Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

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

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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The Alford Arms: A Perfect Country Pub

Phileas French made a very exciting discovery last night.  Somewhere I’ve been looking for North of London for a surprisingly long time. The perfect country pub for food and drink. Most people have a favourite pub, or one they favour for food, one for real ale, whatever. If you haven’t trawled Home Counties drinking spots with my dogged enthusiasm...
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Best Village Museum Ever?

IMG_2897Just 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 fa...
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Hidden Highlights of Thessaloniki

IMG_2673To 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

IMG_2675I'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 bee...
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Cervaiole Marble Quarries

IMG_1937A 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’...
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Balkan Border Crossings

IMG_2583I’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

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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They Said Don’t Go to Venice in August…

IMG_2495I’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 h...
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