Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

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

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 awak...
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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 Altaser...
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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 diff...
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The Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort for Kids

IMG_5227I 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

IMG_2970Right 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

Mystery_Maps_LogoOne 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 ...
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My Great North Run

Great North RunBit 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 ...
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An Introduction to Prishtina

IMG_2598Prishtina, capital of one of Europe’s younger nations, Kosovo, is, legitimately but regrettably, entirely associated with war and tragedy in the international consciousness. News reports from the conflict in the Balkans and the ethnic cleansing which Kosovan Albanians were subjected to are planted indelibly in most people’s minds. Mercifully, this ...
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The Final Countdown - Europe

IMG_3766  I've made it to: United Kingdom France Albania Austria Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kosovo Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portug...
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The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

Ireland and Qatar 129There are plenty of attractions in the fabulously wealthy city of tomorrow, Doha, and the number is growing all the time. Time will tell on some of the burgeoning buildings, but one already stands out as indisputably world-class, the Museum of Islamic Art. Set on a manmade island, it’s swiftly become the symbol of the city and, like the Burjs Khal...
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