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Dave Bowden

About Dave Bowden

Wandering through the worlds of newspaper and magazine publishing, Dave Bowden traded ink on his fingers for stamps on his passport when he stumbled upon Butterfield & Robinson and The Slow Road. Having hiked Ireland’s Croagh Patrick and Italy’s Cinque Terre, he’s got the walking portion of B&R’s “Walking and Biking Since 1966” slogan down pat. Chewing gum simultaneously, however, remains an ongoing challenge.

World’s Greatest Dream Trips: Iceland With B&R

“Nowhere seems more desolate and ethereal than the volcanic landscape of western Iceland. I’d take a guided tour with Butterfield & Robinson…” writes Travel + Leisure’s Lindsey Olander. more…

Pintxos, the Tapas of the Basque Country

As a general rule, we don’t often advocate eating a food whose name derives from the words “thorn” or “spike.” But when staring down pintxos in Rioja, well… what is it they say about rules? more…

Experts + Insiders: Jane Eyre-Renard

Don’t let the accent fool you: while Jane Eyre-Renard may not have been born among Burgundy’s vines, her pedigree is beyond reproach. more…

Killary Fjord Shellfish

Gazing out at Killary Harbour, two thoughts immediately spring to mind. “Wow, this is gorgeous” is usually the first one, followed closely by, “What the hell are all those things in the water?” more…

Reading for the Road: Books About Loire Valley

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people. more…

Mohinga, Myanmar’s National Dish

It’s hard to go hungry while walking the streets of Yangon or Mandalay. Assuming you don’t mind fish soup, that is. more…

Reading for the Road: Books About Normandy

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people. more…

Reading for the Road: Books About Provence

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people. more…

Reading for the Road: Books About the Amalfi Coast

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people. more…

Reading for the Road: Books About Puglia

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people. more…

Mate: Argentina’s
New World Tea

More than a drink, it’s a tradition, as important to Argentina as mint tea is to Morocco and wine is to Burgundy. more…

Reading for the Road: Books About the Italian Lakes

Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people. more…

Hakarl and Brennivin:
An Acquired Taste

To Anthony Bourdain it’s “the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing.” But in Iceland, it’s a quintessential dish. more…

Limoncello: Authentically Amalfitano

A tart, refreshing and infinitely satisfying after-dinner liquer, limoncello provides the perfect end to a hot Amalfi day. more…

At Le Sirenuse, It’s
All in the Family

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Fleeing Naples to avoid the bombing during the Second World War, the Sersale family took refuge in its summerhouse in Positano, perched above Italy’s Amalfi Coast. more…

In Rajasthan, A Range
of Emotion

“The Land of Kings.” It’s a lofty title to live up to, but to hear B&R’s Lucy Davison tell it, Rajasthan fits the bill. more…

Rave Reviews: Burgundy

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

Rave Reviews: Tuscany

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

Rave Reviews: Piemonte

Whether you’ve been working at something for five minutes or five decades, it’s always nice to hear an encouraging word (or two). more…

Rave Reviews: Croatia

Thanks to our amazing travellers, we frequently find ourselves feeling very encouraged indeed. Check out what some of them have to say about our biking and by-sea trips to Croatia. more…


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