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Bistrot + boules = bonheur

Lis Gerard-Sharp finds the perfect equation for contentment in a Provencal village where not a lot goes on… Travel writers tend to be in thrall to the coolest, hippest, weirdest places. We are thrill-seekers and truffle-hounds by trade, trained to sniff out the strongest-smelling story. Happiness is not high on our agenda. Pleasure is presented…

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Images of Summer

In the latest of our seasonal round ups, BGTW members capture images of long summer days:

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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 abbot St. Bernard de Clairvaux, founder of the abbey at Bar-sur-Aube, helped to write the…

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Theatre gets Guild award

The BGTW Tourism Awards are much sought after. John Ruler presented one that suggests the Entente Cordiale might survive even the hardest of Brexits……. All the world’s a stage  – as Shakespeare famously wrote – and one man in his time plays many parts. Which in my case meant handing over a guild Certificate of…

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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 the art deco HQ of Moët & Chandon slurping up the statistics: beneath our feet…

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1.7m Impressions of La Champagne & L’Ardenne

Last week, just under 90 BGTW travel writers, bloggers, photographers & broadcasters visited Reims in Northern France for our Annual General Meeting, and afterwards around 60 stayed on to explore both La Champagne and Ardenne. While we were there, many of our members were busy posting across numerous social media platforms using the #BGTWvisitLaChampagne hashtag,…

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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 striking historical similarities. Reims is – and Troyes once was- capital of the region that today…

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The Guild AGM – It’s a military operation!

This weekend, the advance guard of the BGTW will be heading out to Reims in France at the start of this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Guild AGM is a calendar highlight for Guild members. There are meetings and events every month, but the AGM is where the highest number of members gather together…

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Images of 2016 from BGTW members

In case anyone needs reminding that, besides writing beautiful prose, BGTW members take beautiful photographs, here are some of their images that have captured the eye in 2016:

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BGTW Gala Awards Dinner hits high notes

With the unveiling of top tourism honours for a new railway, a project to connect the horrors of the Great War with the misery of current conflicts – and a new walking route through one of the world’s crucibles of political turmoil, the British Guild of Travel Writers annual gala awards dinner hit its usual…

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Final countdown to the BGTW Gala Awards Dinner

The final countdown has begun to the travel event of the year. Though the two go together like airports and security queues we aren’t talking World Travel Market here  – but this year’s British Guild of Travel Writers Gala Awards Dinner that heralds the show’s opening. The great, the good and the discerning from the travel industry and…

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Of Peppers, Pelota and Pottoks

Murray Stewart, whose new guide to The Basque Country and Navarre*, published by Bradt, will be available in book shops from April 12, describes a corner of France that remains defiantly distinctive: Soule, Labourd and Basse-Navarre. Names that have long faded from the map of France, names that barely register in the consciousness of French tourists to the…

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New Bradt Basque Country Guidebook by Murray Stewart

In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, BGTW member Murray Stewart covers the principal cities – rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria and lively Pamplona —- and also delves deeper into the region’s interior, capturing the quirkiness that makes it so special. With 35 maps, 16…

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BGTW Tourism Awards – Best European Tourism Projects 2015

The Best European Tourism Award went to the replica Caverne Pont d’Arc  (nominated by BGTW members Mary Anne Evans and John Malathronas). It opened in Ardèche, France earlier in 2015. Taking a one hour guided tour along a raised walkway, visitors can see reproductions of 36,000 year old art. Paintings depict 15 different animal species, some of which are the only representations…

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Remembrance tourism in France and the Pyrenees

The image of Southern France is not immediately associated with concentration camps. But there were many of them in the region during the Second World War. One of the most significant was Rivesaltes, near Perpignan. Today Rivesaltes is best known for its delicious muscat wine and local airport. That is about to change; a memorial museum…