Chosen by Travis Elborough
‘I grew up on the coast, in an English seaside town to be exact, and have a love of coastal and estuarine places and ports from Liverpool to Odessa, and beyond to Santa Monica and the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. But a place I keep going back to is Stockholm. I first visited it over 25 years ago now, staying then on Af Chapman, the nineteenth-century hulk turned floating youth hostel. This archipelago city is blessed by the antique beauty of Gamla Stan, the old town, and the contemporary hangouts of Södermalm. But I’ve always found Skansen, its quirky open air museum – which boasts five centuries of buildings from across Sweden and a habitat for wild Nordic animals such as moose and wolverines – especially endearing.’
’Atlas of Vanishing Places’ by Travis Elborough won the award for DK Eyewitness Travel Guides Illustrated Travel Book of the Year.