Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Five Best Villas for Business Retreats for Passepartout Homes






  Few seasoned luxury travellers would dispute that a villa in a stunning part of Southern Europe is the ideal setting for the perfect holiday. However, there are certain properties which also provide an innovative and inspiring environment for a business retreat. A private space which sponsors clarity of thought, corporate bonding, and the op...
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Nine of the Best Villas with Direct Beach Access for Passepartout Homes









  What makes the perfect sea front property? Direct access to a beautiful beach must surely be at the top of the list. With these nine ultra-luxe villas enjoying such a feature, there are the added benefits of a globally renowned setting, a balmy climate, and a stunning range of attractions, land and sea, right outside the door. Thailand makes...
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The Emirates Airline Cable Car


I was pretty late to the party catching a ride on this but it was worth the wait. And, yes, there was a slightly tedious wait with a fractious baby in a stroller. I plan to get back there at a less crowded time. Once it gets started all those frustrations are forgotten though. The UK's first urban cable car, it was opened just in time for the Londo...
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Sweeps Festival Rochester




    For various reasons over recent years, major festivals have left me cold. Christmas, Easter. Meh. Don't even get me started on Mother's Day. Regular readers will know that I'm a Halloween fanatic. But this year I decided that it was time to go large on May Day too. Twenty years ago at Teddy Hall, Oxford, everyone had to stay awake all...
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The Best Villas for Wine Lovers for Passepartout Homes








The Best Villas for Wine Lovers There are a growing number of wine connoisseurs who wish to combine a bucolic holiday setting with a high quality wine tasting experience, as well as an education in new or unusual vintages in the site that is producing them. Italy has some of the most alluring villas for wine lovers in Europe.  Villa Altaserra ...
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The Best Ever Travel Pillow Trtl




  Let me be clear. I have tried A LOT of travel pillows. I think we all know what the majority of them are like. That strange bean bag texture. Or alternately sagging and hard in all the wrong places. So I was excited to trial the Trtl pillow and I wasn't disappointed. Soft and fleecy yet reinforced enough for support, it has a range of differ...
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The Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort for Kids

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I am nine and I stayed at the Sheraton near Leblon at Christmas with my parents and my little sister who is five. It was the first time that any of us had been to Rio or even to Brazil. I thought that I would write a review of the hotel so it’s easier to see what it’s like for kids. Right now there are not that many hotels or resorts in Rio that ar...
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The National Portrait Gallery, London

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Right in the heart of London, a few minutes’ stroll from Leicester Square or Charing Cross Underground stations, the National Portrait Gallery has been one of the world’s most important public portrait collections since it opened in 1856. It’s got nearly 200,000 portraits dating back hundreds of years, including some of the most iconic images from ...
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Mystery Map: Beasts of Britain

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One of the many great stories that Mystery Map will be covering tomorrow night is the sightings of Big Cats which have been entertaining Britons pretty much since giant sabre-toothed cats died out here, it seems. The Mystery Map survey of Britain's views regarding the paranormal turned up swathes of interesting and surprising facts. Do you think th...
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My Great North Run

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Bit of a break from the usual content of my travel posts, but after completing the world’s biggest half marathon for charity (in two hours and 28 minutes, just to get that in there), I thought it might be helpful to give some sense of what the experience is like. As the race drew near, I found myself getting far more nervous about whether I would g...
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