Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

They Said Don’t Go to Venice in August…

IMG_2495I’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 h...
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The Quintessential Versilian Village of Seravezza

IMG_2017Situated 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 Serav...
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The Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

Ireland and Qatar 129There 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

IMG_2250There’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 sin...
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Family Fun: the Summer Season at the Waldhaus Sils

IMG_0959I 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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Dodge Clubbing for Cretaceous Creatures at the Thalassa Museum, Agia Napa, Cyprus

Cyprus BoatsHow often do you get to go into a museum with no-one else in it? We were rather thrilled to fossil record onwards. The three storey structure is very architecturally appealing, partially constructed of wood, marble and onyx. It’s open every day during the summer season and even during the winter season only closes on Sundays. There’s some (limited)...
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Guest Post: Rhiannon Adam's Polaroids and Memories of Margate

"Dreamlands, Wastelands" - Polaroid emulsion lift on paperI couldn't be happier to present this guest post from the frighteningly talented and multi-hyphenated Rhiannon Adam. Margate. You know the name even if you’ve never visited. Those two syllables conjure up the hackneyed stereotype of the British seaside: slightly gaudy, worn around the edges, laced with cheap thrills. Margate is all that, it’s...
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My New Highlights of Tuscan Cuisine

IMG_2039As with so many towns in Versilia, Camaiore has understated charm. The attractions and the really complex and committed culinary practices reveal themselves over time.  A recent trip with Wish Versilia ensured that my knowledge as well as waistline was expanded. As a  previous resident of Milan and frequent visitor to other culinary capitals of Ita...
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Gombitelli: Lardo and Language Islands

IMG_1886As the minibus climbed higher into the hills on its ways to the beautiful Versilian village of Gombitelli, the views of the valley and sea below began to take on a slightly misty look. This is the famous “Tuscan haze”, where at this time of year, the amount of pollen from the greenery everywhere gives each landscape the sheen of Renaissance art. A...
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Guest Post: Retaste Spain by Anna Torres

Retaste Spain logoI’m thrilled to publish this guest post from Anna Torres, who has developed a really innovative e-commerce site, Retaste Spain, which allows foreign tourists to “retaste” Spain, from home. Retaste Spain, by Anna Torres Retaste Spain believes that good things never come to an end if something reminds you of them. It allows tourists that have vis...
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