Europe

Will a Year of Culture Dig Out Hull?

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Hull UK City of CultureWhen a city falls into economic despair how does it rise again? And what can make it a destination for travel and culture?

 

In 2017, Hull will host Britain’s UK City of Culture. When Liverpool hosted Europe’s City of Culture in 2008, it was a success and Britain decided it needed to keep running a spin-off to the continent’s yearlong event. Four years ago, the first UK City of Culture was held in Derry, the divisive city in Northern Ireland. Next year, it’s “Everyone Back to Ours,” as the slogan declares throughout the new host city, in anticipation of an event that residents and officials hope will dig out Hull.

 

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Swimming the Blue Grotto on Capri

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Swimming in the Blue Grotto

Years ago, when I was on a month-long journey through Italy, everyone suggested that I visit the island of Capri. But everyone who had made such a recommendation told me that they had only visited for the day. They had all followed the same path: bussed to the top on the island’s winding roads, rode the chairlift at the peak for the panoramas, walked the markets, and then, ultimately, booked a boat tour into the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto, as the picture above shows, presents water so blue–so spectacularly illuminated–that if they could capture that color and set it in a stone, it would be the new must-have engagement gem. Read more

A Royal Piece of Crap

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A Royal Piece of Crap: The Worst Hotel in Gothenburg

With the success Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Triology, Sweden–especially the west–has been placed on the map as a literary destination for those readers who indulge in crime novels. Apparently (and unfortunately), some hotels have taken this as a cue to transform their accommodations into settings for this genre.

 

It was close to midnight when we arrived in Gothenburg. My wife had our infant strapped to her chest; I pushed the pram that was loaded with our luggage over the cobblestones. We were looking for the Hotel Royal. The street was dark and menacingly quiet. Read more

The View From Cwmdonkin Drive

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Dylan Thomas Swansea

When connecting the poet Dylan Thomas with place, he is most often associated with New York’s West Village, the location of his death, and the Welsh village of Laugharne, where his writing shed stood precariously on the cliffs that looked out onto the Taf River and up at Sir John’s Hill. Read more

37 Hours in Pembrokeshire, Wales

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The Best Things to do in Pembrokeshire Wales

In a recent post, I argued that a visitor to Wales should abandon the city for the shire. If there’s one shire in the country that a traveler must see, it’s Pembrokeshire. With dramatic precipices that hang over royal blue seas, quaint towns that reside along a coastal trail, and sports that are as extreme as the Welsh tides, Pembrokeshire is a gem in this dazzling country.

 

Many times, these you-have-three-days-in-a-place posts attempt to cram in too many activities on an itinerary. The best things to do in Pembrokeshire, Wales, however, require an investment of time. While the New York Times might only give you 36 hours in this region, we here at Somewhere Or Bust believe in longer stays. Without further ado here are just a few activities for your 37 hours in Wales’s Pembrokeshire. Read more