Nearly 15 years ago, I ventured to Europe for the first time. Actually, it wasn’t so much Europe where I landed, but rather the United Kingdom. For three weeks, I traveled around England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, having, what I would consider now, a very enriching experience.
I’ve detailed several parts of my UK adventure on Bistro Chic, but haven’t mentioned one of my most interesting jaunts. While in Wales, I spent the better part of three days touring the capital – Cardiff; Caernarfon – home of the famous Caernarfon castle; and more. I have so many memories of Wales — even though it’s such a small country and I was only there for a short time. From Snowdonia National Park, to Holyhead, to Swansea, I went from North to South, more amazed by the people and culture after each day.
Some of my most memorable experiences in Wales include hearing the beautiful singing voices of the men’s choir (Welsh men are known for their singing); buying a little green-jeweled ring outside of the Castle from a little Welsh man that I couldn’t understand; and spending an afternoon in the city with the longest name in the world:
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – which the locals affectionately refer to as Llanfair PG – and which translates to:
St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St. Tysilio with a red Cav
Although this post may not provide great detail about the beautiful country of Wales, it is definitely worth a stopover when traveling to the UK – if not for the interesting people; rolling landscapes; and rich Celtic history, then for the awesome passport stamp from the longest city name in the world!