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22 July 2015

Lead Me To The Lake Palace: Part One

Tour Director Annie Owen leads ACE’s adventurous exploration of Gujarat: Traditional Crafts and Tribal Communities. A photographer, printmaker and illustrator, Annie has a passion for the Indian subcontinent, where she has travelled regularly and extensively for over 20 years. When we caught up with Annie recently, we asked what first drew her to this special country.

"I first travelled to India in 1991, because I wanted to see two things: the Taj Mahal and a tiger. I wrote children’s books at the time, and my passport gave my occupation as ‘author/illustrator’. I arrived at passport control and the guard, wearing flip-flops with his khaki uniform and unconcerned by the 300 other passengers waiting in line, grinned broadly and demanded ‘draw me!’ I fell in love with the country at that moment and have been back over and over again, each time finding something new to intrigue and fascinate me."

When Annie went on to mention that one of her visits to India comprised a solo bicycle ride from Pushkar to Udaipur – a journey of over 450km through Rajasthan – we in the ACE office could hardly believe our ears! Fascinated, we asked to hear more. Below is part one of Annie’s incredible journey. Join us tomorrow as the story continues…

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10 June 2015

ACE Interviews BBC Springwatch

As this year's series of BBC Springwatch draws to a close, ACE Tour Director and environmental consultant Kevin Hand reflects with Ian Barthorpe of RSPB Minsmere about the challenges and rewards of filming at the world-renowned reserve named by Chris Packham as ‘the Disneyland of wildlife’.

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03 June 2015

Huguenots of the CĂ©vennes

The Cévennes mountains in Languedoc is one of the most remote parts of France – rugged and beautiful, yet little visited. The area has also been the backdrop to some of the most significant events of French – and European – history. On this late summer tour with historian Dr Lionel Laborie, we shall immerse ourselves in this breathtaking landscape whilst exploring France’s rich religious past.

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