Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

National Art Museum and Pushkin's House, Chisinau

IMG_5593I almost walked past the National Art Museum because it's currently under restoration... It's not entirely closed, though, and for 10 Leu it was worth wandering around. It seems to be set in a slightly dilapidated mansion, but boasts a few pieces, including this haunting painting, The Cranes Have Left, by Mihai Grecu. I was rather taken with ...
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Five Brilliant Belgrade Children’s Restaurants

IMG_4044The web is heaving with restaurant recommendations for Belgrade, Serbia's capital, and rightly so – the food is beyond fabulous, with wonderfully good value fine dining and slow cooking on every street. It’s much harder, though, to get any immediate sense of which establishments might welcome children and cater for them effectively. Our four year o...
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Two Great Restaurants in Andorra la Vella

IMG_4191Ever 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

9H5XfWt9qJSybQSIUGmkMuCNst2QxhOhQj-hXBTQcbIMy 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 a...
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Is it Safe to Visit Minsk as a Solo Female Traveller?

IMG_3638According 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 pr...
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Is it Safe to Visit Pristina, Kosovo with Children?

IMG_2585The 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 lo...
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How to Get Into Belarus

IMG_3594Wow. 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 vi...
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Croatia’s Creative Rebranding: Olive Oil, Minibreaks and Bill Gates

Istria 2As 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

IMG_2512I 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?

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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