10 Great Things About Wales

March 2, 2017

Today is St David's Day - the Welsh National Holiday.  It was difficult to come up with only 10 things.  We could do one on food alone!  

 

RUGBY

Welsh Rugby Union is the national sport and they're a pretty good team.  Catch them on March 10 playing Ireland in the Six Nations Championship.   

 

CASTLES

By Cadw - http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/conwycastle/?lang=en, OGL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20456398

Wales has some of the best castles in the world and is often known as the land of castles.  There are over 400 in the 8,023 square miles of this small country, that is a part of the United Kingdom.  

 

THE COUNTRY 

By Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)., CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4874508

 

There is plenty of beautiful countryside in Wales to discover and loose yourself in.  From the high peaks of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons to the coastal shores and winding river valleys there is much to see and do.  

 

MUSIC

Music in Wales is part of the national identity and is often known as the Land of Song.  Music was the best way for passing down stories and history.   The best known singers are the male voice choirs.   

 

LANGUAGE

 

By Snow storm in Eastern Asia at English Wikipedia - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12743534

 

Welsh is a Celtic language.   It has no K, Q, V or Z in it's alphabet.  Though they seem to have plenty of Y's and X's!

 

FOOD

By zingyyellow...wish I could bend space/time - Flickr: Welsh cakes, CC BY 2.0,                       https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1884185

 

There is so much good Welsh food we need to have another top 10 for food alone.  Though they are known for their Welsh cakes, Bara Brith, Welsh lamb. Glamorgan Sausage and Welsh Rarebit (not rabbit please)

 

DOCTOR WHO EXPERIENCE

 

It only makes sense to find the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff where the anomaly is and near the studios where it is filmed.  But you better get there soon because it's scheduled to close this summer! 

 

PORTMEIRION

 

By MichaelMaggs - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4694324

 

This Italian style village was built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 and is a wonderful and delightful tourist attraction these days.  It's also well-known for being the location for the Prisoner TV series and high quality china.  The pottery factory of Portmeirion (Stoke-on Trent) was founded by his daughter Susan Williams-Ellis in the 1960s.

 

LlANFAIR-PG

 

By G1MFG at English Wikipedia - Own work (Original text: I (G1MFG (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.), CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18238247

 

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch (lovingly known as LlanfairPG) is the name of a town in North Wales which translates as “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave”. It is believed to be the longest place name in the world.  There's a pretty good factory outlet there too. 

 

THE PEOPLE!

 

 What's the best thing about any place!  The people.  

 

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