Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Two Perfect Tuscan Bed and Breakfasts

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[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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They Said Don’t Go to Venice in August…

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I’ve bought into the scaremongering about giving Venice a miss during Agosto for twenty years. Now here I am on a family trip through Italy with two children who’ve never seen it and a husband I haven’t been with since we had our very first holiday here. Missing out on Venice during our trip from Treviso to San Marino was not an option. In all hone...
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The Quintessential Versilian Village of Seravezza

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Situated in the province of Lucca and the Apuan Alps park, Seravezza is a classic Versilian village that nevertheless harbours a few distinctive eccentricities, including a mysterious skeleton. Proximity to the Cervaiole marble quarries and sponsorship through the centuries by powerful patrons such as Grand Duke Leopold II has ensured that Seravezz...
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Seven of the Best Places to Eat with Kids in Vilnius

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There’s some helpful writing on eating out in Lithuania’s genteel and charming capital, Vilnius. Even so, I really struggled to collate the data around the best places to eat with kids, so I thought that I’d come up with my own. Cili Kaimas This traditional folk restaurant , especially the 8 Vokiečių gatvė outlet, reeks of tourist trap, but since w...
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Family Fun: the Summer Season at the Waldhaus Sils

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I had the great good fortune to stay at the Waldhaus Sils , one of the Swiss Historic Hotels last September, when the 2012 summer season was still in full swing, with cow bells ringing out in the perfect, clear sunny mountain air. The Waldhaus is proud of its rich heritage, which it absolutely should be considering that this is its 106th summer…! I...
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Dodge Clubbing for Cretaceous Creatures at the Thalassa Museum, Agia Napa, Cyprus

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How often do you get to go into a museum with no-one else in it? We were rather thrilled to fossil record onwards. The three storey structure is very architecturally appealing, partially constructed of wood, marble and onyx. It’s open every day during the summer season and even during the winter season only closes on Sundays. There’s some (limited)...
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My New Highlights of Tuscan Cuisine

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As with so many towns in Versilia, Camaiore has understated charm. The attractions and the really complex and committed culinary practices reveal themselves over time.  A recent trip with Wish Versilia ensured that my knowledge as well as waistline was expanded. As a  previous resident of Milan and frequent visitor to other culinary capitals of Ita...
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Gombitelli: Lardo and Language Islands

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As the minibus climbed higher into the hills on its ways to the beautiful Versilian village of Gombitelli, the views of the valley and sea below began to take on a slightly misty look. This is the famous “Tuscan haze”, where at this time of year, the amount of pollen from the greenery everywhere gives each landscape the sheen of Renaissance art. Ar...
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Limassol and Lefkara

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Limassol (Lemessos) is the second biggest city in Cyprus, with all the associated pluses and minuses that you might expect. After negotiating kilometres of nondescript suburbs, albeit with some lovely sea views, you reach the old town. It’s classic Med: scooters roaring by, alleyways with ancient guys smoking and drinking at rickety tables, parrots...
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Visit Cyprus Now

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I’ve just come back from Cyprus, and whilst I’ll be writing several detailed pieces on different areas and attractions, for starters I wanted to put out a simple plea: go there. Now. Of course, there are purely pragmatic reasons to head to Cyprus. The current crisis has created an environment of good deals, and availability of accommodation is bett...
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