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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

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