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Top German award for Andy Jarosz

An article on Baltic Germany has won Guild member Andy Jarosz top prize in this year’s Germany Travel Writers’ Awards. The piece was published in National Geographic Magazine. The competition is organised annually by the German National Tourist Office. The results were announced at a lunch co-sponsored by the state of Brandenberg. Klaus Lohmann, the GNTGO’s…

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Head in the clouds at Buddhism Central

In a former Raj hill station, Tim Bird mingles with Tibetan exiles and seekers of Nirvana: Typical. I decide to visit the home of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas and he just happens to be doing a gig at the O2 Arena in London. Not such a bad…

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Motion Pictures – Birth of an eBook

Want to capture the essence of your travels on camera? Guild member and photographer extraordinaire Tim Bird has produced an e-guide…….. In early 2015 I was flattered to be approached by the Intrepid adventure travel agency who asked me if I would be interested in leading photography tours for groups of photo enthusiasts. I might not be…

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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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Star of hope – migrant stories retold in Antwerp

As desperate refugees seek new lives in Europe, Roger Bray visits a museum dedicated to millions of Europeans who escaped to America  between 1873 and 1934: The best museums are not just collections of objects but places that prompt the  imagination to roam. Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum is a perfect example. I defy you…

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Petra: protecting a delicate rose

It’s 30 years since Petra in Jordan was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list and, as Carole French discovers, efforts to protect it and its communities remain as passionate as ever: Nothing quite prepares you for your first visit to Petra. Its huge size, complexity and haunting beauty of John William Burgon’s “rose-red city, half as…

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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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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…