Der Ritter mit der Web-Adresse: Walisische Panoramen

Name of traveller

Michael Bengel (b. 1946)

Reason for travel

  • leisurely travel; holidaying

Date of travel

undated, early to mid 2000s

Lleyn wurde das walisische Mecklenburg, wo jeder Fortschritt und jede Unbill der Geschichte später kommt als anderswo. (Bengel 92)


  • frequent references to otherwise unidentified co-travellers during the various journeys around Wales
  • architecture:
    • descriptions of various historical types of garden architecture
    • descriptions and histories of Cardiff Castle, Llangoed Hall, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
  • customs
    • stresses distinct cultural difference between Wales and England
    • no interest in Welsh-language culture
  • history:
    • sketches history of various country estates
    • notes on Viking invasions, history of Christianity
  • language: brief mention of Welsh language and Welsh language programmes for adults, but no interest in Welsh language
  • literature: chapter on well-known authors from Wales; Roald Dahl (1916-1990), Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989), Ken Follett (b. 1949), Dick Francis (1920-2010), Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
  • people:
    • journey undertaken together with unidentified co-travellers
    • diligently notes the names of each of the hired tour guides
    • references to travel writers Arthur Granville Bradley (1850-1943) and Thomas Pennant (1726-1798)
  • recreation:
    • tourism as one of main sources of income in twenty-first-century Wales
    • strong focus on exploration of Wales via adventure tourism
    • undertaken activities: bat watching, bird watching, coasteering, hiking, mountaineering, whale spotting
  • territory:
    • few descriptions of landscape
    • focuses on description of outdoor activities in direct relation of distinct geographical features
    • exploration of Swansea and Laugharne in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas (1914-1953)
  • transport: travels via boat, car and on foot

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Bengel, Michael. Der Ritter mit der Web-Adresse: Walisische Panoramen. Wien: Picus, 2006. Print.