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Egypt Tours: Temple Of Hatshepsut In Luxor (4K)

A walking tour of Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir el Bahari) in Luxor, Egypt. Filmed in January 2022.

The Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Located opposite the city of Luxor, it is considered to be a masterpiece of ancient architecture. Its three massive terraces rise above the desert floor and into the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari. 

Exhibitions: 19th Century European & American Art At The Denver Art Museum

The department of European and American Art Before 1900 oversees a collection that includes more than 3,000 artworks and is composed of painting, sculpture, and works on paper, with significant strengths in early Italian Renaissance, 19th century French painting, and British art from 1400 to 1900.

The Denver Art Museum began acquiring notable examples of European art as early as the 1930s, with donations from Samuel H. Kress, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, and the Havemeyers, to name a few. Their generosity helped initiate a collection that grew in time through gifts and purchases.

Tours: English Writer Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Combe Florey House’ In Somerset

In the depths of Somerset, near the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Exmoor National Park, you’ll find Combe Florey House

It’s a regal 18th century Elizabethan manor house, composed of red ashlar sandstone (in the style of renowned architect James Gibbs) that has some of the most spectacular views over the surrounding luscious green countryside we’ve come across.

A manor house has been on the site for many centuries, but the previous building was destroyed in the Civil War, and the present 17th century house was extensively remodelled by William Frauncies in 1730. The property was sold to the Perring family in 1799 and sold again in 1896 to the Batchelor family before being purchased by the writer Evelyn Waugh as his family home in 1956.

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Travel Tours: Namibia In Southwest Africa (4K)

Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek’s Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes.

Exhibits: ‘Philip C. Curtis – Landscapes of Arizona’ (Phoenix Art Museum)

Philip C. Curtis saw the desert through a lens of magic realism.

Landscape remains one of the most popular subjects for artists visiting and residing in Arizona. Philip C. Curtis, while not known as a landscape painter, draws extensively on that subject. Curtis came to the state in 1937 to establish the Phoenix Federal Art Center under the Federal Art Project, a New Deal program. He left two years later to head a similar facility in Des Moines, Iowa, but returned to Arizona in 1947.

Settling in Scottsdale, he painted surreal compositions, with figures in Victorian costumes set in the desert. Arizona’s landscapes were a rich source of inspiration for him, and while his canvases do not portray any recognizable geological features, his work may be contextualized within the work of a broad spectrum of artists who came to the state. Curtis saw the desert through a lens of magic realism. This differed from Maxfield Parrish, Eugene Berman, and other artists who preferred more representational modes.

Walking Tour: Roman Ruins At Pompeii, Italy (4K)

The archaeological ruins of Pompeii, Campania, Italy walking tour in 4k. January 2, 2022.

Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore

Video timeline: 00:00 Preview 01:27 Piazza Anfiteatro (Entrance) 04:00 Anfiteatro / Amphitheater 11:00 Praedia di Giulia Felice 14:00 Via dell’Abbondanza 16:25 Casa di Octavius Quartio 20:50 Via di Castricio 23:10 Via dell’Abbondanza 24:00 Taverna di Sotericus 25:36 Casa di Trebio Valente 27:25 Casa del Frutteto 29:00 Casa di Giulio Polibio 29:45 Casa e Thermopolium di Vetutius Placidus 33:20 Thermopolium di Asellina 34:30 Casa degli Epidii 39:36 Panoramic view of Pompeii 43:30 Via dell’Abbondanza 45:25 Via Stabiana 46:35 Casa del Citarista 50:00 Porta di Stabia (Gate of Stabia) 52:20 Teatro Piccolo (Small Theater) Odeion 53:03 Quadriportico dei Teatro o Caserma dei Gladiatori (Quadriportico of the Theater or Barracks of the Gladiators) 54:30 Teatro Grande 1:04:05 Terme Stabiane (Stabian Baths) 1:11:50 Forum 1:24:50 Granaries of the Forum (Casts) 1:28:30 The garden of the fugitives (Casts) 1:30:00 Necropoli di P. Nocera

City Tours: Erbil – Capital Of Iraqi Kurdistan (4K)

I spend the day exploring Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region of Iraq. I wander the Qaysari Bazaar, sampling some of the city’s best kebab, washing it down with some tea in an authentic old cafe. I head inside Erbil’s famous citadel, before finishing up with a stroll down the buzzing Iskan Street.

Erbil, also called Hawler and known in ancient history as Arbela, is the capital and most populated city in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It has around 1.5 million inhabitants, while Erbil Governorate has 2,932,800 inhabitants as of 2020.

Travel Guide: Austin – Capital Of Texas (4K)

Austin is known for its local food, great live music, and keeping it weird. Its a great place to live and visit, thanks to low taxes and low crime rate. It’s a party town and the music capital of the US. This video about Austin is more than a travel guide.

Austin is the state capital of Texas, an inland city bordering the Hill Country region. Home to the University of Texas flagship campus, Austin is known for its eclectic live-music scene centered around country, blues and rock. Its many parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming and boating. South of the city, Formula One’s Circuit of the Americas raceway has hosted the United States Grand Prix.

Christmas Tours: The Elms In Newport, Rhode Island

The Elms was the summer residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Julius Berwind of Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Berwind made his fortune in the coal industry. In 1898, the Berwinds engaged Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer to design a house modeled after the mid-18th century French chateau d’Asnieres (c.1750) outside Paris.

Construction of The Elms was completed in 1901 at a cost reported at approximately $1.4 million. The interiors and furnishings were designed by Allard and Sons of Paris and were the setting for the Berwinds’ collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings, and Oriental jades.

The elaborate Classical Revival gardens on the grounds were developed between 1907 and 1914. They include terraces displaying marble and bronze sculpture, a park of fine specimen trees and a lavish lower garden featuring marble pavilions, fountains, a sunken garden and carriage house and garage. These gardens were recently restored.

Mrs. Berwind died in 1922, and Mr. Berwind invited his sister, Julia, to become his hostess at his New York and Newport houses. Mr. Berwind died in 1936 and Miss Julia continued to summer at The Elms until her death in 1961, at which time the house and most of its contents were sold at public auction. The Preservation Society of Newport County purchased The Elms in 1962 and opened the house to the public. In 1996, The Elms was designated a National Historic Landmark.