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2010 Tours & Cruises
Join Gail Cornell, lecturer and study leader, 
on an international tour or cruise this year. 
Experience architecture in person
and in the context in which it was built.


 




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Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 2010 
Smithsonian Journeys presents 
Pousadas & Paradores:  Portugal & Spain

 
 
An exciting architectural heritage of Roman, Visigoth, Islamic and Christian cultures is etched across the landscapes of the Iberian Peninsula. Hilltop citadels reign over ancient olive groves, whitewashed village lanes lead to Roman temples, and elaborate cathedrals and palaces bear architectural styles that speak of seafarers and Moors. Stay in historic inns called paradores in Spain and pousadas in Portugal.  In Portugal, you’ll tour Lisbon’s Belem Tower, the National Palace of Queluz, and stay in a pousada in the town of Evora, a World Heritage site. In Spain, explore the Roman ruins at Mérida, the Great Mosque of Córdoba (shown above), Seville and its renowned cathedral, Granada’s Alhambra, and Toledo. In Ronda, your paradore overlooks the town's renowned gorge. The tour concludes in Madrid with visits to the Royal Palace and the world-famous Prado museum.
 
My formal lectures on this tour include:
    •The Architectural Heritage of Roman,Visigoth and Islamic Cultures in Iberia
     •Building the Great Mosque of Córdoba
     •Roman City Planning and Architecture and the Treasures of Mérida
     •Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Alhambra's Interior Design Program




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October 2 - 10, 2010
River Life in Burgundy and Provence
with The National Trust for Historic Preservation


Explore the cultural treasures and marvel at the tranquil beauty of the legendary French regions of Burgundy and Provence on this delightful seven-night cruise along the Rhône River and its tributary the Saône River. Join me and other members of The Trust as we visit remarkable Roman ruins, medieval abbeys, romantic Renaissance castles and idyllic villages nestled among rolling hills and lush family-owned vineyards—picturesque landscapes that inspired Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne. Walk in the footsteps of medieval popes in Avignon and explore the ancient monuments of Arles. Savor the world-renowned cuisine of Provence and Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Enlightening cultural enhancements, such as a private wine-tasting in the hills of Burgundy, help capture the timeless allure of provincial France.

August 7-21, 2010 - Smithsonian Journeys in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises
Spanish Mediterranean:Southampton, England to Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, Spain
to Lisbon, Portugal to Gibraltar
to Barcelona, Spain to Toulon, France to Palma de Mallorca
to Seville, Spain to Southampton, England 

My on board presentations included:

•Know Your Architectural Styles of the Spanish Mediterranean  
•Antoni Gaudí and Barcelona's Exuberant Modernismo Architecture  
•Seville's Architectural Splendors   
20th-Century Masters and Masterpieces of Architecture  
•21st-Century Star-chitects

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June 10-23, 2010 - Smithsonian Journeys in collaboration with Cruise West
 Mediterranean Odyssey: Valletta, Malta to Sousse, El Jem, Carthage and Tunis, Tunisia;
Annaba, Algeria, Sardinia,
Ponza Islands, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast to Rome, Italy

This summer voyage combined classical architecture with ruggedly beautiful scenery, sailing from picturesque Valletta, Malta to Tunisia, Algeria, Sardinia and Rome.  In Tunisia, we explored the ancient Medina of Sousse and visited Carthage and the Bardo Museum in Tunis. We then explored Annaba, Algeria where Saint Augustine of Hippo lived, taught and wrote. We visited the dolmen, prehistoric tombs, and the centuries-old nuraghi, conical stone towers, on the island of Sardinia. The trip included an excursion to Pompeii and a drive along the Amalfi Coast of Italy.

My presentations on this cruise included:

•Mosaics, Marble and Monumentality:  Roman Art, Architecture and City Planning
•The Rediscovery of Pompeii and Its Impact on Modern Archaeology
•Design and Construction in the Ancient World:  How Did They Do It
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April 9-23, 2010 - Smithsonian Journeys - Historic Lodgings in Portugal and Spain
Lisbon to Monsaraz and Evora, Portugal and then on to Ubeda, Ronda,
Carmona, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Toledo and Madrid, Spain

 My formal lectures on this tour included:  
 
•The Architectural Heritage of Roman,Visigoth and Islamic Cultures in Iberia     
•Building the Great Mosque of Córdoba     
•Roman City Planning and Architecture and the Treasures of Mérida     
•Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Alhambra's Interior Design Program
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April 25-May 8, 2010 - The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Legendary Turkey & the Turquoise Coast
Istanbul to Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus
to Gocek and 4 days sailing along the Turquoise Coast, Myra, Antalya, Perge, and Aspendos

My formal lectures on this tour included: 

•Envisioning the City of Pergamum: An Examination of the Ancient City and Its Architecture •Architectural Masterpieces of Ephesus in Context: A Closer Look at the City's Renown Library and Residences •The Roman Theater of Aspendos: A Case Study in Roman Theater Design & Construction •Design and Construction in the Ancient World:  How Did They Do It?