Rupert Parker
Rupert Parker is writer, photographer, cameraman and TV Producer. Although his special interest is food and travel, he writes about everything from wilderness adventure to gourmet spa tours. His articles appear, not only in national newspapers and magazines, but also on global websites and appeal to young and old alike. He’s made ground breaking TV series for the BBC, Discovery and National Geographic, among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy. His most recent series for Discovery US was filmed across 5 continents and, despite having over 70 countries under his belt, he’s still hungry for travel. Read his latest adventures on Planet Appetite and follow him on Twitter @planetappetite

Entries by Rupert Parker

Planet Appetite: Normandy for the Weekend - Deauville and Trouville

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 2:21 PM

The twin Norman towns of Deauville and Trouville make an attractive weekend destination, ideal for exploring this part of Normandy and a new flight makes them easily accessible from London.


I've always liked Normandy for its food, but it's...

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Planet Appetite: Rouen, France - More Than Just Joan of Arc

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 7:37 AM

Rouen has always been notorious for the English burning Joan of Arc but a new museum telling her story and a huge Panorama depicting ancient Rome, along with exciting restaurants, means that no trip to the North of France is complete without a visit.

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Planet Appetite: Preview of Guernsey International Food Festival, Channel Islands, UK

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 2:52 AM

In September, for the first time, the Channel Island of Guernsey hosts its own International Food Festival, highlighting the island's delicious local produce and unique dishes, with cook-offs, culinary demonstrations and food tours.


I always have a soft spot for Guernsey...

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Plant Appetite: El Nido Resorts, Lagen Island, Palawan, Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:35 AM

El Nido, in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan, Philippines, is composed of 45 islands with Lagen home to a magical eco-resort that takes your breath away.


Not for nothing is El Nido known as the Philippines final frontier, as its...

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Planet Appetite: Bioculture - Art Walks and Organic Wine in Le Marche, Italy

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Combining nature, organic wine and culture, the Bioculture App guides you on a 19 day series of linked walks in Le Marche, Italy, providing information about the attractions along the way with specially created artworks.


Le Marche is one of those...

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Planet Appetite: FITCuba 2015 International Tourism Fair in Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 7:56 AM

Cuban Tourism Minister, Manuel Marrero, at the 35th edition of the International Tourist Fair FITCuba in Cayo Coco, announces a record three million international visitors visited Cuba in 2014, an increase of 15%.


As I board my Air France flight for Havana,...

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Planet Appetite: Immersive Caribbean Gastronomy Week in St. Lucia

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 7:31 AM

Cap Maison, a boutique resort in the north of St Lucia, has a new immersive gastronomy package for foodies which includes visits to farms and local markets, and lessons on Caribbean cooking.


My experience of food in the Caribbean has always been disappointing...

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Planet Appetite: Sicily - A Continent of Great Wines

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:47 AM

For its 12th edition, Sicilia en Primeur, in Taormina, Sicily, previews the latest vintages of Sicilian wine, with nearly 300 different tastings offered, and proves that it's the Italian region with the largest number of hectares of vineyards farmed organically.


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Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion Stages an Asian Version of its Gastro Summit in Manila, Philippines

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 6:04 AM

For once fusion means exactly what it says - bring some of Spain's most renowned Michelin-starred chefs to Manila, the Philippines capital, mix with local chefs and ingredients, and the splendid result is Madrid Fusion Manila's three day event of master classes, presentations, tastings and pop-up dinners.

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Planet Appetite: Lisbon Fish and Flavours Festival 2015, Portugal

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:31 AM

Now in its eighth year, Peixe em Lisboa, Lisbon's fish festival, takes place over 10 days, with cooking classes, wine pairings, chef demonstrations and tasting dishes provided by top Portuguese restaurants.


Lisbon is one of the few European capitals situated close...

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Planet Appetite: Hotel Bon Sol, an Oasis of Calm, in Mallorca, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Just five miles outside Palma, in Illetas, the Bon Sol sits on a pine-covered hillside overlooking the bay, with sub-tropical gardens leading to its own private beach.


Mallorca regularly hits the headlines with tales of drunken antics of young tourists in...

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Planet Appetite: The Only Way is Eat Essex, UK

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 8:57 AM

The county of Essex, just outside London, is famous for many things but not, until now, for its food and that's a big shame.


I travel all over the world for my job, searching out the best places to eat in...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel, Latest Products

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:01 AM

As airlines are clamping down on the weight of hand baggage, it's even more important that you choose the lightest items to pack.


Hand baggage restrictions seem to get worse and worse, with even scheduled carriers like Virgin Atlantic restricting you...

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Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion International Gastronomy Summit 2015, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 1:24 PM

For 13 years Madrid Fusion has been the most important event in the international gourmet calendar and 2015's theme was Travelling Cuisines, featuring chefs from Finland, the Philippines and China, as well as Spain.


We've all heard of those grand...

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Planet Appetite: Alpine Hotel, Nira Alpina in Silvaplana, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:48 AM

Only ten minutes from St. Moritz, the Nira Alpina Hotel, in Silvana, is right at the foot of Mt. Corvatsch and has direct access to its cable car so you can ski out and ski back in.


I love being in...

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Britain at St. Moritz Gourmet Festival, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 7:18 AM

Swiss winter tourism was invented 150 years ago by the British in St. Moritz so it's fitting that this year's Gourmet Festival invited 9 UK Chefs to create a "British Edition".


I can't believe this is happening. I'm in the subterranean kitchens of...

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Planet Appetite: Walking Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 4:38 PM

Tenerife is the Canary Island famous for its sandy beaches and year round sunshine, but its Walking Festival is a good introduction to over 1500 km of hiking trials and there's plenty of luxury accommodation to salve your weary limbs and make your stay a comfortable one.

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Planet Appetite: Velas Luxury Hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 6:45 AM

Tourism on the Pacific coast of Mexico is concentrated around Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit with 3 luxury hotels catering for every taste.


Mexico represents remarkably good value for money and specialises in all-inclusive resorts. Cancun and the Riviera Maya have been...

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Planet Appetite: All at Sea in the British Virgin Islands

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 7:31 AM

The great advantage of the British Virgin Islands is that they're all clustered together, so moving between them, on excellent ferry services, really does give you a taste for sailing the Caribbean.


I'm on my way to the British...

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Planet Appetite: In the Lap of Boutique Luxury in Las Alamandas, Mexico

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 10:46 AM

If you really do want to get away from it all, Las Alamandas can offer you four private beaches, kayaking on a lagoon full of wild birds and horseback rides at sunset.


Now that Puerto Vallarta is accessible by...

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