Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

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

The Highlights and Highlife of North Zealand

Denmark and Latvia 165On a recent visit to this stunning coastal part of Denmark, just a short drive from Copenhagen, I visited two Historic Hotels of Europe, the Helenekilde Badehotel and the Gilleleje Badehotel. Whilst both share romantic views across the sea to Sweden, sensational sunsets and a hip, New England-style chic married with classic Danish design and cuisin...
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Cultural Highlights of Bergün, Switzerland

My work as the Historic Traveller for the Historic Hotels of Europe granted me the opportunity to visit and write about the wonderful Swiss town of Bergün. I was fortunate to be staying at the Kurhaus Bergün, which is a warm and friendly but rather grand residence on the outskirts of the town. Everything is within easy walking distance, from the gi...
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The Historic Traveller's Memorable Stay at the Waldhaus Sils

Waldhaus Indian summer 2The Waldhaus Sils outside St Moritz is hands down one of the most characterful and extraordinary places I have ever had the chance to stay, and rave about in writing. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I visited. It's the kind of place where most of the guests have obviously been coming back for their fix for year upon year. The W...
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Country Collecting: My Day Trip to Liechtenstein

New House Switzerland Liechtenstein 158Regular readers are all too aware of my somewhat nerdy compulsion to collect countries, and my commitment to visiting every country in the world. What I'm happy to report is that so far, this hobby has been entirely pleasurable, and I have genuinely been able to find a multitude of unexpected discoveries and engaging sights wherever I have been: no...
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Book Review: Crete A Notebook: Journeys Through a Mystical Landscape by Richard Clark

‘I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.’ This sparse, profound prose forms the epitaph of the celebrated Cretan writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, who Richard Clark considers to have done ‘more to expound the Cretan spirit than any other writer’. The thought-provoking and poignant section on Kazantzakis encapsulates everything that is intellectual...
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My piece for the Lost Girls, all about dining in Kiev

I've wanted to have the opportunity to write for the wonderful Lost Girls site for a long time, and I've been a reader and fan girl of the site pretty much since it started. It turned out that a slightly quirky article on food in Kiev, from kossoack cuisine to sushi, via lard and honey pepper vodka shots, was exactly the right topic for my first ar...
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Highlights of Pula, Sardinia

Pula 2Sardinia has long been recognised as a gem of the Mediterranean. Southern Sardinia is perhaps lesser-known thanks to the Northern enticements of Alghero and the Costa Smeralda, which is a pity, because the stunning small town of Pula risks being overlooked. I was prompted to write an article detailing its highlights for Got Saga. Pula's main squ...
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Montenegro: Mules, Metal and More for Travel Culture Magazine

A recent visit to Europe’s newest nation turned into a series of rather unexpected adventures. Montenegro is a really beautiful country with a pleasant temperate climate, lovely coastline and some important historic sites. It also has numerous quirks and eccentricities, if my experience is anything to go by. I recently headed to Kotor Bay, where, b...
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Villa Karalis Two: The Sardinia Villa Collection

Villa Karalis Two 1The Sardinia Villa Collection represents a diverse portfolio, with the common thread of quality, concierge service and bespoke elements. During our recent stay at Villa Karalis Two, we were particularly grateful for all the careful touches for small children, from beach towels to movies. You can even ask in advance for baby food and diapers to be p...
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Villa Dei Pini

Villa dei Pini 1I’ve just returned from an exceptional press trip to Sardinia, where I’ve learned so much about an incredible island’s history, anthropology, cuisine and bespoke travel options. There is plenty that I want to write but first of all I have to rave about one of the most extraordinary holiday homes that I have ever visited, Villa Dei Pini, part of The...
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