Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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

Unforgettable Freudenstadt

My first stop during my stay in the Black Forest was Freudenstadt, at the Historic Hotels of Europe property the Hotel Palmenwald. Now a very accomplished spa hotel, it has had a chequered history and a relatively large number of different incarnations during its decades of existence through war and peace. It even has the cartoons and graffiti of s...
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The Lakes of Germany's Black Forest: Schluchsee and Titisee

Before my recent Historic Traveller Grand Tour, I was unfamiliar with the Black Forest, and it was wonderful to bring the folk tales and legends to life during my visit. One lovely unexpected feature of the region was the lakes between the trees, providing the opportunity for all kinds of watersports, hiking, and of course tomantic dining gazing ou...
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The Royal Park Hotel, Lancaster Gate


I have just had my first piece published by Globe Connoisseur , a luxury travel website for women, which I am very pleased and excited about. The Royal Park Hotel seemed like a natural first place to cover for the site, because it's an intimate spot with a number of features which make it well-suited to both women travelling alone and those who wan...
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Wondrous Wollbach

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There are relatively few places in the world that enjoy what’s officially called a tripoint, but one of them lies just down the road from the lovely village of Wollbach. The German hamlet’s proximity to Basel secures access to no less than three nations, France and Switzerland as well as Germany. The very fine hotel and restaurant in Wollbach, the ...
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The Highlights and Highlife of North Zealand

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On a recent visit to this stunning coastal part of Denmark, just a short drive from Copenhagen, I visited two Historic Hotels of Europe , the Helenekilde Badehotel and the Gilleleje Badehotel. Whilst both share romantic views across the sea to Sweden, sensational sunsets and a hip, New England-style chic married with classic Danish design and cuisi...
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Cultural Highlights of Bergün, Switzerland

My work as the Historic Traveller for the Historic Hotels of Europe granted me the opportunity to visit and write about the wonderful Swiss town of Bergün. I was fortunate to be staying at the Kurhaus Bergün, which is a warm and friendly but rather grand residence on the outskirts of the town. Everything is within easy walking distance, from the gi...
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The Historic Traveller's Memorable Stay at the Waldhaus Sils

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The Waldhaus Sils outside St Moritz is hands down one of the most characterful and extraordinary places I have ever had the chance to stay, and rave about in writing . I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I visited. It's the kind of place where most of the guests have obviously been coming back for their fix for year upon year. The ...
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Country Collecting: My Day Trip to Liechtenstein

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Regular readers are all too aware of my somewhat nerdy compulsion to collect countries, and my commitment to visiting every country in the world. What I'm happy to report is that so far, this hobby has been entirely pleasurable, and I have genuinely been able to find a multitude of unexpected discoveries and engaging sights wherever I have been: no...
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Women's Basketball at the London Olympics 2012

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  The always-brilliant Travel Belles were keen for me to cover the Olympics for them in a kind of ad hoc London correspondent role. It was just as well that I had crawled over broken lass to procure two tickets to a women's basketball game, between the USA and France, which turned out to be absolutely thrilling and very close run indeed. It wa...
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Eco-tourism in the Maldives

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  My readers will know by now that a trip to the Maldives last summer left me feeling passionately concerned about the ecological issues facing the fragile islands there, from both rising sea levels and the booming tourist trade. I ended up reading around the subject extensively and published an article specifically on this angle of our Maldiv...
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