Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Best Village Museum Ever?

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Just had to write a quick piece about the loveliness of the Romanian Village Museum , after a visit there today. Granted, it was the perfect autumn day, with me and both children crunching through amber leaves in our t-shirts and gazing out over the lake. Even so, the loving preservation of the historically significant houses and churches in a fair...
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Hidden Highlights of Thessaloniki

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To a certain extent, the whole city of Thessaloniki flies slightly under the radar of most travellers, who tend to either dart on and out on business trips or cruises, or head straight to the beach mecca of Chalkidiki. A sprawling, congested city with most street signs exclusively in Greek script, it can be hard to get to know and love without a fe...
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A Potted History of Thessaloniki

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I'm delighted to have a new client, Today's Growth Consultant , who've asked me to write city guides on a number of destinations that I've had the pleasure of getting to know. Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city in terms of population and importance after Athens, has been a settlement since at least 300BC and for much of its chequered past has been ...
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Cervaiole Marble Quarries

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A quarry trip might not be at the top of everybody’s wish list, but I was pretty much beside myself with excitement at the chance to visit the Cervaiole marble quarries during the Wish Versilia Blog Tour in Tuscany. I’d studied the quarries during my last year at Oxford on the High Renaissance in Rome and Florence module, and ever since then they’d...
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Balkan Border Crossings

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I’ve made the journey overland between Kosovo and Macedonia and Macedonia and Greece in the last couple of weeks. On both occasions I was with my children aged eight and three, first time with my husband, the second time just me on my own with the kids. It struck me that I didn’t really know what to expect on either occasion and that it might be he...
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The Final Countdown - Europe

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  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 Portugal Russia San Marino Slovakia Slov...
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They Said Don’t Go to Venice in August…

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I’ve bought into the scaremongering about giving Venice a miss during Agosto for twenty years. Now here I am on a family trip through Italy with two children who’ve never seen it and a husband I haven’t been with since we had our very first holiday here. Missing out on Venice during our trip from Treviso to San Marino was not an option. In all hone...
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The Quintessential Versilian Village of Seravezza

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Situated in the province of Lucca and the Apuan Alps park, Seravezza is a classic Versilian village that nevertheless harbours a few distinctive eccentricities, including a mysterious skeleton. Proximity to the Cervaiole marble quarries and sponsorship through the centuries by powerful patrons such as Grand Duke Leopold II has ensured that Seravezz...
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Family Fun: the Summer Season at the Waldhaus Sils

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I had the great good fortune to stay at the Waldhaus Sils , one of the Swiss Historic Hotels last September, when the 2012 summer season was still in full swing, with cow bells ringing out in the perfect, clear sunny mountain air. The Waldhaus is proud of its rich heritage, which it absolutely should be considering that this is its 106th summer…! I...
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My New Highlights of Tuscan Cuisine

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As with so many towns in Versilia, Camaiore has understated charm. The attractions and the really complex and committed culinary practices reveal themselves over time.  A recent trip with Wish Versilia ensured that my knowledge as well as waistline was expanded. As a  previous resident of Milan and frequent visitor to other culinary capitals of Ita...
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