Rupert Parker
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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: Green Adventures in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:24 AM

Parma Ham, Parmesan Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar, from Modena, are the traditional reasons for visiting Emilia-Romagna but, lesser known, are the forests, hills and valleys which are perfect for outdoor adventure.

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I arrive in Bologna and it's tough to extract...

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Planet Appetite: UNESCO World Heritage in the Harz Mountains, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 3:02 AM

Witness to important stages of human history, the Harz Mountains, in the heart of Germany, not only has a network of hiking trails but also a clutch of cultural treasures recognised by UNESCO.

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The Harz is the highest...

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Planet Appetite: The Sky's the Limit in Vilnius, Lithuania

(4) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:37 AM

Around two and half hours from London, on a direct flight, Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is good value, and there's lot's to do, including flying a hot air balloon over the city.

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The pilot tells us to prepare for a bumpy...

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Planet Appetite: Summer Alpine Adventures in Graubünden, Switzerland

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:23 AM

Graubünden, and particularly St. Moritz, is famous for its winter sports but the summer delivers hiking, e-biking and culinary delights with the bonus of unspoilt trails in Switzerland's only national park.

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You can't really knock Switzerland in the winter - ideal...

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Planet Appetite: The Surprising Shock of the New in Rotterdam, Holland

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 4:08 AM

The skyline is not the only thing that's changing in Rotterdam - an experimental restaurant, a colossal market hall, a floating forest and a UNESCO World Heritage 20's tobacco factory, are just some of the new kids on the block.

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Planet Appetite: North Sea Jazz Festival 2014, Rotterdam, Holland

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 7:53 AM

Now in its 38th Year, North Sea Jazz never fails to please and, this year, with Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams topping the bill, it was better than ever.

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Festivals always conjure up a nightmare involving mud, cold, rain...

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Planet Appetite: UNI Restaurant Brings Japanese Peruvian Nikkei Cuisine to Belgravia, London, UK

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:38 AM

Named after the Japanese word for Sea Urchin, UNI Restaurant and Sushi Bar serves up delicious Japanese and Peruvian fusion cuisine, known as Nikkei.

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Strange as it may seem, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Peru in the late...

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Planet Appetite: Gulet Sailing Around the Turquoise Coast, Turkey

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:49 AM

For the ultimate cruise experience, charter Carpe Diem 1, a luxury gulet, and explore the Turkish Turquoise coast, going wherever you fancy.

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My idea of hell is a holiday on one of those mega cruise ships, holding thousands of tourists, but...

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Istria, Croatia

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 7:57 AM

The province of Istria, in the North West of Croatia, is rich in truffles, olive oil, seafood and wine so it's no surprise that the cuisine is so distinctive, particularly when you realise that Italy is just next door.

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It's baking...

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Planet Appetite: Savour the Tastes of the Azores at 10 Fest, Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Portugal

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 3:35 AM

Over 10 days, 10 renowned international chefs from England, Spain, Portugal, France, Denmark, America and Canada serve up their interpretations of modern Azorean cuisine at 10 Fest Azores, in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores.

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In the world of food, Azorean Cuisine...

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Planet Appetite: Harvest Jazz and Blues, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:17 PM

Fredericton comes alive for 6 days, each September, as hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in the city's historic downtown.

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Festivals normally conjour up images of muddy fields, freezing rain and disgusting toilets. The...

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Planet Appetite: MarrakChef Culinary Competition, Marrakech, Morocco

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Four top international chefs, from France, Belgium, Spain and the UK, gather in Marrakech to create new dishes inspired by the cuisine of Morocco - only one of them will win the acclaimed title of MarrakChef 2014.

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I have a long...

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Planet Appetite: Eco Self-Catering at Natural Retreats, Richmond, Yorkshire, UK

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:57 AM

Set in 54 acres of pristine countryside in Swaledale, Yorkshire, Natural Retreats eco-friendly lodges offer luxurious self-catering in heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

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It's easy to forget how stunning the British countryside can be but when I arrive at

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Planet Appetite: Panama City Beach, Florida

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:01 AM

Located on the North West coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach offers 27 miles of white sand and emerald green waters.

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I've come to Panama City Beach for four days of the Seabreeze Jazz...

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Planet Appetite: Into Mysterious Albania

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 7:09 AM

Long seen as one of the severest former communist countries, Albania has now emerged from the darkness and is a surprisingly attractive tourist destination.

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I've always wanted to get to Albania but it has a long history of not encouraging journalists so it's...

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Planet Appetite: Seabreeze Smooth Jazz Festival, Panama City Beach, Florida, USA

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 7:52 AM

Now in its 16th year, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival now attracts close to 25,000 spectators, to groove beside the white sands of Panama City Beach, Florida.


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There's something complementary about music festivals and sunshine, particularly when they're held outdoors. Add...

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Planet Appetite: A Taste of Tyrolean Cuisine in the Alpbach Valley, Austria

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 2:05 PM

The idyllic Alpbach Valley is home to authentic Tyrolean cooking, using local ingredients, and mixing tradition with new tastes and inspirations.

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Nestling in the heart of the Austria Alps, the Alpbach valley is overlooked by snow-capped mountains, and home to lush...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light - Boots, Shoes and Socks

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:22 AM

If the shoe fits then wear it, goes the old saying, so packing inappropriate footwear will certainly lead to grief - all these have been rigorously road tested, from city to mountain.


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Planet Appetite: Food Routes in Virginia, USA

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:35 AM

Just across the river from Washington DC, Virginia boasts brilliant oysters, interesting wines and seed-to-plate eating.

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Mention Virginia and you might think of the first British settlers arriving in America, or Golden Virginia tobacco, both concerned with farming. Soils...

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Planet Appetite: Packing Light for Air Travel - Clothing

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 5:27 AM

It's not enough to have a case with the correct dimensions for carry-on as nowadays many airlines specify maximum weight, around 10kg or less, so packing light is essential

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In the course of my job as travel journalist,...

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