Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

The Chelsea Flower Show 2015

IMG_6355This isn't one of my typical travel articles, more of an opportunity to unite some photographs  from this annual flora fest by using a bit of text. Ridiculously, I had never been to Chelsea Flower Show before, so I was very excited when I managed to get some tickets for Jonathan and I to go. Foolishly, I'd imagined the crowds might have abated by...
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A Short Stay in West Kensington with FG Properties

IMG_6499Last week I had the pleasure, along with Jonathan (my husband) of sampling the offering of FG Properties, who provide what they rightly call a "fully curated service for guests" in a small suite of luxury central London apartments. Ours was a top floor two bedroom flat in a period property about two minutes' walk from West Kensington Station. For t...
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Where to Stay in the Faroe Islands

IMG_6207A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of a wonderful stay hosted by Jens Kristian Davidsen and Passepartout Homes at one of his apartments in the Faroe Islands. The three bedroom, two bathroom duplex apartment is pretty much ideally situated. It's in Tórshavn, one of the world's smallest and prettiest capital cities. That’s not all, though. The...
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So simple, so useful...The Vector Cupholder

IMG_5902With my lifestyle, always on the road, I keep a nigh-on fanatical look-out for any gadgets or techno shortcuts to make my life easier. Courtesy of its charismatic inventor, Cliff Thier, one such item has appeared in my life recently, the Vector Cupholder. It's really lightweight, but durable. It's got a great little turn and click mechanism to sec...
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Out on the Water: Two Unique Faroe Islands Boat Trips

IMG_6114In 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 with...
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Turning the clock back with my visit to Halebid

Figurines on the outer wall[1]I am delighted to welcome the first guest post from Sonali Sengupta, who takes us on a fascinating cultural tour of Halebid and Belur. Marveling at the architectural and technological brilliance of our ancestors has always been a favorite passion of mine. That’s why during my last visit to Bangalore, I was only too happy to squeeze in a trip to Ha...
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Five Things for a Londoner to like about Bishkek

1) For UK nationals there are no VISA requirements or entry restrictions for a trip of less than 60 days' duration. Anyone familiar with travel in the former USSR will understand what a fabulous luxury this is. The passport control at Bishkek airport seems to be absolutely super too, fast and friendly. Again, compare and contrast with some of its n...
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The Solar Eclipse in the Faroe Islands for Passepartout Homes

Solar eclipse in Faroe IslandsThe 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...
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The Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort for Kids

IMG_5227I am nine and I stayed at the Sheraton near Leblon at Christmas with my parents and my little sister who is five. It was the first time that any of us had been to Rio or even to Brazil. I thought that I would write a review of the hotel so it’s easier to see what it’s like for kids. Right now there are not that many hotels or resorts in Rio that ar...
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