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Robin Cormack, a Byzantine art historian exploring Asia

Prof Robin Cormack is often on board Aegean Odyssey and we love his company and lectures. The post below is however not from his usual travels around the Byzantine sites in the Mediterranean, but from our journey from Southeast Asia to Egypt in March. Read below about the various ‘iconic’ sites and images he encountered along the way, as well as his fascinating reflections on the worlds of Hinduism and Ancient Greece & Rome. —- “Starting at Singapore on 9 …

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“There once was a girl called Exell”

As many of you know we have regular guest lecturers and one of our most entertaining is Dr Karen Exell, an Egyptologist who has cruised with us previously in the Middle East. I saw Karen speak on her first cruise in 2010, where she gave a lecture on how film and TV has influenced our perceptions of the ancient Egyptian culture. At times like this I wish we recorded our lectures for Youtube as it was excellent! Here is her …

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From India to Sri Lanka – Isla & Julian experience their first cruise

Voyages to Antiquity is continually looking to enhance its lecture series with new guest speakers. Last year we met husband and wife actors/writers, Isla Blair and Julian Glover, well known from films and TV productions. When asked, both jumped at the chance to join our India-Sri Lanka cruise as lecturers. At the time Isla had recently published a book on her early life spent on an Indian tea plantation – and hence was perfectly placed to pass on some of …

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“A Slow Cruise to Burma”, by Dr Antoinette Mannion

From our various tweets and blog posts, you will have noticed that Burma has proven to be ‘a big hit’ with guests and our expert lecturers. Just before Christmas, we sailed a 14 night voyage from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Burma. We were pleased that Dr Antionette Mannion, one of our guest lecturers thoroughly enjoyed her cruise, especially Burma and has shared her experiences in the blog post below. Enjoy! ————– “In early December 2012, the grey skies of …

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Explore India and Egypt… and learn to paint, too!

As part of the continued enhancement to our lecture programme, we are looking forward to welcoming Kevin Dean, a professional artist and designer, onto Aegean Odyssey next month. Kevin is a highly acclaimed artist who has illustrated numerous books, designed textiles and wallpapers, and worked with leading retailers, publishers and museums. His most famous commission is the floral artwork that adorns the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque in Abu Dhabi. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and in March …

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Part 1: “A Cruise? Me on a Cruise?” by Ray Hale, naturalist

Enrichment cruising covers a wide variety of topics from history and archaeology to art and sculpture. We are well known for our cultural cruises visiting amazing sites like Pompeii and Ephesus, as well as little known treasures which may be less familiar. When we were planning our Far East programme nearly two years ago, we knew that nature would also play an important part in these magical cruises. The wonderful blog below is from Ray Hale, a wildlife expert who …

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Moments which take your breath away – The Phi Phi Islands

Dr Sinharaja Tammita -Delgoda joined our Singapore and Burma, Land of Contrasts cruise at the end of 2012. Most of the other guest bloggers have focused on the awe-inspiring nature of Burma, but for this piece, the Doctor focused on the life around the Phi Phi Islands as well as the people he met on his cruise. His blog below is one of the most charming we have received from our guest lecturers and more surprising, as he is specialist …

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I wish I could spend a year on board – just to get through all the marvellous books!

In this final part of Victor Sonkin’s diary from the Black Sea, he travelled around the western part of the coast, taking in more of Ukraine as well as Bulgaria. As well as comprehensive itineraries, Victor and his wife Sasha were able to take in some of the other lectures on board as well as enjoying the facilities on Aegean Odyssey. ———– 3. Sevastopol – Odessa – Nessebar – Istanbul Pushkin was the subject of my last lecture, which proved …

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From Batumi to Yalta – Part 2 of Victor Sonkin’s Cruise

In this second part of Victor’s blog from his Black Sea cruise, Victor and his wife Sasha sailed along the northern coast visiting some of the major sites including Yalta and Odessa, important for their Classical history as well as more modern 20th century history in addition to Sochi in the east, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics. ——————- 2. Batumi – Sochi – Feodosia – Yalta “Batumi is the capital city of Adjara, the autonomous region of Georgia. …

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Cruising the Black Sea with Dr Victor Sonkin – Part One

Dr Victor Sonkin joined us in July this year, when we cruised around the Black Sea to Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria and Turkey. This is one of our most popular voyages and sells out quite early each year. As a Russian academic, Victor brought a very different perspective to this cruise which was appreciated by us all. This was his first time as guest lecturer with Voyages to Antiquity and gave us an intriguing and comprehensive overview of the Russian …

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