Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

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

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 awak...
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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 Altaser...
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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 diff...
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Top 2016 Destinations for Shopping and Adventure in the Middle East and Europe

DSC00638  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 firml...
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Travel Tips: Only Sports Gear and First Aid Equipment

CAR_PUB_Master.jpgWriting 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

chalet toit du mondeThis 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

Image result for travel injectionMany 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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Travel Tips: A Crash Course in Car Tyres

During the recent run-up to our trip to Panama, my children needed several different vaccines. In the good old days we had been using the Royal Free Hospital travel clinic in Hampstead, but much to our chagrin discovered that it had closed. We were forced to swiftly find an alternative, in the shape of Nomad Travel Clinic, Turnpike Lane. The clinic...
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The perfect chalet in the Rhodope Mountains for Passepartout Homes

Villa GellaThis is the first of two feature articles for the wonderful Passepartout Homes about their exceptional villa offerings. Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains have justifiably found their place on the global ski map in recent years, thanks to an unusual and appealing combination of reliably fantastic winter conditions, great value and compelling folk histor...
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Tips and Tricks for Visiting Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal

DSC00063There are, of course, plenty of ways to visit the Panama Canal for the first time. We were approaching from the Pacific side, and wanted to get up close after several passes over the Bridge of the Americas. The Panama Canal celebrated its 100th birthday last year. Of the three locks dotting its Pacific to Atlantic span, Miraflores is by far the mo...
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