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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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Bamboozled in Barcelona

In the Catalan capital, Rosemary Bailey discovered the plus side of  looking mumsy………. “You must be really careful in Barcelona,” I warned my son, en route to Madrid to study Spanish. “They are really clever, really devious. They’ll point out pigeon shit on your shoulder and pick your pocket as you turn your head…” Famous last words.…

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Life returns to the Caves of Matera

First impressions of Matera are somewhat underwhelming. The newer buildings on the outskirts are the familiar mixture of residential tower blocks with shops and cafes at ground level interspersed with public and commercial buildings. Press on towards the Baroque town centre however, and by the time you reach the Piazza Vittorio Veneto you realise you…

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Como without Clooney

Andrea Montgomery travels to Como in search of George Clooney and finds murder, espionage and money along the way. “I have a request,” says our guide. “Please can some people move to the right hand side of the boat so that the captain can move us forward?” I turn my eyes inward and realise we…

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Milan: Gothic splendour and urban chic

Kathryn Tomasetti reveals the often overlooked charms of Italy’s second city Tourists tend to skip over Italy’s northern capital.  Milan isn’t famous for great art, though it has much more than its star turn, Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Nor is it known for canals, though it has those, too. But unlike Italy’s more powerful sightseeing magnets…

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At Rigoletto’s place

Mantua’s Gonzaga dynasty casts a long shadow – in fiction as much as fact. There’s a sequence in Billy Wilder’s Some Like it Hot when Spats Colombo, played by George Raft, is questioned about his whereabouts on the night of the St Valentine’s Day massacre. “ I was at Rigoletto”, he protests. After some verbal…