To my Slow Love Life friends: my piece last fall's walk of a lifetime--along the rainblown windswept south coast of Wales--is in the New York Times Travel Section on Sunday (and up online now). I have so many photographs to share with you, but I'll have to put them up next week, as they aren't on this laptop! I hope you enjoy the piece--and go to Wales. It is one of the most extraordinarily beautiful places I have ever seen. I certainly loved writing it--my first travel piece


Jessie said...

I read your piece this afternoon and was ready to sign up immediately. I might look for a less water-logged time of year. Better start scouting out my own Frances Palmer for companionship. Is this world an endlessly amazing wonder?

William said...

That's a very nicely written travel article, Dominique. I tend to never trust 'travel writers' because hey get everything paid for by their hosts. This didn't seem like that kind of a piece.

I know a guy who identifies himself as a 'travel writer' and who has been seemingly everywhere and boasts about it constantly. One night at a party I introduced him to some good friends of mine who also have been everywhere, thinking that they would connect.


The so-called 'travel writer' spent the entire time talking about 5-star hotels and being 'comped' for massages.

My good friends commented about him, "He's been to a lot of places and yet he hasn't SEEN any of them"

Your article wasn't like that.

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Carole Geckle said...

Lovely article Dominique ... I felt I was there with you and Frances, if only I were that brave. Thank you. Your writing inspires me in so many ways. Reading Slow Love for the second time. First time was from the library; this time I bought my own copy to keep. Thanks again ....

giniajim said...

Enjoyed the article; really makes me want to go there (but to be sure to a. watch the weather, and b. be really prepared for rain).

JMax said...

Really enjoyed your article ... thank you, you made many excellent points. Your conclusion that it is really perhaps better to choose your own lodgings each day, plan your own trip, etc. is a correct one, in my view. If you read the guide book in advance and show up with a general understanding, it works just fine. My wife and I have done that on several British walks - even wrote about one! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203441704577068530481870536.html

janeer said...

Hi Dominique: started reading in the NYT as I am a walker (fast) and then realized it was you. Nice story. Be in LC 7/1. Jan Robbins

billicummings said...

Loved walking in Wales with you and Francis! Next best to being there.

dterrydraw said...

Dear Bill,
What a wonderful comment. One of the great things about a blog written by a fine writer is that, as a surprisingly general rule, it attracts comments from equally fine commentators.
thank you for what I just read,
----david terry

Judith said...

Some of us writer/blogger types who have become a bit too reliant on photos rather than words (guilty as charged!) need to remember how evocative words can be. At the wettest, chilliest point of your story I had to stop reading to make my self a nice, hot cup of tea. Thanks for taking this armchair traveler on a fabulous walk while also inspiring her as a writer.

Jessie said...

love this -- thanks for sharing

Deirdre said...

Lovely - and inspiring! A trip I'd love to make...

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Shelby said...

Dear Ms. Browning,

T H A N K Y O U for writing this article. My husband and I have been planning this walk for the better part of a year for his birthday, (lots of books and maps) and lately have hit a rut. Too much 'stuff' sent thoughts scurrying to an 'easier' eco-resort in Mexico for the celebration. But Wales remained on the fringe, the books reluctant to leave my night side table. So, to see your article over my coffee Sunday morning was the most lovely gift. Beautifully written, like we were tucked in alongside. Cheers.

Mary Eastham said...

Oh, Dominique. I am going through a tough, tough time (divorce after many years of marriage) and am the CEO of my four Golden Retrievers - two older guys and two
puppies - so I can't travel on a plane right now. Your article and the
beautiful pics of Wales were such a gift to me. I loved the horses running
on the beach, such a clean, simple life. I am embarking on a Summer Life
Internship beyond love and marriage and back to myself. I will check back
often to your blog where you share such life abundance with all of us.
Thank God for Blogs! I'm gonna check out all your faves listed here as well.
Happy Summer, Dominique!

Mary Kennedy Eastham - Author
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mlleparadis@hotmail.com said...

saw the lovely piece in the times .... so glad that a person with your profile is making such a persuasive case for slowing down. it's a piece of the puzzle that we in the developed world seem to be at great risk of missing. (hard to believe that the wales story was your first travel piece!)

hope you don't mind, i've copied the pictures of the crochet walls at madison sq park for my own blog - they are wonderful. obviously providing credit and links back here. and for the record...some have said in the past that i only had two speeds: slow and reverse! now i can say that i was setting trends!


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to add to the alice thomas ellis conversation: an english production with fabulous jeanne moreau and joan plowright is available here on vhs:



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Helene Achgill said...

Loved your article! Do you have advice about clothing for Wales? I'm sending my son to Atlantic College in Wales. Neither he nor I have any idea what to expect of the climate

Claire said...


I love this piece! I'm a Blogger and I live in Milford Haven. I would have met you at the lonely train station if I'd known! It really is the end of the line isn't it? I love living in such a beautiful part of the World.

It is a shame you didn't stay at the Druidstone Hotel- it is a treasure.

Thanks for visiting and writing about it!

With best wishes,



dterrydraw said...

P.S. So.....what's the opinion among this blog's readers?..... I wrote that Alice Thomas Ellis wasn't "British"; she was 1/2 Welsh and 1/2 Finnish. An American friend (who reads this blog) tells me that "British" is usually thought to mean that the person is from Great Brtiain (i.e., Scotland, England, or Wales...according to her, and she's not exactly a dummy). Oddly enough (particularly for having gone to Oxford), I don't actually HAVE any English friends anymore.....they're all dead, or I'd ask them.
I do, however, have (and certainly have had) a large passle of Welsh and Irish relatives/friends who really bristle if someone refers to them as "English" or "British".
Perhaps I've spent too much time among various, enthusiastic nationalists & separatists. that comes with the territory in which I've worked.
What's the common, American understanding of "British"? I suppose part of my problem is that I don't know of anyone since Churchill's days who doesn't use the term "United Kingdom". I'm not quite sure that I've even heard someone say "Great Britain", unless they were reading from some dusty, empire-era memoirs.
I'm quite willing, at this stage of the game, to go with the most common understanding of the term, just as surely as I gave up, over the past decade on insisting that "quote" isn't a noun, "Irregardless" isn't a word, and "I could care less" doesn't at all mean what everyone seems to think it means.
And, yes, the movie of Ellis's "The Summer House" is a fun romp. It paid for the plumbing and renovation of Ellis's kitchen. Amusingly enough.....I asked a friend (she'd won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction a few years ago) what she boughtfor herself with the money; she replied "I had the kitchen fixed.......after TWENTY years of waiting....."
When I hear comments like that, I inevitably consider that perhaps it's better to simply not expect anything at all in return for writing books.
Purdantically yours as ever,
David Terry

warren said...

Like this. But then do you write 'South' or 'south' when referring to our southern states?

Angus Cunningham said...

I very much enjoyed reading your very readable article
in NYT’s Travel section

.I’m Angus from Celtic Trails, and we were delighted to help organise your walking assignment on thePembrokeshire Coast Path

Though perhaps not written quite in the spirit of the How the West was Won, it certainly appears how the West Coast of Wales was gained, or a least a small wet section of it.

The rainfall was of biblical production and I take my sou’wester off to you and Mrs Palmer for persevering. Many wouldn’t have continued even if they’d been dressed deep sea divers by their outfitters.

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a wonderful walking trail in the UK’s only coastal National Park. Much of it is secluded and not highly populated Accommodation can get taken up quickly and with late bookings choice accommodations can sometimes be limited or unavailable.

With regard to the calling down of curses on your luck and on the outfitter, for failing to have accommodated you in a charming Villa along the Trail; the walking day was already 14 ½ miles; the Villa longingly looked at, some miles further, making almost an 18 mile hike in a day, in terrain that was unfamiliar, and weather already. a challenge. By the time (if) you reached there, Mrs Palmer’s pearls would have returned to their embryonic state. Also the firm requirement was twin bedded rooms I’m informed; the Villa only has doubles, and is not rated by the Tourist Board. But It was quite strange having an Autumn invasion of frogs about tour office

Of the fine looking accommodation Mrs Francishelpfully remarked you were not staying at; again the specific requirements were for twin bedded rooms. I’m afraid the accommodation in question does not have twin bedded rooms, only double beds. Also not each fine accommodation one sees welcomes one night bookings or muddy walkers every night and the unenthusiastic task of a fresh bed sheet and bathroom makeover each day.

Accommodations (and their owners), do come in different ages and looks dimensions. That they are all different makes, like the changing scenery for a different experience each day.The firm criteria for every accommodation we use are Tourist Board
accreditation and grading; and in Celtic Trails selections, the top end of the
grading criteria.

I was sorry the one accommodation did not come up to expectations I agree it was not up to the higher standards of previous nights but it was the only accommodation available at the time and was nevertheless a 4 star accommodation graded by the Tourist Board. I would be highly surprised if it would detract from the overall enjoyment of a walking holiday

We do consider our accommodations carefully, not just for the buildings, but owners, the hospitality ( welcoming boots that are tubs and replenishing
plasters that are blotters), .and importantly, their approximation to the trail.

I hope you’ll try another coastal walk with us , I would recommend a few days along the southern Cornish coastline for contrast and very beautiful and
interesting scenery, maybe even less rain

Susan Lipsey said...

I read with delight and no small amount of mirth, your recent piece on hiking the Wales Coastal Path last fall. Our family of four went on this same walk last July and we were equally soaked for all 10 miles of it, in similarly not waterproof or waterproof enough gear, and in what was at times a windy, driving rain, that could have easily become dangerous if one weren't attentive to the cliff side. That said, the Welsh coastline and brown-green seaside cliffs with pristine beaches (Barafundle Bay comes to mind) were some of the highlights of our hiking through Pembrokeshire, Ireland and Cornwall last summer. The wind, rain and impenetrable hedgerows were all worth it to see those views. Thank you for a great travel piece that took me right back to our walk.

Regards, Susan

Brooks Sutton said...

I miss your writing in/and H&G. Was thrilled to see this article in the Sunday NYT. Excellent, keep traveling and writing about it. Hope you'll be a regular contributor to NYT Travel section..

siska said...

Please note that the Old Pharmacy Restaurant and Williams’ Accommodation in Solva are both closed now (June 2013)!
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