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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

Impressions of India


Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver

Home of one of the world's oldest civilizations, and several of the world's great religions, India has been changing and re-shaping itself for as long as anywhere on earth, forever producing new forms of culture and absorbing new influences. In a brand new multi-image presentation, you get to see spectacular carved temples and gleaming marble palaces, lonely Himalayan lamaseries and a number of India's 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The boundaries of modern India, fixed some sventy years ago, are merely the latest in a four-thousand-year sequence of redefinitions that have produced one of the most heterogeneous societies in the world. The land where the Buddha lived and preached, and where the Moghul Muslims erected the Taj Mahal, has recreated itself as both a majority Hindu nation and the world's largest secular democracy.

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

Impressions of Vietnam


Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Central Library - Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver

Vietnam features a sublime beauty of the country's landscapes: the Red River Delta in the north, the Mekong Delta in the south and almost the entire coastal strip are a patchwork of brilliant green rice paddies tended by farmers in conical hats.

We explore architecturally beautiful Hanoi and bustling Ho Chi Minh City, formerly knon as Saigon and revel in the sights of splendid Halong Bay and Tam Coc. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of ancient Hue and the enticing little town of Hoi An; stretches of white sandy beaches at Phan Thiet, Nha Trang and Danang. See a number cultural highlights, such as ancient Cham temple ruins, ethnic minorities in the hills, the extravagant church of Cao-Daism in Tay Ninh and the traditional Water Puppet Theatre of Northern Vietnam.

TThis show is brought to you by Bestway Tours & Safaris

Impressions of India


Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Central Library - Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver

Home of one of the world's oldest civilizations, and several of the world's great religions, India has been changing and re-shaping itself for as long as anywhere on earth, forever producing new forms of culture and absorbing new influences. In a brand new multi-image presentation, you get to see spectacular carved temples and gleaming marble palaces, lonely Himalayan lamaseries and a number of India's 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Find out about a number of tours offered in India from North to South and from East to West; tours focused on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Art & Architecture and Culinary Tours to different regions of India offered by Bestway Tours & Safaris.


TBA


Tuesday January 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM - Central Library - Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver

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