Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Five Romantic Villas to Propose to Your Loved One

Making a marriage proposal ranks right up there as one of life’s most exciting yet nerve-wracking experiences. Once you have decided to pop the question, where soon becomes a pressing query. It’s essential to make sure you’ve found the perfect place to hear that one word “yes”. As fuel for the imagination, here are five gorgeous places for lovers. ...
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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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Top 2016 Destinations for Shopping and Adventure in the Middle East and Europe

DSC00638  After a recent first time trip to Kuwait, it's been fun to return to writing about destinations in the Middle East. I've had the pleasure of travelling all over the Persian Gulf, including three years living in Muscat and multiple trips to the UAE, but Dubai remains the stand-out option for family fun and winter sun. Dubai has been firml...
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Chalet Toit du Monde, Val d’Isere, France

chalet toit du mondeThis is the second in my series on stunning winter chalets for Passepartout Homes, the go-to global site for luxury holiday accommodation and corporate retreats. Of all the desirable French skiing locations, perhaps none is more iconic than Val D’Isere. With settlements dating back at least to the seventeenth century, and a key role in European sk...
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The perfect chalet in the Rhodope Mountains for Passepartout Homes

Villa GellaThis is the first of two feature articles for the wonderful Passepartout Homes about their exceptional villa offerings. Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains have justifiably found their place on the global ski map in recent years, thanks to an unusual and appealing combination of reliably fantastic winter conditions, great value and compelling folk histor...
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Tips and Tricks for Visiting Miraflores Lock, Panama Canal

DSC00063There are, of course, plenty of ways to visit the Panama Canal for the first time. We were approaching from the Pacific side, and wanted to get up close after several passes over the Bridge of the Americas. The Panama Canal celebrated its 100th birthday last year. Of the three locks dotting its Pacific to Atlantic span, Miraflores is by far the mo...
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Five Luxury Stocking Fillers for Passepartout Homes

Just as the pre-Christmas season seems to extend annually, so too do the range of tantalising retail options available during November and December. It can be difficult to unpick truly luxurious items of lasting quality, particularly when shopping for appealing stocking fillers rather than sure-fire large items. It is also surprisingly easy to fal...
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Shopping Highlights of Umbria

NorcineriaAlways a pleasure to write about shopping, especially for the wonderful Passepartout Homes When thinking of the shopping possibilities in Umbria, one of Italy’s most picturesque regions, the strongest association for most people are the local food and drink specialities. Umbria has several celebrated wines, including Orvieto and Sangiovese. The re...
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The Memorable Pleasures of the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait City

IMG_7441I have just had the privilege of staying in a fabulous hotel, the Radisson Blu, in a fascinating place, Kuwait City. Sad to say, I had never visited Kuwait before, but I made up for lost time on my recent trip. I could not have been made to feel more welcome by the hotel, starting with an excellent meet and greet service at the airport. After an e...
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Introducing what we do and our unique offering – Spanish Marks

Click for OptionsI'm delighted to host a Guest Post by Phiroza Marker, co-founder of Spanish Marks, on a unique Spanish school and the wonderful country of Guatemala. Search for Guatemala on any travel website and it would be hard to see anything other than a country whose beauty is undeniable. Soaring volcanoes, forested mountains and ancient Mayan ruins speckl...
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