Author Archives: Rupert Parker

Banaue Rice Terraces

04/08/2017 by .

Now a UNESCO Heritage site, the Banaue Rice Terraces, in the mountains of Northern Luzon, are said to have been built around 2000 years ago by the ancestors of the Ifugao, the indigenous people, who still live here.  Rupert Parker sets out to take a look.

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The Stubai Valley

17/07/2017 by .

Around 30 minutes from Innsbruck, the Tyrolean village of Neustift makes a good base for exploring the Stubai Valley and its surroundings. Rupert Parker enjoys some Tyrolean hospitality.

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Exploring North Wales by Rail

13/07/2017 by .

This tiny area of Wales is home to probably the highest concentration of narrow and standard gauge steam train lines in the UK. Rupert Parker climbs on board.

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Chernobyl for the Weekend?

03/07/2017 by .

When I was asked if I wanted to visit Chernobyl on my trip to Ukraine, I thought it was some sort of joke. I kept thinking of the Sex Pistol’s song “Holidays in the Sun” and wondered if I might be putting myself at risk of radiation poisoning.

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Biking in Burgundy

19/06/2017 by .

The EuroVelo 6 is a long distance cycle track from the Black Sea to the Atlantic. It runs a total of 2,270 miles along the course of some of Europe’s major rivers. Rupert Parker tries a short stretch in Burgundy.

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Walking the Fjords of Norway

15/06/2017 by .

I’m on my way to the top of Mount Hoven from the town of Loen, in Western Norway, and it takes me only 5 minutes to climb from sea level up to 1000m. Of course I’m cheating, taking the brand new Loen Skylift, a high tech cable car up the sheer sides of the Nordfjord.

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