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Greetings! Our next adventure took us to Cymru, or more commonly known as Wales! Wales is a country in its own right and part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. Wales dates back to the 1000s and its capital is Cardiff which is located in southern part of the country. The official languages are Welsh and English and Wales has a population of over 3 million people. A few famous Welsh people you may have heard of include: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Jones.

Some fun facts about Wales:
- Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country.

- The Welsh village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (try pronouncing that...just give it a whirl) has the second longest place name in the world. We happened to be in the town and I took a picture of the name on the local Volvo dealership building.

- The Queen's dog of choice, the corgi, is also Welsh. Corgi means "dwarf dog."
- Joseph Daniels of West Wales emigrated to the US in the 18th century. His grandson Jack went on to create the world famous Jack Daniels whiskey.
- Al Capone's accountant, Llewelyn Humphreys, was a Welshman and also took over for Capone while he was in prison.

We stayed in northwest Wales in a town called Bangor near the Snowdonia National Park. Our AirBnb was in a fantastic location and our hosts were wonderful. Penny enjoyed meeting two of their three chocolate labs. The views from the AirBnb were wonderful. Our trip took us to Caernarfon Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Short Stack Lighthouse and cliffs on the extreme northern coast of Wales, and to Plas Newydd. I will probably break this up into separate posts due to the sheer volume of pictures.

Wales: https://www.visitwales.com

AirBnb link: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1285937

Penny asking, "Are we there yet?"

Our neighbors for our stay:

Our view from the AirBnb:

Wales is stunning and I cannot wait to come back and explore other parts of the country. Onto Caernarfon Castle...

Posted by LCP 08:10 Archived in Wales Tagged cardiff wales welsh bangor corgi

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I had the pleasure of visiting some of Wales' finest golf courses in 2008. I found the country to be quite sparsely populated outside of the Cardiff/southeast Wales area. I went well out of my way to stop at a golf course in remote western Wales called Cwmrhydneuadd Golf Club. I went there just because of the interesting name, which by the way pales in comparison to the village name you mentioned. This trip was my first time using GPS. By neglecting to click on "major roads," the GPS took me on the most direct route between towns, which meant I found myself on a couple of occasions driving down "lanes" that were bordered by tall hedges with literally no more than 2 feet of clearance on either side of the car. In the southern Wales town of Swansea, I visited the Dylan Thomas museum. I'm not much on poetry, but I love his "Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light." I plan to do plenty of raging as my light flickers out. Well, sorry to go on and on. Carry on. I look forward to the rest of your Wales tales.

by Ron Cobb

How fun to know that Penny was part of this journey — and even made some new friends! I also love the photos of the brown-faced sheep. Ever since I first visited the U.K. in 1975, I have been unable/unwilling to eat lamb because of my memories of the sheep and lambs I saw from train windows across England. Looking forward to reading more about your journey!

by Lucinda C Cobb

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