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Montmartre, my favourite French village

To mark the Presentation to JOHN TREW of the French Medaille du Tourisme on July 5 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of tourism in France, here is one of his typically enthusiastic, informative and entertaining columns…

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‘WATER’ WELCOME ON DUTCH RIVER CRUISE

By Award winning Travel Writer John Trew

I FELT REALLY at home during my recent Dutch Bulbfields Cruise when I spotted something surprising that nearly made my wee heart burst with pride — it was the familiar flag of the gallant Northern Ireland football team contesting the Euro 2016 campaign this summer in France.

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My ‘Joie de Vivre’ as Trew Friend of France

TO MOST people, the highlight of this summer’s amazing uplift in Franco-Hibernian relations was the consummation of the love affair between France and our well-behaved football fans.

On TV coverage of EURO 2016 night after night, the Green /Green & White Armies were seen to be making themselves very much at home, while endearing themselves to the French population - and police.

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TOURISTS SHOULD BE SENT TO PRISON!

JOHN TREW spends some time at The Crum…

EVERY visitor to Belfast deserves to spend time in prison this summer. What I mean, of course, is that they should be urged to put CRUMLIN ROAD GAOL near the top of their List of Must-Sees during their visit here because it’s a truly fascinating all-weather Visitor Attraction.

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New-style B&Bs not bed and bored!

Award-winning Travel Writer JOHN TREW examines the impact of a global phenomenon…

ONE OF the initiatives of the past few years that is helping to transform the global accommodation scene is AirB&B (airbnb.com). Our daughter Suzy now uses the service frequently as part of her jet-setting corporate lifestyle, from Brazil to Belgium, while my widowed friend David offers room and breakfast at his welcoming home amid the leafy glades of East Belfast.

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