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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 […]

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 […]

Istria off the beaten path

Most visitors to Istria flock to the seaside towns and beaches of its western coast, but the soul of this Adriatic peninsula in western Croatia can be found in the enchanting valleys and ancient hilltop towns of its interior. Visitors willing to wander off the beaten path are rewarded with hidden treasures: the painted fresco […]

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 […]

11 Top Long Exposure Methods to Try

In a previous post I described long exposures and how, with a few basic setting adjustments to your camera, you can start capturing some amazing images. Below I cover some examples of where you can use long exposures to great effect. Why not try some of these out on your next Headwater Holiday? Light Trails […]

What to pack for your cross-country skiing trip

By Chris Payne, Headwater customer In my previous blog I explained why I have been returning to Venabu for cross-country skiing for 14 years, and how a typical day looks. In this follow-up, I thought it would be useful to list what I take with me. After years of trying, my current solution for keeping […]