Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Iconic London Markets: Camden

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Camden Market is London’s number one tourist attraction. Despite this, there are plenty of times to go to avoid the major crush and have a chilled out time browsing, particularly mornings between Monday and Wednesday. One excellent website I’ve been partnering with, pockethighstreet , cherry-picked a great itinerary of Camden boutiques to visit rec...
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The Chelsea Flower Show 2015

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This isn't one of my typical travel articles, more of an opportunity to unite some photographs  from this annual flora fest by using a bit of text. Ridiculously, I had never been to Chelsea Flower Show before, so I was very excited when I managed to get some tickets for Jonathan and I to go. Foolishly, I'd imagined the crowds might have abated by 5...
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A Short Stay in West Kensington with FG Properties

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Last week I had the pleasure, along with Jonathan (my husband) of sampling the offering of FG Properties , who provide what they rightly call a "fully curated service for guests" in a small suite of luxury central London apartments. Ours was a top floor two bedroom flat in a period property about two minutes' walk from West Kensington Station. For ...
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Where to Stay in the Faroe Islands

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A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of a wonderful stay hosted by Jens Kristian Davidsen and Passepartout Homes at one of his apartments in the Faroe Islands. The three bedroom, two bathroom duplex apartment is pretty much ideally situated. It's in Tórshavn , one of the world's smallest and prettiest capital cities. That’s not all, though. Th...
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Out on the Water: Two Unique Faroe Islands Boat Trips

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In the charming downtown harbour area of the Faroese capital, Tórshavn, I picked up a fantastic speed boat which transported me across the high seas, run by local adventure tours experts RIB62 . RIB62 offers a wide variety of adventures but the one I chose departed from Tórshavn on a clear, bright afternoon. Before we got started we were issued wit...
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Five Things for a Londoner to like about Bishkek

1) For UK nationals there are no VISA requirements or entry restrictions for a trip of less than 60 days' duration. Anyone familiar with travel in the former USSR will understand what a fabulous luxury this is. The passport control at Bishkek airport seems to be absolutely super too, fast and friendly. Again, compare and contrast with some of its n...
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The Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands for Passepartout Homes

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Faroe Islands. Photo courtesy of National Geographic.
Sheep at Faroe Islands Photo courtesy of BBC.co.uk
View from apartment The Blue Sail
The Faroe Islands are on every global news channel all week this week. Why? (In case you have been living in a cave?) Because these tiny, windswept islands between Iceland and Norway are the very best place in the whole world to watch the solar eclipse this Friday March 20 2015 . That’s right. On the entire planet. Five fun facts about this solar e...
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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 World's Best Airports for Families for Passepartout Homes

Family facilities at Heathrow Airport via heathrowairport.com
Family Services at Zürich Airport (photo via zurich-airport.com)
Kids' Spot at SFO Airport (photo via flysfo.com)
I'm delighted with the buzz this piece that I wrote for Passepartout Homes  has generated. Frequent air travellers with children will have noted a quiet revolution taking place over the last few years. The international aviation service industry has finally decided to raise its game with this enormous and previously neglected demographic. Until rec...
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National Art Museum and Pushkin's House, Chisinau

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I almost walked past the National Art Museum because it's currently under restoration... It's not entirely closed, though, and for 10 Leu it was worth wandering around. It seems to be set in a slightly dilapidated mansion, but boasts a few pieces, including this haunting painting, The Cranes Have Left, by Mihai Grecu. I was rather taken with these ...
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