Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Two Great Restaurants in Andorra la Vella

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Ever the soul of discretion, I won’t mention the three people who have recently remarked to me about the difficulty of finding a good restaurant in Andorra la Vella. I’m always keen to help, though, so it seems only fair to share that I found not one but two perfectly pleasant restaurants right in the city centre last weekend. Before praising them,...
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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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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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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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When to Go: San Marino

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I was pleased to be asked to write a couple of pages for When To Go recently, and this first one is all about the delightful little Republic of San Marino. When to go to San Marino?  San Marino, Europe’s third smallest country after the Vatican City and Monaco, has that rarest of things in European history: an ancient but benign lineage. It has car...
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Best Village Museum Ever?

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Just 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 fair...
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Hidden Highlights of Thessaloniki

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To 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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Balkan Border Crossings

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I’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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