Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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Colombo: Culture and Cuisine

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For Hospitality Directory The received wisdom about Colombo is that you leave as soon as possible to explore the true attractions of Sri Lanka – the beaches, tea plantations and historic city of Kandy. Although those are all undeniably wonderful, we were keen to spend some time exploring this rather overlooked South Asian capital. The recent buildi...
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Croatia’s Creative Rebranding: Olive Oil, Minibreaks and Bill Gates

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As part of the World Travel Market late last year, I was invited to a fascinating Croatian olive oil tasting by Rooster PR Agency . As I know from my own time in Croatia, the outstanding coastline sells itself: it’s pristine and gorgeous. What’s interesting about the new pitch is that Croatia is being positioned as an ideal short break destination ...
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Kandy Bats and Monkeys

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I was never going to make a visit to the beautiful Sri Lankan city of Kandy without a stroll around the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens, at the entrance to the city in the suburb of Peradeniya. Astonishingly, the history of the gardens can be traced back almost 650 years, to 1371. Its current status came about during the eighteenth century reign o...
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The Alford Arms: A Perfect Country Pub


Phileas French made a very exciting discovery last night.  Somewhere I’ve been looking for North of London for a surprisingly long time. The perfect country pub for food and drink. Most people have a favourite pub, or one they favour for food, one for real ale, whatever. If you haven’t trawled Home Counties drinking spots with my dogged enthusiasm,...
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When to Go: San Marino

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I was pleased to be asked to write a couple of pages for When To Go recently, and this first one is all about the delightful little Republic of San Marino. When to go to San Marino?  San Marino, Europe’s third smallest country after the Vatican City and Monaco, has that rarest of things in European history: an ancient but benign lineage. It has car...
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Guest Post: Mystery Map An Insider's Perspective

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Ricky Power Sayeed is a TV documentary researcher based in London. He's made programmes about parachuting Nazi nuns, poverty in Lincolnshire and iPad addicted toddlers. I caught up with him to get the downlow on his highlights of the show and wish list for future episodes... What was it like doing all the research on Mystery Map? It's tough to sum ...
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Mystery Map: Beasts of Britain

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One of the many great stories that Mystery Map will be covering tomorrow night is the sightings of Big Cats which have been entertaining Britons pretty much since giant sabre-toothed cats died out here, it seems. The Mystery Map survey of Britain's views regarding the paranormal turned up swathes of interesting and surprising facts. Do you think th...
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Guest Post: Italy Augmented by Svetlana Trushnikova

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ITALY AUGMENTED – Italy Mobile Personal Assistant Guest Post by Svetlana Trushnikova Just like Phileas French, I often travel alone. When I first came to Italy, where I live now, I experienced many misunderstandings. Using my marketing background, I started  5 Sensi  and with the support of the Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce I created  Italy A...
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Best Village Museum Ever?

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Just had to write a quick piece about the loveliness of the Romanian Village Museum , after a visit there today. Granted, it was the perfect autumn day, with me and both children crunching through amber leaves in our t-shirts and gazing out over the lake. Even so, the loving preservation of the historically significant houses and churches in a fair...
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My Great North Run

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Bit of a break from the usual content of my travel posts, but after completing the world’s biggest half marathon for charity (in two hours and 28 minutes, just to get that in there), I thought it might be helpful to give some sense of what the experience is like. As the race drew near, I found myself getting far more nervous about whether I would g...
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