Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Highlights of Pula, Sardinia

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Sardinia has long been recognised as a gem of the Mediterranean. Southern Sardinia is perhaps lesser-known thanks to the Northern enticements of Alghero and the Costa Smeralda, which is a pity, because the stunning small town of Pula risks being overlooked. I was prompted to write an article detailing its highlights for Got Saga . Pula's main squar...
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Great Hoteliers' Stories: Shibden Mill Inn, one of the Great Inns of Britain

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 Start the day the Shibden way……..

Ever since I had the pleasure of meeting Simon Heaton, who owns the historic Shibden Mill Inn in West Yorkshire with his wife Caitlin, I’ve been keen to tell the story of his involvement with the establishment. The Shibden Mill Inn dates back to the seventeenth century, when it was a corn mill, powered by Red Beck, which still flows past the front ...
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Montenegro: Mules, Metal and More for Travel Culture Magazine







A recent visit to Europe’s newest nation turned into a series of rather unexpected adventures. Montenegro is a really beautiful country with a pleasant temperate climate, lovely coastline and some important historic sites. It also has numerous quirks and eccentricities, if my experience is anything to go by. I recently headed to Kotor Bay, where, b...
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Villa Karalis Two: The Sardinia Villa Collection

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The Sardinia Villa Collection represents a diverse portfolio, with the common thread of quality, concierge service and bespoke elements. During our recent stay at Villa Karalis Two, we were particularly grateful for all the careful touches for small children, from beach towels to movies. You can even ask in advance for baby food and diapers to be p...
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Villa Dei Pini

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I’ve just returned from an exceptional press trip to Sardinia, where I’ve learned so much about an incredible island’s history, anthropology, cuisine and bespoke travel options. There is plenty that I want to write but first of all I have to rave about one of the most extraordinary holiday homes that I have ever visited, Villa Dei Pini , part of Th...
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The Sardinia Villa Collection: Deals

I am looking forward to writing  a few features about Southern Sardinia over the next days and weeks, but was keen initially to draw readers' attention to some time-specific offers that are available now at the gorgeous Sardinia Villa Collection . Villa Verde, Porto Rotondo, offers a 40% discount on dates between late June and early July 2012.With ...
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The Car Rental Headache Solved

Pretty much anyone needs to think about car hire on their global journeys at some point. Most of us retain traumatic childhood memories of sitting in a dingy car rental waiting room at an airport in the small hours, playing with the vending machines and waiting for the endless process of vehicle selection and haggling to just...end. That's why I've...
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Cultural Tour of Gdansk, Poland




Gdansk is hardly undiscovered as a chocolate box tourist destination, but after taking my kids there I noticed that there was a lot less written about its many attractions for children. These include a few really excellent museums, including the Polish Maritime Museum, the Amber Museum and The Solidarity Museum. I wrote an article for Travel Cultur...
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Two Gratuitous Shots That I Took of Viennese Confectionery



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Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire with the Great Inns of Britain



I used to visit Fountain's Abbey as a young girl in Yorkshire, and it was a privilege to return to this haunting and incredibly well-preserved site with the Great Inns of Britain and Historic Hotels of Europe . Got Saga published my piece about this extraordinary 800 year old Cistercian abbey complex, which is now also Yorkshire's first world herit...
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