Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Straffan, County Kildare

Ireland and Qatar 012On a recent, fantastic visit to Barberstown Castle, I also took the opportunity to explore the village that Barberstown lies on the edge of, Straffan. Straffan boasts a Steam Museum and a Butterfly Farm, but I was there off season, so I had to get a bit more creative about my activities. (Apparently when the Steam Museum is open, Robert Guinness hi...
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Maldives: Local Luxuries

Maldives boatsI've written about Herathera Island Resort in the Maldives on previous occasions after a fabulous trip there a few months ago. I was very pleased to see my article on Herathera and on locally-produced luxury go up on the Travel Belles site last week. The fragility of the ecosystem in the Maldives gets you thinking about conservation issues and risi...
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The Lakes of Germany's Black Forest: Schluchsee and Titisee

Before my recent Historic Traveller Grand Tour, I was unfamiliar with the Black Forest, and it was wonderful to bring the folk tales and legends to life during my visit. One lovely unexpected feature of the region was the lakes between the trees, providing the opportunity for all kinds of watersports, hiking, and of course tomantic dining gazing ou...
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The Historic Traveller's Memorable Stay at the Waldhaus Sils

Waldhaus Indian summer 2The Waldhaus Sils outside St Moritz is hands down one of the most characterful and extraordinary places I have ever had the chance to stay, and rave about in writing. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I visited. It's the kind of place where most of the guests have obviously been coming back for their fix for year upon year. The W...
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Country Collecting: My Day Trip to Liechtenstein

New House Switzerland Liechtenstein 158Regular readers are all too aware of my somewhat nerdy compulsion to collect countries, and my commitment to visiting every country in the world. What I'm happy to report is that so far, this hobby has been entirely pleasurable, and I have genuinely been able to find a multitude of unexpected discoveries and engaging sights wherever I have been: no...
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Eco-tourism in the Maldives

Maldives fish  My readers will know by now that a trip to the Maldives last summer left me feeling passionately concerned about the ecological issues facing the fragile islands there, from both rising sea levels and the booming tourist trade. I ended up reading around the subject extensively and published an article specifically on this angle of our Mal...
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The Cranley: A Classic London Hotel

The Cranley Hotel in South Kensington takes good service very seriously, as I discovered whilst enjoying afternoon tea there recently. A boutique hotel in one of London's loveliest areas, I took the time to write about all of its best features for Got Saga.   The hotel offers easy access to the Serpentine Gallery, Natural History Museum, V...
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Magnificent Marine Encounters in the Maldives

The sea life in the Maldives is one of those experiences that sounds irritatingly folkloric when other people try to describe it to you. Baby sharks swim into the shallows and take bits of your breakfast off you. Really? You can see turtles, dolphins and rays most days without even diving. Really? The sea is so clear and swimming pool-like that you...
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Imperial Standards of Hospitality at Herathera Island Resort

We had such a positive experience staying at the private hideaway of Herathera Island Resort in the Maldives, that in addition to writing pieces about local luxuries and eco-tourism in the Maldives, I was also keen to really write about the key factors at the resort that made it such an appealing destination. The appropriately-named Imperial Hospit...
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My piece for the Lost Girls, all about dining in Kiev

I've wanted to have the opportunity to write for the wonderful Lost Girls site for a long time, and I've been a reader and fan girl of the site pretty much since it started. It turned out that a slightly quirky article on food in Kiev, from kossoack cuisine to sushi, via lard and honey pepper vodka shots, was exactly the right topic for my first ar...
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