Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time
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Top 2016 Destinations for Shopping and Adventure in the Middle East and Europe

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  After a recent first time trip to Kuwait, it's been fun to return to writing about destinations in the Middle East. I've had the pleasure of travelling all over the Persian Gulf, including three years living in Muscat and multiple trips to the UAE, but Dubai  remains the stand-out option for family fun and winter sun. Dubai has been firmly o...
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Chalet Toit du Monde, Val d’Isere, France

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This is the second in my series on stunning winter chalets for Passepartout Homes , the go-to global site for luxury holiday accommodation and corporate retreats. Of all the desirable French skiing locations, perhaps none is more iconic than Val D’Isere. With settlements dating back at least to the seventeenth century, and a key role in European sk...
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A Villa for All Seasons for Passepartout Homes

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Perhaps the greatest recent revelation of the European high end holiday rental sphere is that the best appointed villas can be year round destinations. As more and more people strive to benefit from the shoulder season, as well as inevitable travelling within peak times, it is timely to explore the theme of a villa for all seasons. Winter   &n...
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Shopping Highlights of Umbria

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Always a pleasure to write about shopping, especially for the wonderful Passepartout Homes When thinking of the shopping possibilities in Umbria, one of Italy’s most picturesque regions, the strongest association for most people are the local food and drink specialities. Umbria has several celebrated wines, including Orvieto and Sangiovese. The reg...
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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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The Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands for Passepartout Homes

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Faroe Islands. Photo courtesy of National Geographic.
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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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Two Great Restaurants in Andorra la Vella

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Ever 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

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My 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 an...
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Croatia’s Creative Rebranding: Olive Oil, Minibreaks and Bill Gates

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As 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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