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
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
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
As the ferry approached Marstrand Island, the few tin green roofs broke up the terra-cotta-red skyline like white caps mottling the surface of a mostly calm sea. Crowning the island’s peak stood Carlsten fortress, built centuries earlier to ward off the Danes. (Despite its impenetrable-looking walls, the fortress had fallen to the enemy the only two times it had been attacked.) Today’s blitz was coming from the nearby residents of Gothenburg, many of whom had taken the hour-long bus ride and now five-minute trip across the busy waterway between Koon and Marstrand Islands for a preferred respite. Read more
If you find yourself lost in the Cambrian Mountains, ask a local for directions to the village of Tregaron and you might receive the common quip: “It’s outside the Talbot.”
There isn’t, however, a truer statement that could lead you to the town. Like much of Central Wales, Tregaron and its most famous pub and residence—Y Talbot—isn’t a destination that will appear on most travelers’ radars. It’s quiet country where overheard conversation is only comprehensible if you understand Welsh. Read more