Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

National Art Museum and Pushkin's House, Chisinau

IMG_5593I almost walked past the National Art Museum because it's currently under restoration... It's not entirely closed, though, and for 10 Leu it was worth wandering around. It seems to be set in a slightly dilapidated mansion, but boasts a few pieces, including this haunting painting, The Cranes Have Left, by Mihai Grecu. I was rather taken with ...
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Tips for Visiting Corcovado Cristo Redentor Rio

IMG_5464Having made it now to not only two of Rio de Janeiro's biggest attractions but two of the biggest tourist sites in the world, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, I wanted to share a few of my first hand findings. This first piece of two deals with Cristo Redentor. A Google search was surprisingly irritating on how to get the statue that wel...
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Five Brilliant Belgrade Children’s Restaurants

IMG_4044The web is heaving with restaurant recommendations for Belgrade, Serbia's capital, and rightly so – the food is beyond fabulous, with wonderfully good value fine dining and slow cooking on every street. It’s much harder, though, to get any immediate sense of which establishments might welcome children and cater for them effectively. Our four year o...
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A Hot Tub in a River?

IMG_4269Yes. A hot tub in a river. This was one of many delights I was promised by my guide on my first ever trip to Dominica, Pepper, the legendary local expert with his unmistakeable vehicle. There's plenty more to tell but I just had to put the word out there about this mind-blowing natural phenomenon. Set on the far back of an Edenic black sand r...
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Two Great Restaurants in Andorra la Vella

IMG_4191Ever 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

9H5XfWt9qJSybQSIUGmkMuCNst2QxhOhQj-hXBTQcbIMy 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 a...
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Major Attractions of Istanbul: Guest Post by Alice Jerusha

Sultan Ahmed Mosque Istanbul Turkey retouched.jpg  I am very grateful for this guest post from Alice Jerusha, who has taken me down Memory Lane with her piece on one of the world's most memorable and iconic cities. Istanbul: A Different Kind of Experience in a Land where East Meets West From a high vantage point in an elevated park area, you can see the azure waters of the Bosporus and ...
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Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka

IMG_3251  Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka For Hospitality Directory (I love writing for Hospitality Directory and this is my most recent article for them). For most foreign visitors to Sri Lanka, a visit to the Pinnawala elephant orphanage outside Kandy is near the top of their to-do list. But how do you actually get to the orphanage, and should you...
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Is it Safe to Visit Minsk as a Solo Female Traveller?

IMG_3638According to a Skyscanner survey a few years back, Minsk is the second least visited European capital (Chisinau, Moldova is the first, fact fans). That meant that when I visited Minsk alone a couple of weeks ago it wasn’t quite as easy to get a handle on what I could expect as it would be if I’d been hopping off to Paris or Rome. I’ve written pr...
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Is it Safe to Visit Pristina, Kosovo with Children?

IMG_2585The second most popular question that I get asked about my travel work is whether x or y location is safe for children/a woman travelling on her own. (The first most popular question, as a matter of record, is “What were you doing *there*??”) I’ve finally got around to starting a series of articles with my take on the relative safety of various lo...
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