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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

Isabel Conway hears tales of the unexpected – and downright bizarre – on an arts and crafts tour of Chateauvillain in southern Champagne Bobbins at the 17th century watermill and machinery that still operates the Moulin de la Fleuristerie in … ..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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In the Spotlight – Simon Willmore

What made you start travel writing? I was living in Grenoble, France, to complete my Master’s – weirdly enough, in engineering. One day, I just realised that I had so many experiences to share that I started writing – as … ..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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