Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time
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The Historic Traveller's Memorable Stay at the Waldhaus Sils

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The 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 ...
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Country Collecting: My Day Trip to Liechtenstein

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Regular 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 intellectuall...
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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

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Sardinia 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 squar...
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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

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The 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

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I’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 Th...
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The Sardinia Villa Collection: Deals

I am looking forward to writing  a few features about Southern Sardinia over the next days and weeks, but was keen initially to draw readers' attention to some time-specific offers that are available now at the gorgeous Sardinia Villa Collection . Villa Verde, Porto Rotondo, offers a 40% discount on dates between late June and early July 2012.With ...
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The Car Rental Headache Solved

Pretty much anyone needs to think about car hire on their global journeys at some point. Most of us retain traumatic childhood memories of sitting in a dingy car rental waiting room at an airport in the small hours, playing with the vending machines and waiting for the endless process of vehicle selection and haggling to just...end. That's why I've...
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