Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Book Review: Crete A Notebook: Journeys Through a Mystical Landscape by Richard Clark


‘I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.’ This sparse, profound prose forms the epitaph of the celebrated Cretan writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, who Richard Clark considers to have done ‘more to expound the Cretan spirit than any other writer’. The thought-provoking and poignant section on Kazantzakis encapsulates everything that is intellectuall...
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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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The Irish House during the Olympics 2012



  Travel Culture Magazine published my piece on what turned out to be the only one of the many fabled Olympics houses that I managed to visit during Summer 2012. I'd like to blame my extended travel writing trip to Abu Dhabi and the Maldives, but the fact that New Zealand's Kiwi House managed to burn down thanks to a maverick gas canister cert...
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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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The Fabulous Creatures of Herathera Island, Maldives

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Maldives Lizard
After an unforgettable eleven days spent gambolling around with hermit crabs, lizards and other fascinating fauna, I felt prompted to write an article about the unsung heroes of the Maldives: the animals that you find on land. The sealife, as I have written about elsewhere, is undeniably world-class and utterly beguiling, but it is a shame to let i...
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A Very Warm Herathera Island Resort Welcome

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I don't just mean the weather, either. After a really thrilling 10 minute speedboat ride from Gan airport, which felt nowhere near long enough even after the best part of a day traveling with two small children, we arrived at our island home for the next eleven days. The staff who efficiently collected us from the airport and escorted us by car dow...
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Luxury Adventures: Herathera Island Resort


Herathera Island Resort
I'm putting all the finishing touches together in preparation for my trip to Herathera Island Resort in the Maldives. The resort essentially comprises the whole island and there's plenty of things that I will be writing about over the coming weeks, from the local culture to the spa, the restaurants, to, of course, the incredible marine life. I don'...
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Brunch in Dubai

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Any visitor to, or resident of, Dubai will let you know that Friday brunch is both a national institution and a major treat. I wrote a guide to this interesting cultural phenomenon for Travel Culture Magazine, grounded particularly in my experiences with my family at the crazily OTT Ritz-Carlton "Splendido" brunch. We were staying at Atlantis The P...
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