Author Archives: Rupert Parker

The Joy of Six in Valle d’Aosta, Italy

12/09/2019 by .

It’s a marvelous idea – six mountain huts have joined forces to create a seven-day hiking tour around Valle d’Aosta, starting and ending in the village of Champoluc. Rupert Parker investigates.

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Summer Activities in Verbier, Switzerland

02/09/2019 by .

Verbier, along with other ski resorts, is keen to attract visitors in the summer as well as the winter, and they’ve devised a special offer for every guest staying overnight in one of their hotels. They call it the Verbier Infinite Playground (VIP) Pass and you can travel for free on cable cars and postal buses plus there’s reduced or free entry to many activities.

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Twinpalms MontAzure, Phuket

28/08/2019 by .

I’m always a sucker for up-market beach hotels – the sort of places where you can be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves, with no other distracting sounds, and leap out of bed and go for a refreshing morning dip before enjoying a wonderful breakfast.

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Hiking Gear Update

19/08/2019 by .

It’s always difficult to keep track of new hiking gear, but here’s a guide to the products which I’ve been testing recently. As always, my emphasis is on lightweight durable equipment which works as well in town as high up in the mountains.

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Novikov Restaurant & Bar, London

14/08/2019 by .

Just around the corner from Green Park tube, Novikov is owned by Russian entrepreneur Arkady Novikov, apparently a buddy of President Putin.

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Michelin-Starred Cooking in Ischgl’s Mountain Huts

05/08/2019 by .

Ischgl, at an altitude of 1377m, sits in the Paznaun Valley in the Tyrol and its ski area is the largest in the Alps.

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