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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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Best Tourism Projects of 2015 revealed by BGTW

The British Guild of Travel Writers’ annual tourism awards were announced last night on the eve of World Travel Market. Lincoln Castle Revealed & Magna Carta Vault in Lincoln was named best in in the UK category, the Caverne du Pont d’Arc in the Ardèche, France took top honours in the rest of Europe, while…

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Kew for a party – The BGTW celebrates summer in the gardens

The Guild held its annual summer party at Kew Gardens. Neil Taylor reports: Travel writers are well used to exaggeration, both in what they read in press releases and therefore perhaps in what they subsequently write. “Magnificent” “outstanding” and “unique” are some of the several bland descriptions we have to face on a daily basis.…

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Ghost from the past – Hermione sails again

Hermione, faithful replica of a French frigate that took part in the American revolution, is now open as a floating museum on the Charente following her foray across the Atlantic to visit ports on the eastern seaboard of the US and Canada. Janine Marsh watched her leave on that epic voyage: Every now and again, someone comes…

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Ghosts of Baltic holidays past

Roger Bray feels the passage of history on Estonia’s coast The Baltic resort of Pärnu is an eccentric place in which to sense the ghosts of Europe’s tortured twentieth century. But it was easy, strolling on a chilly April afternoon by its wind whipped sand dunes, to imagine the careless laughter of parents and children whose…