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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. […]

The Second Revolution: Cycling and Walking in France after 2040

‘A veritable revolution’ were the words used by French ecology minister Nicolas Hulot at the unveiling of his country’s radical mission to end the sale of petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2040. France follows the Netherlands and Norway in their bid to scrap highly polluting vehicles from the road, a move that has inspired the […]

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 […]

5 not-to-be-missed attractions in Dubrovnik

It’s often called the ‘jewel of the Adriatic’ and is Croatia’s best-known destination: seaside Dubrovnik is a true stunner and absolute must-see. Ruled successively by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and even for a short time by Napoleon, this walled-city has a long and varied history. During the Yugoslav Wars more than 2,000 bombs fell on its […]

Winter is coming: 10 Game of Thrones locations to visit now

As any Game of Thrones fanatic will be aware of, there are only two more sleeps until season 7 is set to – finally – start this Sunday on 16 July. So there will be no more restless nights, and we’ll finally get one step closer to seeing who will actually take the Iron Throne. […]

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 […]