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Members’ News: Spring 2017

ISSUED BY THE BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS Issue No.55; May 2017 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE   It’s an interesting time for commissioning editors and travel writers alike. There has always been ‘churn’. Destinations & travel styles open up and come into … ..more

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A knights’ trail in the Aube

The French department of Aube is rich in the history of the Knights Templar, Simon Willmore followed their trail… The first master of the Knights Templar, Hugues de Payns, was born just outside Troyes (110 miles southwest of Paris), and the … ..more

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Grapes and Golf

A South African style wine experience is planned in West Sussex. Peter Jolly investigates………… Some of the finest wine estates in the world are to be found around Cape Town in South Africa and now that expertise is being transported 6,000 … ..more

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Pigs in court – bizarre tales from Chateauvillain

Isabel Conway hears tales of the unexpected on an arts and crafts themed tour of southern Champagne. Most of us have gone there sometime in our travels. Assailed by an endless monologue of forgettable useless information we feign interest hoping … ..more

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Walking to the end of the world

Murray Stewart heads as far west as he can on Spain’s Camino de Fisterra, a pilgrimage with pagan origins. Nowadays, the much publicised Camino de Santiago pilgrimage appears on many a bucket-list. Too many, perhaps. The main pilgrim route to … ..more

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Delight of Spring – round up of BGTW members’ images

Spring has sprung and here are a few images captured by our members of this season of rebirth.  

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Dinner with the family

Stuart Forster tests an initiative that allows travellers to eat with the Swiss in their homes…. How many times have you dined alone while travelling? For members of the travel media that experience is often part of being on the … ..more

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Mullet and magic dust – a French cookery course

Lisa Gerard-Sharp makes art of red mullet at a culinary Hogwarts in Reims “Eat with your eyes – throw powder at it,” commands our culinary magician. In the shadow of Reims Cathedral we toss black volcanic dust on our Champagne … ..more

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Right said Fred, time to hit the bubbly

Mike Pedley explores Champagne’s terroirs and cellars The Avenue de Champagne in Epernay is no ordinary street. Its kilometre-long strip is a roll call of pedigree Champagne houses that, since 2015, proudly trumpet their UNESCO World Heritage status. We’re outside … ..more

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Reims and Troyes – a tale of two cities

On first acquaintance, says Roger Bray, Reims and Troyes appear to be chalk and cheese. The former is solidly mature but still attractive, the latter is enjoying flamboyant, sometimes rickety old age. Dig a little deeper, however, and there are … ..more

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The Guild meets at least once a month and regularly hosts networking events, charity fundraisers, panel discussions and workshops. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

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