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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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 periodsinvasion, conquest, and occupation of Iberia, and the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic presence in Iberia.