Author Archives: Rupert Parker

Hiking and Biking in the Algarve

15/03/2018 by .

You’re not going to find mountains in this part of Portugal, the most you’ll get are gentle hills, but these are sufficient to give you a cycling work out.

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Best Hiking Gear

25/02/2018 by .

I spend a lot of time tramping the highways and byways of Europe and usually have to fly there. Low-cost airlines can be pretty strict on weight, so here’s a roundup of the latest gear that won’t bust the scales.

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Art Rotterdam Week

19/02/2018 by .

Rotterdam is one of those cities which quietly innovates without making a song and dance about it. In January they have their International Film Festival, IFFR, showing cutting-edge movies and July sees North Sea Jazz, a three-day event presenting everything from the traditional to the far out. The World Port Festival gives you a peek behind the scenes of one of the worlds’ biggest harbours, over three days in September.

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Kurent Festival in Ptuj

19/02/2018 by .

Huge shaggy horned giants, wielding clubs are chasing me down the cobbled street. The noise from the huge cowbells hung from chains around their waist is deafening. They follow me through squares lined by medieval houses, monasteries and churches. This is the Kurentovanje, the Slovenian equivalent of Mardi Gras, and one of the world’s top ten carnivals.

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La Palma, Canary Islands

01/02/2018 by .

The most northwesterly of the Canaries, La Palma is also apparently the world’s steepest island, something to bear in mind when you’re considering hiking its network of trails.

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5 Best Food Joints in Nashville

18/01/2018 by .

Music City is famous as the home of country music but long hours in the studio fuel the appetites of singers, musicians and producers. As a result, Nashville has a great food scene and, of course, there’s a whiskey distillery to keep those creative juices flowing. Rupert Parker tests out his taste buds and cherrypicks his 5 best food joints in Nashville.

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