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This website features programming information about The Ultimate Traveller presentations. The Ultimate Traveller series is going to inspire the adventure seeker in you! After attending the presentations, you will feel persuaded to find out more about these faraway lands and peoples. Peter Langer has travelled to over 175 countries and territories over the years. As a result of his travels, he has prepared new presentations to share the beauty and cultural heritage of some of the most wonderful places in the world

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

You can also read Peter Langer's letters from the road, filled with impressions, curious anecdotes, frustrations and some of the little secrets place have to offer. You will also find a page featuring a number of carefully selected links to help you with your travel plans. Here we feature a number of travel companies that have actually been used by Peter Langer personally, in addition to travel information links of a practical nature.

 

Coming in Fall 2016

We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by world traveller Peter Langer in 2016. Discover the natural beauty of our planet, the wealth of human history and explore a diversity of cultures. Experience the magic of these fascinating worlds through a beautiful photographic journey.

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

A River Cruise through Central Europe

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

This time we will travel from Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat on the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Along the way we will explore castles, medieval monasteries and scenic wine country landscapes.

We will also explore many UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as the Historic Centre of Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace & the Wachau Cultural Landscape in Austria; Regensburg Bamberg, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley & Cologne Cathedral in Germany, as well as Amsterdam in the Netherlands.


Impressions of the Balkans


Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Travelling through the heart of former Yugoslavia, we discover countries that have been shaped by a rich but turbulent history. Against a backdrop of jagged mountain peaks and dramatic coastlines we explore several UNESCO World Heritage cities, fascinating old towns and great cultural diversity.

We will see heritage sites of Antiquity and the Middle Ages; and the influence of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires on Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania.

 

Impressions of Berlin, City of Arts & Culture


Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

25 years ago, in November 1989, Peter Langer was at the Brandenburg Gate chipping away at the Berlin Wall and witnessing the extraordinary scenes of the border opening for good. This triggered a series of events which saw Germany’s federal government re-established in the city, sparking a pace of urban change unrivalled in the developed world.

The urban fabric of the city has changed dramatically in the past quarter century, however, the city’s remarkable museums, memorials, historic sights and modern buildings still are one of the main . The city’s medley of architectural styles and multicultural nature is readily reflected in the excellent variety of cuisines on offer in the city’s restaurants, cafés and bars.

Berlin is also a vibrant place where cutting-edge designs and offbeat concepts have plenty of room to breathe, with both elements especially evident in Berlin’s energetic contemporary arts scene.

 

Impressions of Poland


Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Poland has long been a nation steeped in tradition and history, although the past twenty years have witnessed such dizzying economic development that the country is starting to feel more and more like the West. Still, beneath the gleaming surface lies a culture firmly rooted in Eastern hospitality and community values, and fascinating reminders of the turbulent past are everywhere.

Discover Poland's capital, Warsaw, featuring a historic centre, lovingly rebuilt after the Nazi destruction; Cracow, a 13th-century medieval town has Europe's largest market square and Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues, situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. Nearby the Auschwitz Birkenau Extermination Camp is a symbol of humanity's cruelty to its fellow human beings.

Explore Poland's North, featuring the Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, the Medieval Town of Toruń and Gdańsk on the Baltic Sea.

Impressions of Armenia



Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Join us and explore the fascinating country of Armenia. We start at the foot of Mt Ararat in Armenia, see Yerevan, the Monasteries of Haghpat & Sanahin, Lake Sevan, the Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin, ancient Zvartnots and the Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.

Impressions of Georgia


Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

We explore Georgia, exploring its historic capital Tbilisi, the wine-growing countryside of Kakheti, Vardzia cave-monastery, Bagrati Cathedral, Gelati Monastery, the Historical Monuments of Mtskheta and Upper Svaneti, the highest inhabited area in the Caucasus.


Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Impressions of Iran - A New Dawn


Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, Room 1900

Peter had a fascinating journey through Iran in Fall 2015. He was astonished at the rapid the change the country has undergone in the last decade, in spite of the imposition of sanctions by numerous governments and the UN Security Council. The has been a noticeable change in the attitude of the common people and brand new modern infrastructure throughout the country. Peter went specifically to document many of the country's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the lecture we explore ancient archaeological sites, enjoy the beauty of Persian Gardens, explore cities steeped in ancient traditions and visit the Armenian Monastic Ensembles, located in the North. We will admire masterpieces of Islamic architecture in Ardabil, Tabriz, Yazd, Esfahan and Kashan and take a look at modern Tehran. We invite you to discover the real Iran, home of a warm and fascinating people living within an ancient and sophisticated culture.

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A Virtual Cultural Tour of Mexico

Every Wednesday from October 19 to November 23, 2016 at 12:30 AM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Did you know Mexico is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Americas? Mexico has inherited a magnificent cultural heritage from past generations. We will explore that heritage from a historical and cultural point of view, in a virtual voyage of discovery through the country’s diverse regions. Along the way, you will learn about Mexico’s ways of life, its art and architecture and its long history.

Each week will include a video that evokes the natural and cultural diversity of each region. We’ll also discuss the geography, history and syncretic nature of religion in the areas once occupied by various pre- Hispanic civilizations. You will gain a deeper understanding of Mexico’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller interested in history and culture.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.sfu.ca


 

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