Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Cervaiole Marble Quarries

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A quarry trip might not be at the top of everybody’s wish list, but I was pretty much beside myself with excitement at the chance to visit the Cervaiole marble quarries during the Wish Versilia Blog Tour in Tuscany. I’d studied the quarries during my last year at Oxford on the High Renaissance in Rome and Florence module, and ever since then they’d...
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Guest Post by Robert Dogue, House of the Lion, Senegal

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  Lord knows, I’ve got a sizeable backlog of writing regarding all the great hotels I’ve stayed in, but I was so fascinated to hear about Robert Dogue’s guest house in Senegal that I’m running his guest post on it before I travel there myself. I enjoyed how evocative his description of the House of the Lion was. Robert writes: Close to the vil...
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Balkan Border Crossings

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I’ve made the journey overland between Kosovo and Macedonia and Macedonia and Greece in the last couple of weeks. On both occasions I was with my children aged eight and three, first time with my husband, the second time just me on my own with the kids. It struck me that I didn’t really know what to expect on either occasion and that it might be he...
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The Final Countdown - Europe

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  I've made it to: United Kingdom France Albania Austria Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kosovo Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Malta Monaco Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia San Marino Slovakia Slov...
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Two Perfect Tuscan Bed and Breakfasts

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[caption id="attachment_926" align="alignnone" width="300"] All breakfasts should be like this one at Napiaia b&b. I’ve just had a very problematic stay at the Waldorf Palace Rimini : it may deserve a write-up of its own later. The silver lining is that fleeing it brought us to lovely Padova by accident. The stresses of the Waldorf Palace have ...
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They Said Don’t Go to Venice in August…

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I’ve bought into the scaremongering about giving Venice a miss during Agosto for twenty years. Now here I am on a family trip through Italy with two children who’ve never seen it and a husband I haven’t been with since we had our very first holiday here. Missing out on Venice during our trip from Treviso to San Marino was not an option. In all hone...
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The Quintessential Versilian Village of Seravezza

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Situated in the province of Lucca and the Apuan Alps park, Seravezza is a classic Versilian village that nevertheless harbours a few distinctive eccentricities, including a mysterious skeleton. Proximity to the Cervaiole marble quarries and sponsorship through the centuries by powerful patrons such as Grand Duke Leopold II has ensured that Seravezz...
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The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

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There are plenty of attractions in the fabulously wealthy city of tomorrow, Doha, and the number is growing all the time. Time will tell on some of the burgeoning buildings, but one already stands out as indisputably world-class, the Museum of Islamic Art . Set on a manmade island, it’s swiftly become the symbol of the city and, like the Burjs Khal...
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Seven of the Best Places to Eat with Kids in Vilnius

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There’s some helpful writing on eating out in Lithuania’s genteel and charming capital, Vilnius. Even so, I really struggled to collate the data around the best places to eat with kids, so I thought that I’d come up with my own. Cili Kaimas This traditional folk restaurant , especially the 8 Vokiečių gatvė outlet, reeks of tourist trap, but since w...
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Family Fun: the Summer Season at the Waldhaus Sils

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I had the great good fortune to stay at the Waldhaus Sils , one of the Swiss Historic Hotels last September, when the 2012 summer season was still in full swing, with cow bells ringing out in the perfect, clear sunny mountain air. The Waldhaus is proud of its rich heritage, which it absolutely should be considering that this is its 106th summer…! I...
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