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How to survive a multi-generational family holiday

Fighting over who uses the bathroom first (just like at home)…disagreeing over what to do each day…getting on each other’s nerves…travelling with your family can be a daunting prospect. But if you plan it properly it can be a fantastic bonding opportunity, full of laughter and love (and hopefully not lots of learnings!). Here are […]

The Artists’ Retreat – 6 Things you Need to Know about the Oslofjord

Two of the most indisputably Norwegian attractions make up the name Oslofjord, and though there are many reasons to visit Norway, ‘Oslo’ and ‘fjord’ are surely two of the best. This expansive water system penetrates 60 miles north from Fredrikstad to Oslo in Norway’s south-east corner and houses a number of other fjords, bays, bights […]

In the footsteps of Saint Francis…sort of

I’m in Umbria on a route-finding ‘mission’ for Headwater – one with a slightly religious flavour – to put together the walks for their fantastic new walking itinerary that follows part of the 500km Saint Francis Way (the Via di Francesco) from La Verna to Rome. Well, I’m hoping it’ll be fantastic…once I’ve finished it! […]

Gem of the Emerald Isle – 5 Reasons to Walk or Cycle in Connemara

The rolling green expanse of Connemara lilts as gently as the soft Irish tones in its name. This region on the west coast of Ireland looks almost otherworldly, but it remains rooted in a rich Gaelic history evident in the various towns and fishing villages dotted around its weather-hardened foundations. The boundaries of Connemara are […]

Top 5 Must-see Castles of Romania

Spanning centuries and architectural styles, Romania’s eclectic mix of castles have protected the lands, housed royalty and inspired myths and legends. Poenari Castle, Wallachia Poenari might be a ruin but it earns an inclusion in this list for its spectacular setting, stunning views and a link to Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad […]

Walking in Provence: it started with a film

Apologies to everyone who already knows me as a Jean de Florette bore, but it’s true to say that I’ve been prattling on about wanting to Go Walking in the Provence Hills since the tender age of 16, ever since I saw the heart-wrenching Pagnol tale at the cinema circa 1987. OK, so I think […]

Velos and Vendanges – Burgundy regional update

By Lin Toye, Headwater Gastro Burgundy Rep A flash of colour, the whir of wheels, the shouts and cheers of on-lookers. This is the Tour de France in full swing, or rather, in full cycle. This year saw ‘The Tour’ speed through our Gastro Burgundy region bringing with it all the excitement that this national […]

The UK Petrol and Diesel Ban – Backyard National Treasures in a New Light

It was only seven months ago that the Air Quality Index in London read higher than Beijing for one particular day. It was a cold and windless day in January that provided the perfect conditions for pollutant air to amass in the centre and show Londoners the full extent of what they were living in. […]