blog posts, we are getting up close and personal with the guides, the staff and other people you may know from Peter Sommer Travels’ website and brochures, and some whom you might never have heard about before. In our second instalment, we would like to introduce you to Olivier Henry....
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...
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...
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 –...
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...
Travel Brochure 2016

Travel Brochure 2016

Is it already November? It is indeed – at Peter Sommer Travels, we are looking back upon a very busy 2015 season, and forward to what 2016 will bring to us. The brochure for next year has left the printers two weeks ago already (earlier than ever) and is now in the process of reaching...
How we gain from ancient loss - 7 examples from our tours

How we gain from ancient loss – 7 examples from our tours

On our tours and cruises in Turkey, Greece and Italy, we tell you many stories about the past. Based on rocks and walls and artefacts, these stories are nevertheless always about people. That’s the essence of archaeology: it is the study of past societies and people on the basis of their physical remains, namely the...
Another thing: here's looking at you - a ship's eyes in Bodrum

Another thing: here’s looking at you – a ship’s eyes in Bodrum

“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. Simple enough: two marble disks, 14 cm (5.5″) in diameter, each pierced by a lead spike at the centre, surrounded by a painted circle. What might...
Flora: a gallery of trees and flowers

Flora: a gallery of trees and flowers

It’s time for a gallery of beautiful and relaxing images – of trees and flowers. With the 2015 travel season just over and the new brochure for 2016 just having gone to be printed and posted (this will be the subject of another post), I’ve been sorting through photographs from this year’s trips. Of course,...
Caretta caretta - on the joy of meeting loggerhead sea turtles

Caretta caretta – on the joy of meeting loggerhead sea turtles

Sometimes, there is little to say and much to communicate. That may not work well for a blog that is usually concerned with matters of history, archaeology and art, with sites, places, peoples, contexts and – most of all – with narratives. Still, occasionally those moments occur. This post is about turtles, by the way...