Guest Blog Series
Discovering Black History in Wales
In this six-part series, writer Kevin Powell celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month by discovering the links between African American history and Wales. Tune in each week during the month of February as he reflects on his recent travels in Wales as an inspiration for fellow travelers and cultural explorers everywhere.
"Some might wonder what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Black History, and Wales have in common. As an African American, having recently visited Wales for the first time, I was surprised to discover..."
Richard Burton: Loving Liz, Loving Wales
In this six part series, movie and travel expert, Gretchen Kelly explores the Burton trail in Wales, the actor's lifelong ties with Welsh culture and the love affair with his own land that extended into his love affair with Liz.
She writes, " Long before Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins brought Wales to the front-pages of the world’s entertainment press, Richard Burton (born Richard Walter Jenkins in village of Pontrhydyfen, Neath Port Talbot) was the reigning prince of Welsh players..."
Hiraeth for Beginners
Pamela Petro is a writer and artist who first traveled to Wales to attend graduate school in Lampeter. Since then, she has visited from her home in Massachusetts nearly once a year.
She writes, "The clarity of components of the Welsh landscape and the way they fit together virtually became the legend of my life. I felt I'd found the key to a map I'd never before been able to read, but without which I had no sense of my place on the planet."
Beyond the Green
Gretchen Kelly is a professional travel journalist who has spent the past 10 years journeying around the world in search of the unique, the one-off, the rare moment that turns tourists into life-long travelers.
"Wales is a forever place," Kelly says. "Once you've been there, Wales takes hold of you and doesn't let go. And it calls you back."
Series introduction and all 14 blog posts
Golf as it should be
In 2010 American golf writer Jim Frank traveled to Wales in anticipation of the Ryder Cup. Journey along with him as he drives through Wales taking on 12 world-class courses.
"I remember having a great time, enjoying the scenery, the golf, the atmosphere, and the people. I also remember wanting to travel further afield and thinking that Wales was a real sleeper, just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by golfers from around the world."