Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

National Art Museum and Pushkin's House, Chisinau

IMG_5593I 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 ...
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Tips for Visiting Corcovado Cristo Redentor Rio

IMG_5464Having made it now to not only two of Rio de Janeiro's biggest attractions but two of the biggest tourist sites in the world, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, I wanted to share a few of my first hand findings. This first piece of two deals with Cristo Redentor. A Google search was surprisingly irritating on how to get the statue that wel...
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Five Brilliant Belgrade Children’s Restaurants

IMG_4044The web is heaving with restaurant recommendations for Belgrade, Serbia's capital, and rightly so – the food is beyond fabulous, with wonderfully good value fine dining and slow cooking on every street. It’s much harder, though, to get any immediate sense of which establishments might welcome children and cater for them effectively. Our four year o...
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A Hot Tub in a River?

IMG_4269Yes. A hot tub in a river. This was one of many delights I was promised by my guide on my first ever trip to Dominica, Pepper, the legendary local expert with his unmistakeable vehicle. There's plenty more to tell but I just had to put the word out there about this mind-blowing natural phenomenon. Set on the far back of an Edenic black sand r...
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Two Great Restaurants in Andorra la Vella

IMG_4191Ever the soul of discretion, I won’t mention the three people who have recently remarked to me about the difficulty of finding a good restaurant in Andorra la Vella. I’m always keen to help, though, so it seems only fair to share that I found not one but two perfectly pleasant restaurants right in the city centre last weekend. Before praising them...
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My Bulgaria Destination Guide for Passepartout Homes

9H5XfWt9qJSybQSIUGmkMuCNst2QxhOhQj-hXBTQcbIMy Bulgaria Destination Guide for Passepartout Homes An increasing number of tourists are choosing Bulgaria as an alternative to the Alps during the winter and summer seasons for its skiing, scenery and natural wonders. Once they’ve arrived in this beautiful Southern European nation of contrasts, they discover the culturally rich cities of Sofia a...
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Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka

IMG_3251  Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka For Hospitality Directory (I love writing for Hospitality Directory and this is my most recent article for them). For most foreign visitors to Sri Lanka, a visit to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage outside Kandy is near the top of their to-do list. But how do you actually get to the orphanage, and should you...
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Colombo: Culture and Cuisine

IMG_3106For Hospitality Directory The received wisdom about Colombo is that you leave as soon as possible to explore the true attractions of Sri Lanka – the beaches, tea plantations and historic city of Kandy. Although those are all undeniably wonderful, we were keen to spend some time exploring this rather overlooked South Asian capital. The recent buil...
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Croatia’s Creative Rebranding: Olive Oil, Minibreaks and Bill Gates

Istria 2As part of the World Travel Market late last year, I was invited to a fascinating Croatian olive oil tasting by Rooster PR Agency. As I know from my own time in Croatia, the outstanding coastline sells itself: it’s pristine and gorgeous. What’s interesting about the new pitch is that Croatia is being positioned as an ideal short break destination ...
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Kandy Bats and Monkeys

IMG_3256I was never going to make a visit to the beautiful Sri Lankan city of Kandy without a stroll around the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens, at the entrance to the city in the suburb of Peradeniya. Astonishingly, the history of the gardens can be traced back almost 650 years, to 1371. Its current status came about during the eighteenth century reign ...
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