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We cordially invite you to join us for a series of imaginative travel talks on faraway places around our planet by geographer and travel photographer 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.

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 hear about Peter's impressions, curious anecdotes, frustrations and some of the little secrets places 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.

 

Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The Vanished Heritage of Syria


Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

The situation in Syria is deteriorating at a rapid pace with incalculable human suffering and loss since 2010. A analysis of satellite imagery indicates that 290 cultural heritage sites in the country, whose history stretches back to the dawn of civilization, have been damaged by its ongoing civil war.

Syria’s unique cultural heritage is also subject to tremendous destruction from the conflict. To date, five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Palmyra, the Crac des Chevaliers, Bosra, the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria and Aleppo including the Aleppo Citadel, have suffered damage and destruction.

In addition to this, ancient cities, such as Ebla, Mari, Dura Europos and Apamea, amongst many others have suffered from looting, where thieves even used bulldozers and heavy machinery to remove objects from these important archaeological sites.

 

The Vanished Heritage of Iraq


Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Since the beginning of the conflict in Iraq in 2003, its cultural heritage has been the target of intentional destruction, such as the looting of the National Museum of Iraq, the building of an American base in the archaeological site of Babylon and the bombing of the golden dome of the al-Askari Mosque in Samarra.

Attacks against the culture of Iraq have seen in recent days a dramatic escalation. Following the brutal destructions of many invaluable cultural items at the Mosul Museum, the destruction of the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah and the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian cities of Nimrud and Nineveh by militants of the ISIL, the destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hatra marks a turning point in the cultural cleansing underway..

The Vanished Heritage of Yemen


Wednesday January 31, 2018 - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

At the crossroads of spice and incense routes, Yemen is one of the oldest continuously inhabited regions in the world that has now been tragically touched by the winds of modernity.

Peter Langer has travelled through Yemen in the past and has photographically documented this fascinating country and its extraordinary landscapes, astonishing architecture, historical sites and people. To this effect he has prepared a new multi-image video presentation. This show will take you on a musical & photographic journey that showcases mountains with fortress-like villages on the top of the peaks to picturesque urban settlements with ancient skyscrapers made from stone and mud, where people live on top of their animals. We travel from deserts to fertile valleys; from the shores of the Arabian Sea to colorful markets filled with the sounds, fragrances and faces from 1001 Nights, you will witness the old wisdom and the art of the Land of the Queen of Sheba everywhere.

Impressions of Iran


Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver


In the lecture we explore the archaeological sites of ancient Persia and Mesopotamia, enjoy the beauty of Persian Gardens and see cities steeped in ancient traditions. We travel back through the millennia to Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II the Great. Persepolis, a 2,500 year-old reminder of the might of the Persian Empire. See the masterpieces of Islamic architecture of Esfahan With its winding lanes, forest of badgirs, mud-brick old town and charismatic accommodation, Yazd is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran. We continue to Bam, where the Arg-e Bam is the most representative example of a fortified medieval town built in vernacular technique using mud layers. We invite you to discover the real Iran, home of a warm and fascinating people living within an ancient and sophisticated culture.

 

Impressions of Turkey


Wednesday February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Turkey is the only country in the world that has an eclectic mix of European, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. This journey captures the essence of Turkish culture and heritage: a delightful blend of art and ancient architecture. As we explore these historic lands, we can see why the country has so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Through this lecture you will come to appreciate the historical significance Turkey has played to world civilization.

Starting in cosmopolitan Istanbul; explore the ancient site of Pergamon and white marble streets of Greco-Roman Ephesus; and continue to the unique landscapes and cave dwellings of Cappadocia’s enchanting valleys. In Eastern Turkey we admire the sunset from the mausoleum of Antiochus on Mount Nemrut and breathtaking views of Lake Van and Mount Ararat.

Impressions of Armenia & Nagorno-Karabakh


Wednesday February 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

We start at the foot of Mt Ararat in Armenia, see Yerevan, with its impressive memorial to the Armenian Genocide. We will also see the ancient Monasteries of Haghpat & Sanahin, Lake Sevan, the Cathedral and Churches of Echmiatsin, the ancient archaeological site of Zvartnots and the Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley.

We also will explore Nagorno-Karabakh,which can only be accessed through Armenia. Locally known as Artsakh, this self-declared republic consists of the traditionally Armenian parts of Azerbaijan that are currently locked in a struggle to break-away. The territory has been fought over by Azeri and Armenian backed local forces but now benefits from a long standing period of peace.

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

A Virtual Tour of South Asia


Wednesdays, January 17 to February 14, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:20 PM - Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Learn about the ways of life in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.. Discover the subcontinent’s art and architecture along with its magnificent history and cultural heritage. India, for example, features the largest number of World Heritage Sites of any country in South Asia. Pakistan, much vilified in Western media, actually contains some of Asia's most awe-inspiring landscapes and a multitude of cultures with a long tradition of hospitality. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also home to breathtaking sites and scenery, and the heritage of multiple civilizations.

Each class will feature images evoking the natural and cultural diversity of these four countries, and we’ll discuss their geography and history, too. You will gain deeper understanding of South Asia’s subtleties, especially valuable if you’re a potential traveller.

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

Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

Cultural tour to Vietnam, Cambodia & Xiamen, China


Thursday January / February EXACT DATE TBA, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Central Library - Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver

Explore 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a tour to Vietnam, Cambodia and China in luxury and comfort, featuring places that are of outstanding universal value to mankind. Journey through the heart of former Indochina, discover stunning landscapes, an astonishing ethnic and cultural diversity, shaped by centuries of a rich but turbulent history. Explore the temples and palaces of Hanoi and aristocratic Hue, enjoy an overnight cruise through spectacular Ha Long Bay and visit the charming little town of Hoi An and bustling Saigon. In Cambodia we enjoy an in-depth exploration of the magnificent jungle temple complex of Angkor, which contains Angkor Wat, the largest sanctuary in the world. Our tour concludes in Xiamen, where we visit China’s newest World Heritage Site, the historic settlement of Kulangsu. On this tour you will also enjoy unique experiences, such as cooking and crafts demonstrations, sampan and cyclo rides and above have an opportunity for genuine interaction with local people..

This show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris

India as a Maharaja, a cultural tour to India


Thursday January / February EXACT DATE TBA, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Central Library - Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver

Find out about a unique11-day journey is the ideal tour of exotic India for first timers. We explore the best Northern India has to offer, visiting 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites,  including the world's best known monument to love - the Taj Mahal.  Visit Delhi with its many monuments and exotic bazaars, as well as Agra featuring the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the nearby ruins of majestic Fatehpur Sikri. Explore the pink city of Jaipur and its beautiful palaces. Enjoy 2 wildlife watching safaris in Ranthambore National Park, a renowned tiger sanctuary.

You will not want to miss the 6- day optional extension exploring Amritsar, the holiest city of the Sikh faith; Haridwar , one of the seven holiest places to Hindus and. Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the World.

TThis show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris


Cultural tour to Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania & Poland


Thursday January / February EXACT DATE TBA, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Central Library - Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver

Explore 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as you journey through 5 countries in Eastern Europe, featuring places that are of outstanding universal value to mankind. This journey takes you through the European part of Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, ending in the World Heritage City of Warsaw, Poland. Discover stunning landscapes, an astonishing ethnic and cultural diversity, shaped by centuries of a rich but turbulent history. On this comprehensive tour, you will discover beautiful art and magnificent architecture, shaped by centuries of historical and artistic developments. You will also enjoy a journey through time as you visit beautiful Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles and cities, as well as treasures dating to the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and various artistic monuments dating to the times of the Russian Empire.


This show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris


UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver

Impressions of Pakistan


Thursday February 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM - UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver

Pakistan contains some of Asia's most awe-inspiring landscapes, amazing trekking and a multitude of cultures with a long tradition of hospitality. The country offers a vast heritage, starting with the Indus Valley and Gandhara civilizations. The country also boasts a wealth of architecturally treasures dating to the Moghul Empire.

The North features the imposing Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayas mountain ranges and features the Hunza Valley, also known as "Shangri La" from James Hilton's novel "Lost Horizons", an area of stunning natural beauty, as well as the ancient Silk Road town of Gilgit linking Western China with this region and the Buddhist impressive rock carvings of the Buddha near Kargah.

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