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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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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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Only in Edinburgh

BGTW member Duncan JD Smith’s new book Only in Edinburgh is published in November 2016. Designed for city explorers, this groundbreaking guide promises to take readers quickly off the beaten track – and under the city’s skin. This is the Edinburgh of secret gardens and haunted theatres, mysterious monuments and unexpected underworlds, industrial relics and…

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Landscape study – Guild visits Blenheim Palace

Gillian Thornton reports on a Guild tour of Blenheim Palace:  As thank you presents go, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire ranks up there with the very best. A gift to military commander John Churchill by a grateful Queen Anne, this 18th century extravaganza of golden stone would top anybody’s wish list. Last year, Blenheim Palace celebrated…

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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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Twickenham tour: echoes of rugby glory

With the UK on the verge of hosting the Rugby World Cup, members of the Guild toured the sport’s historic home. Chrissie Walker didn’t have far to travel… Twickenham, like Wembley, is usually known by its address rather than its function. The word ‘stadium’ rarely gets a mention. That’s likely due to its long history and…

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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,…

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Table Mountain springs are new tourism draw

Peter Jolly gets beneath the surface of Cape Town to discover a little trumpeted resource. Cape Town is regularly voted the best holiday destination in the world but visitors who enjoy the many attractions on the surface may not be aware that the city owes its very existence what lies beneath: the vast amount of…