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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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Guild members scoop Dutch awards

Four Guild members won recognition in the 2017 Holland Press Awards organised by the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions. Here they all are, pictured with their awards and members of staff from Holland.com: Carol Wright won the Outstanding Article of the Year Award for a ten-page feature on Amsterdam in the Golden Age, published…

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2017 – a Year of Uncertainty

What will 2017 bring for British travellers, tour operators and airlines? Roger Bray – views expressed are his own and not those of the BGTW – sets out some of the key issues. Rarely have the travel industry and its customers faced the New Year amid such uncertainty. The vacuous mantra that Brexit means Brexit…

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Comeback for the lynx?

Will wild lynx make a comeback in British forests? Peter Lynch went to Germany to see how they have been reintroduced there. Britain is in its umpteenth year of debating whether to bring back the extinct lynx back to some remote, forested areas of the UK. These magnificent creatures were wiped out in Britain hundreds…

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Tenerife – a view from the inside

Not long to go until the Guild’s AGM in Tenerife. Andrea Montgomery, who lives there, provides a snapshot from the ground: Close your eyes and think of Tenerife. What do you see? Sun soaked beaches lined with sun loungers and backed by swaying palms; swanky, five-star hotels with azure infinity pools set into manicured gardens;…

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Behind the scenes at London City

What does the future hold for London City Airport? Plans for expansion – approved by Newham Council but opposed by the capital’s outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson – will be examined at a public inquiry next year. Guild members were given an in depth insight into the proposals during a fascinating visit to Docklands. The airport’s…

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Isle of Gannets

The island of Bonaventure is home to one of the world’s great gannet colonies. Roger Bray went to visit: The gannet, to my mind, is the most majestic of seabirds. I have sat watching them through binoculars from a lonely vantage point on Mykines, in the Faroes, mesmerised as they plunged into the Atlantic in…

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Swaledale – in search of Booze

Tim Bird finds England’s fastest flowing river and the valley that takes its name are the perfect setting for active but leisurely paced holidays. Finns are known for their fondness for the hard stuff, but that’s got nothing to do with the fact that my Finnish wife was especially interested in looking for Booze in Swaledale…

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Vincent Van Gogh – 125 Years of Inspiration

Thirty European art museums are this year commemorating the life of Vincent van Gogh, the influential Post-Impressionist painter, writes Stuart Forster. The Van Gogh 2015 – 125 years of inspiration project involves institutions in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. Van Gogh lived and worked in all of those countries. Many people forget that Van Gogh…

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Letter from Cyprus

The first of an occasional series by Guild members based outside the UK. There’s  no need for the Greek crisis to ruin travellers’ anticipation of holidays there, says Carole French. She’s seen it all before…… The threat that Greece may default on its EU debt has dominated the headlines for weeks. Will a Grexit be avoided,…