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.

My Bulgaria Destination Guide for Passepartout Homes

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My Bulgaria Destination Guide for Passepartout Homes An increasing number of tourists are choosing Bulgaria as an alternative to the Alps during the winter and summer seasons for its skiing, scenery and natural wonders. Once they’ve arrived in this beautiful Southern European nation of contrasts, they discover the culturally rich cities of Sofia an...
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Major Attractions of Istanbul: Guest Post by Alice Jerusha

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  I am very grateful for this guest post from Alice Jerusha, who has taken me down Memory Lane with her piece on one of the world's most memorable and iconic cities. Istanbul: A Different Kind of Experience in a Land where East Meets West From a high vantage point in an elevated park area, you can see the azure waters of the Bosporus and the b...
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Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka

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  Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka For Hospitality Directory (I love writing for Hospitality Directory and this is my most recent article for them). For most foreign visitors to Sri Lanka, a visit to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage outside Kandy is near the top of their to-do list. But how do you actually get to the orphanage, and should you bel...
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Is it Safe to Visit Minsk as a Solo Female Traveller?

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According to a Skyscanner survey a few years back, Minsk is the second least visited European capital (Chisinau, Moldova is the first, fact fans). That meant that when I visited Minsk alone a couple of weeks ago it wasn’t quite as easy to get a handle on what I could expect as it would be if I’d been hopping off to Paris or Rome. I’ve written previ...
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Is it Safe to Visit Pristina, Kosovo with Children?

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The second most popular question that I get asked about my travel work is whether x or y location is safe for children/a woman travelling on her own. (The first most popular question, as a matter of record, is “What were you doing *there*??”) I’ve finally got around to starting a series of articles with my take on the relative safety of various loc...
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How to Get Into Belarus

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Wow. Sitting in my spartan Minsk hotel room, I’m still rather staggered by the fact that I’ve managed to enter Belarus, a country which has fascinated me for years. My quest was not assisted by a bizarre administrative issue which at one point had me travelling to Minsk and Belgrade on the same day, but it was when I started trying to score a visa ...
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The National Portrait Gallery, London

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Right in the heart of London, a few minutes’ stroll from Leicester Square or Charing Cross Underground stations, the National Portrait Gallery has been one of the world’s most important public portrait collections since it opened in 1856. It’s got nearly 200,000 portraits dating back hundreds of years, including some of the most iconic images from ...
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Colombo: Culture and Cuisine

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For Hospitality Directory The received wisdom about Colombo is that you leave as soon as possible to explore the true attractions of Sri Lanka – the beaches, tea plantations and historic city of Kandy. Although those are all undeniably wonderful, we were keen to spend some time exploring this rather overlooked South Asian capital. The recent buildi...
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Croatia’s Creative Rebranding: Olive Oil, Minibreaks and Bill Gates

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As part of the World Travel Market late last year, I was invited to a fascinating Croatian olive oil tasting by Rooster PR Agency . As I know from my own time in Croatia, the outstanding coastline sells itself: it’s pristine and gorgeous. What’s interesting about the new pitch is that Croatia is being positioned as an ideal short break destination ...
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Kandy Bats and Monkeys

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I was never going to make a visit to the beautiful Sri Lankan city of Kandy without a stroll around the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens, at the entrance to the city in the suburb of Peradeniya. Astonishingly, the history of the gardens can be traced back almost 650 years, to 1371. Its current status came about during the eighteenth century reign o...
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