European Coastal Civilizations


Visit Belle-Île-en-Mer, France’s “Beautiful Island,” off the coast of Brittany, Caen, Normandy, and Paris on this journey also featuring Portugal and Spain.

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 The harbor of Oporto, Portugal  Symbol of Santiago de Compostela, found throughout the city and along the Pilgrims Way  The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain  The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao, Spain  The city of Bilbao set amid the Basque countryside  Lighthouse at St. Peter Port, Guernsey Islands, English Channel  Landscape of traditional Guernsey cattle   The American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, Normandy, France  Normandy's Pointe du Hoc. Credit: Hemis/Alamy  Remains of Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches  The lively port of Honfleur in northern France
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Dianne Konz

Dianne Konz

Apr 23 - May 1, 2015

A Smithsonian Journeys expert since 1992, Dianne Konz has led several Smithsonian groups to Spain and Portugal. She has taught Spanish literature, language, and civilization at the University of Texas at Austin and at George Washington University. She has also lectured and published studies on Spanish and Latin American literature, and Spanish culture. Dianne'’s enthusiasm for Iberia grew from her experiences living and studying in Madrid. Her particular passion is the integration of the cultural arts in the context of their time. She approaches art and architecture, literature, music, and gastronomy as a reflection of a country'’s history, politics, and geography. Dianne's teachings of Spanish history and civilization include the Moorish and Islamic periods—invasion, conquest, and occupation of Iberia, and the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic presence in Iberia.