Archive for the ‘Travel Hit Lists’ Category

Travel Hit List: China

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
The famous Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an

The famous Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an

China is one of the world’s most talked-about destinations. Full of wonder, history, and culture, we can’t wait to go back soon. For the first-time travelers (and die-hard fans), here’s a taste of fascinating China:

Read: How some of Xi’an’s famous Terra-Cotta Warriors are leaving China for a while, and discover more about Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s lasting legacy.

Listen: Chinese Classical instrumental music.

Watch: Learn about the secrets to the design of China’s Forbidden City (courtesy of Smithsonian Channel).

Eat and Drink: Bird’s nest soup, anyone? Learn more about this highly prized Chinese delicacy.

Check out: A fascinating timeline of Chinese history, courtesy of the Institution’s Freer and Sackler galleries.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to China.

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Where in China would you most like to visit or revisit?

Travel Hit List: Greece

Friday, June 26th, 2009
The Parthenon of Athen's Acropolis. Photo: Flickr user roblisameehan.

The Parthenon of Athens' Acropolis. Photo: Flickr user roblisameehan.

We can’t wait to go back to Greece to sample the region’s famous ancient sites, tasty food, and lively music. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this incredible destination as much as we do! Scroll down to learn more.

Read: How archeologist-turned-forensic-architects have unlocked Greek construction techniques in their quest to restore the Parthenon.

Listen: Traditional Greek ballads, sung by Jimmy Lindaros.

Watch: What the oldest, best preserved Greek tomb paintings have to teach us about this ancient culture’s beliefs in terms of the afterlife.

Eat and Drink: Enjoy Smithsonian Journeys program manager Gloria Baxevanis’ account of a lovely meal in a small Greek café.

Check out: Coinage from Corinth, one of the largest cities in Ancient Greece, courtesy of the folks in the numismatics department at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to Greece.

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Share your memories of past travel or future travel plans to Greece below.

Travel Hit List: Tuscany

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Tuscan landscape featuring the towers of San Gimignano

Tuscan landscape featuring the towers of San Gimignano

Tuscany never fails to pleaseit’s one of our favorite destinations and we’re sure you’ll love it too. Read on to find out all about this enchanting region.

Read: A 600-year-old pharmacy begun by Florentine monks continues making traditional herbal elixirs in Smithsonian magazine.

Listen: Festa Italiana – Colorful Italian folk music from Smithsonian Folkways.

Watch: Secret message or not? Learn from Smithsonian Channel about a mysterious inscription in one of Tuscan-born painter Vasari’s frescoes– Battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana. Some believe that this fresco hides another, secret fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Eat and Drink: Get the best of Tuscany’s food and wine traditions, guilt-free! Join our cycling journey through Tuscany.

Check out: A rare Michelangelo drawing, discovered in our own collections at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to Tuscany.

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