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.

Bratislava: Don't Overlook This Lovely Middle European City

I felt rather protective of Bratislava before I had ever had the chance to visit, simply because it sometimes seems to be treated as a distant second option to Prague for tourists in middle Europe. True, we visited during Halloween, my favourite festival and usually enough to sell me on anywhere, but there was an awful lots of fun stuff going on in...
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My Guest Blog on Dubai for The Adventure Travel Shop

Bosnia and Dubai 2012 103I was pleased to write a second guest blog for The Adventure Travel Shop, Downtime in Dubai. For a quick family adventure during the worst months of winter weather, Dubai is justly popular. Travel time from the UK is significantly lower than that to other winter sun favourites like the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. However, the explosion in luxu...
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The Camden Arts Centre

Camden Arts Centre 001I love Camden Arts Centre. It's perfect for one of the UK's very many rainy or grim weather days, and the children really love it too. I wrote a piece raving about it for Travel Culture Magazine. I'd be very interested to know what you think.
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Pluckley: Still Haunting for Britain

Pluckley CryptPluckley Given that our children love ghosts and cryptozoology and we live in a nation that seems to pride itself on frantic paranormal activity, every now and then I go and check such phenomena out for myself. Pluckley has received a paranormal downgrade in recent years. In 1989 it was granted the title of most haunted village in England by t...
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All About Tirana for the Travel Belles

SupercoolEstella and I made an extraordinary and special mother and daughter trip to Albania together. It was the very first piece that I had published for the brilliant Travel Belles site, and I got a lot of positive feedback about it, from Albanians who are keen to have their country discovered by more people, but by many other people from all over the wo...
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Only in Hampstead...

Paparazzi signThere is a ridiculous sign outside the changing room of a gym in Swiss Cottage. It says "No Paparazzi! No snapping with camera phones in our changing rooms please" I'd like to know who exactly feels under threat of pap shots in the toilet. Made me laugh.
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Kiss the Sky Bar

I posted this review on View London, just because this bar is such a great little place. Kiss the Sky Bar Hampstead is surprisingly low on great drinking venues that welcome small children. Kiss The Sky Bar is a lovely cafe bar which has recently opened on Pond Street and may redress the balance slightly. It has highchairs and crayons and colourin...
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Countries that Estella has visited

cropped-IMG_29011.jpg  Italy (Sardinia, in utero and again in 2012) USA France Japan Israel Greece (Rhodes) Egypt Turkey Belgium Albania Malta Poland Bahamas United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) The Maldives UK Qatar Cyprus Lithuania Spain (mainland) Monaco Spain (Mallorca) Italy (mainland) San Marino Kosovo Macedonia Greece (ma...
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My Guest Blog on Nassau for The Adventure Travel Shop

I was really pleased to have the opportunity to be a Guest Blogger for The Adventure Travel Shop, it was one of my very first gigs, and I wrote about family holidays in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort. We were attracted to Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas for our last family break because it seemed to offer an easy introduction to the Caribbean f...
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Countries that Electra has visited

IMG_2478I wanted to start keeping track of the countries that my children are visiting, and it was more straightforward to start the tally with the three year old, Electra: Canada (in utero) Belgium (in utero) USA France Greece (Rhodes) Egypt Turkey Luxembourg Malta Poland Bahamas United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) Italy (Sardinia) T...
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