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Marstrand: The Best Island in West Sweden

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Marstrand Best Island in West Sweden

 

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

A Day in Central Wales: Tregaron

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The Best of Central Wales: Y Talbot Tregaron

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

An Eccentric Pub in an Odd Valley

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Gwaun Valley Drffyn Arms

When Britain switched over to the Gregorian calendar in 1752, abandoning the more inexact Julian calendar, not everyone in the country was quick to follow. The new calendar made a slight mess of things, requiring that the world be set back in time—on the calendar—by about fortnight. Eventually, folks leapt into the calendar with fewer Leap Years. Some of the British, however, are still holding out. Meet the Welshmen of the Gwaun Valley. Read more

Getting Out of Swansea

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Leaving Swansea WalesOn my first day in Wales, I spent the afternoon wandering around the second city of Swansea. Dylan Thomas, who had been born there a century ago, famously called the place “an ugly, lovely town.” In the movie Twin Town, when the character comes across a plaque at the train station with Thomas’s clever quote, he dubs Swansea “a pretty shitty city.” Read more

The Greenest Hotel in Connecticut

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A Green Hotel in Connecticut

We have long held that there is both outer and inner beauty. Usually these terms are reserved for describing humans; but it’s worth extending this quality to certain buildings, especially those at the forefront of the green movement. Read more