Travel Pursuits

The Splendour of Russia Through an Artist’s Eyes

The Splendour of Russia Through an Artist’s Eyes

One heavy step, then another. Straps across their chests, they pull. It’s Russia, 1869. In Repin’s Barge Haulers on the Volga, you can feel the heat and the workers’ exhaustion. If you look closely, you’ll notice a steamship on the horizon; this back-breaking labour is no longer necessary. Like Dickens […]

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Southern Exposure: Reading Flannery O’Connor in Savannah

Southern Exposure: Reading Flannery O’Connor in Savannah

The 2019 Travel Pursuits season opens with one of our most popular trips, Mystery and Manners: Flannery O’Connor in Savannah. Mystery and manners—that’s a funny kind of name for a trip, you may be thinking. Maybe you’re envisioning genteel lady detectives, or lighthearted satire set in elegant Southern drawing rooms. […]

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Everything’s Coming Up van Gogh

Everything’s Coming Up van Gogh

For those of you who, like me, read everything on Vincent van Gogh you can get your hands and eyes on, there are several recent works you may enjoy, from books to films to art exhibits. First is Bernadette Murphy’s 2016 work Van Gogh’s Ear. Scrupulous as to details, research […]

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On Food and Friendship: Anthony Bourdain Tribute, Part 2

On Food and Friendship: Anthony Bourdain Tribute, Part 2

[Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the role food has played on Classical Pursuits trips as we remember the formidable, exuberant Anthony Bourdain. Enjoy!] By Ann Kirkland Unlike so many, I came late to the charms of Anthony Bourdain. It was when I heard he would […]

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On Food and Friendship: Anthony Bourdain Tribute, Part 1

On Food and Friendship: Anthony Bourdain Tribute, Part 1

[Editor’s note: This is first in a series on the role food has played on Classical Pursuits trips as we remember the formidable, exuberant Anthony Bourdain. Enjoy!] By Nella Cotrupi Often, it is the most modest of food that creates the ambience for friendships to bloom and take root. During […]

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Why Walk the Camino de Santiago?

Facade of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

by Classical Pursuits founder and longtime walker Ann Kirkland For some, walking is a time-wasting and arduous chore when there are so many faster ways to get from A to B. And days-long hiking is a pointless and punishing undertaking. For others, the idea of a pilgrimage smacks of self-denying […]

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Beyond “In Flanders Fields”: Seeing WWI Poetry Anew

Beyond “In Flanders Fields”: Seeing WWI Poetry Anew

What happens when large numbers of literate soldiers are “plunged into inhumane conditions?” (1) World War I was the first global conflict in which (with some exceptions) most soldiers could read and write. The result was an outpouring of novels, memoirs, plays, songs, and above all, poetry. More than 2,000 […]

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That Golden Sun Still Shines: A San Francisco Love Story

That Golden Sun Still Shines: A San Francisco Love Story

What happens when you love a city but it doesn’t love you back? Local writers had gathered in San Francisco’s Make-Out Room, with its Saturday-Night-Fever-meets-natural-history-museum vibe, to read their stories about a city that, by many accounts, was losing its unique spirit. San Francisco has attracted adventurers, eccentrics, and strivers […]

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Travel Pursuits Poland: The Best-Laid Plans

Travel Pursuits Poland: The Best-Laid Plans

Adjacent to Kraków sits Nowa Huta, an in-your-face proletarian antithesis to the medieval and Renaissance architecture found in Poland’s hub of intellectual and artistic expression. Begun in 1947, and funded by the Soviet Union, Nowa Huta is considered one of the finest examples of deliberate social engineering in the world. […]

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Newfoundland History 101

Newfoundland History 101

[We invite you to join us for a Travel Pursuit very close to Ann’s heart: In Search of the Newfoundland Soul, in August 2017. What’s in store for you in Newfoundland? Read on to find out!] What do you think of when you think of Newfoundland?    Because of the musical […]

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