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.

Best Village Museum Ever?

IMG_2897Just had to write a quick piece about the loveliness of the Romanian Village Museum, after a visit there today. Granted, it was the perfect autumn day, with me and both children crunching through amber leaves in our t-shirts and gazing out over the lake. Even so, the loving preservation of the historically significant houses and churches in a fa...
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My Great North Run

Great North RunBit of a break from the usual content of my travel posts, but after completing the world’s biggest half marathon for charity (in two hours and 28 minutes, just to get that in there), I thought it might be helpful to give some sense of what the experience is like. As the race drew near, I found myself getting far more nervous about whether I would ...
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An Introduction to Prishtina

IMG_2598Prishtina, capital of one of Europe’s younger nations, Kosovo, is, legitimately but regrettably, entirely associated with war and tragedy in the international consciousness. News reports from the conflict in the Balkans and the ethnic cleansing which Kosovan Albanians were subjected to are planted indelibly in most people’s minds. Mercifully, this ...
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Hidden Highlights of Thessaloniki

IMG_2673To a certain extent, the whole city of Thessaloniki flies slightly under the radar of most travellers, who tend to either dart on and out on business trips or cruises, or head straight to the beach mecca of Chalkidiki. A sprawling, congested city with most street signs exclusively in Greek script, it can be hard to get to know and love without a fe...
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A Potted History of Thessaloniki

IMG_2675I'm delighted to have a new client, Today's Growth Consultant, who've asked me to write city guides on a number of destinations that I've had the pleasure of getting to know. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city in terms of population and importance after Athens, has been a settlement since at least 300BC and for much of its chequered past has bee...
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Cervaiole Marble Quarries

IMG_1937A quarry trip might not be at the top of everybody’s wish list, but I was pretty much beside myself with excitement at the chance to visit the Cervaiole marble quarries during the Wish Versilia Blog Tour in Tuscany. I’d studied the quarries during my last year at Oxford on the High Renaissance in Rome and Florence module, and ever since then they’...
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Guest Post by Robert Dogue, House of the Lion, Senegal

1353934152537  Lord knows, I’ve got a sizeable backlog of writing regarding all the great hotels I’ve stayed in, but I was so fascinated to hear about Robert Dogue’s guest house in Senegal that I’m running his guest post on it before I travel there myself. I enjoyed how evocative his description of the House of the Lion was. Robert writes: Close to the...
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Balkan Border Crossings

IMG_2583I’ve made the journey overland between Kosovo and Macedonia and Macedonia and Greece in the last couple of weeks. On both occasions I was with my children aged eight and three, first time with my husband, the second time just me on my own with the kids. It struck me that I didn’t really know what to expect on either occasion and that it might be he...
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The Final Countdown - Europe

IMG_3766  I've made it to: United Kingdom France Albania Austria Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kosovo Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portug...
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Two Perfect Tuscan Bed and Breakfasts

IMG_1852[caption id="attachment_926" align="alignnone" width="300"] All breakfasts should be like this one at Napiaia b&b. I’ve just had a very problematic stay at the Waldorf Palace Rimini: it may deserve a write-up of its own later. The silver lining is that fleeing it brought us to lovely Padova by accident. The stresses of the Waldorf Palace have ...
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