Author Archives: Rupert Parker

Baroque and Roll in Valletta, Malta

17/01/2019 by .

In recent years, Valletta, once a British garrison town, has been cleverly changing its image. Malta has long been a popular package tour destination, perfect for Brits who want sunshine where everyone speaks English and where they serve up meat and two veg.

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Kentucky, the Bluegrass State

08/01/2019 by .

Bourbon, bluegrass and horse racing, plus the home of a sporting legend, are some of the many reasons to visit Kentucky. Even though it’s known as the “front porch” to the South, its pretty white clapboard towns seem more attached to the north, nestling in undulating green pasture, and the state was officially neutral during the civil war.

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22nd Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

18/12/2018 by .

It’s an audience like no other. The musicians are surrounded by children in wheelchairs. They all have some kind of mental handicap but really do seem to be enjoying the music, some of them joining in.

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Winter Hiking Gear

14/12/2018 by .

The colder months present problems for those looking to pack light for hiking as, of course, you’re going to need more layers and stouter boots.

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Mysterious Moldova

11/12/2018 by .

I’m in Moldova, in one of those bling mansions that wouldn’t be out of place in Essex – stone columns, crystal chandeliers, long velvet curtains, and a full-length mural on the stairs – the difference is that you wouldn’t find chicken and pigs running around outside.

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Christmas Markets and more in Northern France

07/12/2018 by .

Most people hurtle through Pas de Calais on their way South but it’s an easy hop across the channel, particularly if you use Eurostar.

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