Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Five Brilliant Belgrade Children’s Restaurants

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The 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?

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Yes. 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 river ...
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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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Major Attractions of Istanbul: Guest Post by Alice Jerusha

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  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 the b...
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Seeing Elephants in Sri Lanka

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  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 bel...
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Is it Safe to Visit Minsk as a Solo Female Traveller?

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According 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 previ...
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Is it Safe to Visit Pristina, Kosovo with Children?

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The 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 loc...
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How to Get Into Belarus

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Wow. Sitting in my spartan Minsk hotel room, I’m still rather staggered by the fact that I’ve managed to enter Belarus, a country which has fascinated me for years. My quest was not assisted by a bizarre administrative issue which at one point had me travelling to Minsk and Belgrade on the same day, but it was when I started trying to score a visa ...
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The National Portrait Gallery, London

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Right in the heart of London, a few minutes’ stroll from Leicester Square or Charing Cross Underground stations, the National Portrait Gallery has been one of the world’s most important public portrait collections since it opened in 1856. It’s got nearly 200,000 portraits dating back hundreds of years, including some of the most iconic images from ...
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