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Five Great (But Little Known) European Cities - Oporto

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Course: Five Great (But Little Known) European Cities - Oporto
Tutor: Chris Pollard
Start Date: 8th August 2018
Start Time: 9.30am
End Time: 4.00pm
Res Fee (from): £826.00
Non Res Fee: £54.00 What's included?

Europe is replete with many great but little known cities. This selection will demonstrate that equally rich histories as well as astonishing cultural treasures can be found away from the familiar ‘honeypot’ city destinations. From origins to the present day the history of each city will be told. Famous (and infamous) inhabitants will be encountered along the way and naturally the architecture, art and music will be explored in some detail.

Oporto
An ancient city with Celtic beginnings and great British connections thanks to a shared Atlantic seaboard and our enthusiasm for fine wine. Oporto sits astride the Douro River leading to the city’s nickname - the City of Bridges. Portugal’s second city, Oporto’s centre is a World Heritage Site which includes a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. In addition to historic buildings there are many fine modern buildings including a most beautiful synagogue - one of the largest in Europe - and a sensational new concert hall.

This course is part of Week One of the Dillington Summer School. Residents arrive for Tea on Sunday 5 August and depart after breakfast on Saturday 11 August.    

Tutor Information

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard is a West Country man. He was educated in Devon and Durham, taught English in Spain and Spanish in Somerset. He has translated and directed for the stage and was a professional actor for three months. He lectures primarily on Hispanic matters and leads historical and cultural tours of Spain as well as leading language classes. In 1990 he set up Pollard Tours which has operated successfully for over 20 years and received plaudits from every quarter.  

Further details about Chris Pollard http://www.christopherpollardtours.com/

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