Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time

Five Best Villas for Business Retreats for Passepartout Homes






  Few seasoned luxury travellers would dispute that a villa in a stunning part of Southern Europe is the ideal setting for the perfect holiday. However, there are certain properties which also provide an innovative and inspiring environment for a business retreat. A private space which sponsors clarity of thought, corporate bonding, and the op...
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Nine of the Best Villas with Direct Beach Access for Passepartout Homes









  What makes the perfect sea front property? Direct access to a beautiful beach must surely be at the top of the list. With these nine ultra-luxe villas enjoying such a feature, there are the added benefits of a globally renowned setting, a balmy climate, and a stunning range of attractions, land and sea, right outside the door. Thailand makes...
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The Emirates Airline Cable Car


I was pretty late to the party catching a ride on this but it was worth the wait. And, yes, there was a slightly tedious wait with a fractious baby in a stroller. I plan to get back there at a less crowded time. Once it gets started all those frustrations are forgotten though. The UK's first urban cable car, it was opened just in time for the Londo...
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Sweeps Festival Rochester




    For various reasons over recent years, major festivals have left me cold. Christmas, Easter. Meh. Don't even get me started on Mother's Day. Regular readers will know that I'm a Halloween fanatic. But this year I decided that it was time to go large on May Day too. Twenty years ago at Teddy Hall, Oxford, everyone had to stay awake all...
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The Best Villas for Wine Lovers for Passepartout Homes








The Best Villas for Wine Lovers There are a growing number of wine connoisseurs who wish to combine a bucolic holiday setting with a high quality wine tasting experience, as well as an education in new or unusual vintages in the site that is producing them. Italy has some of the most alluring villas for wine lovers in Europe.  Villa Altaserra ...
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The Best Ever Travel Pillow Trtl




  Let me be clear. I have tried A LOT of travel pillows. I think we all know what the majority of them are like. That strange bean bag texture. Or alternately sagging and hard in all the wrong places. So I was excited to trial the Trtl pillow and I wasn't disappointed. Soft and fleecy yet reinforced enough for support, it has a range of differ...
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Top 2016 Destinations for Shopping and Adventure in the Middle East and Europe

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  After a recent first time trip to Kuwait, it's been fun to return to writing about destinations in the Middle East. I've had the pleasure of travelling all over the Persian Gulf, including three years living in Muscat and multiple trips to the UAE, but Dubai  remains the stand-out option for family fun and winter sun. Dubai has been firmly o...
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Travel Tips: Only Sports Gear and First Aid Equipment

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Writing about vaccinations and anti-malarial neasures got me thinking about some of the other kit that you would want to consider when preparing for an adventure holiday. There's a fantastic site, onlysportsgear.com , which manages to pull together many different travel necessities and much more into a single online retail experience. For starters,...
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Chalet Toit du Monde, Val d’Isere, France

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This is the second in my series on stunning winter chalets for Passepartout Homes , the go-to global site for luxury holiday accommodation and corporate retreats. Of all the desirable French skiing locations, perhaps none is more iconic than Val D’Isere. With settlements dating back at least to the seventeenth century, and a key role in European sk...
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Travel Tips: Where in North London to get Children's Travel Vaccinations

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Many people, most of all me, have been mourning the loss of the Royal Free travel clinic, which used to be a friendly Hampstead ground floor gateway to exotic adventures. Now that's gone, the alternative that I've discovered is Nomad Travel Clinic in Turnpike Lane . They have other branches as well but I can only speak for the one that I've been to...
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