Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Four Great October Half Term Destinations

For the October half term holidays, which for many schools last a fortnight, there are four truly inspiring destinations that are hard to beat for a genuine change of scene and pace. Morocco does cool down somewhat in the autumn, but still has temperatures in late October which bear very favourable comparison with Northern Europe. Though not its c...
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Five Romantic Villas to Propose to Your Loved One

Making a marriage proposal ranks right up there as one of life’s most exciting yet nerve-wracking experiences. Once you have decided to pop the question, where soon becomes a pressing query. It’s essential to make sure you’ve found the perfect place to hear that one word “yes”. As fuel for the imagination, here are five gorgeous places for lovers. ...
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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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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: 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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A Villa for All Seasons for Passepartout Homes

Chalet JejalpPerhaps the greatest recent revelation of the European high end holiday rental sphere is that the best appointed villas can be year round destinations. As more and more people strive to benefit from the shoulder season, as well as inevitable travelling within peak times, it is timely to explore the theme of a villa for all seasons. Winter   ...
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Where to Stay in the Faroe Islands

IMG_6207A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of a wonderful stay hosted by Jens Kristian Davidsen and Passepartout Homes at one of his apartments in the Faroe Islands. The three bedroom, two bathroom duplex apartment is pretty much ideally situated. It's in Tórshavn, one of the world's smallest and prettiest capital cities. That’s not all, though. The...
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Out on the Water: Two Unique Faroe Islands Boat Trips

IMG_6114In the charming downtown harbour area of the Faroese capital, Tórshavn, I picked up a fantastic speed boat which transported me across the high seas, run by local adventure tours experts RIB62. RIB62 offers a wide variety of adventures but the one I chose departed from Tórshavn on a clear, bright afternoon. Before we got started we were issued with...
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The Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands for Passepartout Homes

Solar eclipse in Faroe IslandsThe Faroe Islands are on every global news channel all week this week. Why? (In case you have been living in a cave?) Because these tiny, windswept islands between Iceland and Norway are the very best place in the whole world to watch the solar eclipse this Friday March 20 2015. That’s right. On the entire planet. Five fun facts about this solar...
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