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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 […]

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 […]

5 tips for ordering coffee in Italy

Coffee is an important part of the Italian culture. The locals enjoy the delicious beverage with friends or family during a coffee break known as ‘una pausa’. Ordering it isn’t as simple as you’d think; with many variations it’s a good idea to be clued up about what you should and shouldn’t say. Headwater’s short […]

Cycling in Brittany – from the point of view of my partner, who finally – finally – gets to choose our holiday

I was adamant. She knew this because my adamant face is entirely different to my habitual amenable face. She had successfully dodged my bucket-list holiday for years, but as the brochure on the coffee table was slid into her peripheral vision, she began to smell – figuratively speaking – a rat. I had found the […]

4 tapas-loving towns on the Camino de Santiago

A hike around the valleys, rivers, hamlets and vineyards of northern Spain will work up a serious appetite. The Camino de Santiago is certainly no mean feat, but it is made so much easier by the prevalence of delectable tapas available throughout a route that spans about 500 miles from Navarra to Galicia. The genesis stories […]

Unbelievable Umbria – 4 of the best of food and wine

It’s not hard to see why the Umbria region of Italy is considered its beating green heart. Lush vegetation really does flow through the veins of central Italy thanks to the abundant fertility of Umbria; where perfectly orchestrated vines clasp the sides of the stretching hills, the fields’ deep palate of greens, browns, ochres, and […]

Why has the Loire been chosen to host the Grand Départ 2018?

There may be no better place for the kings of cycling than France’s very own Valley of Kings. This artful nickname was bestowed on the stunning Loire Valley for its plenitude of royal châteaux that are dotted around the region’s famous riversides. The widely-beloved Loire à Vélo cycling route has been awarded the magnificent honour […]

Where do writers and artists get their inspiration from?

“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognises in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and […]