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Conwy Castle - Wales

Conwy Castle - Wales

Wonderful Wales.

I have been to Wales many times. My first ever visit was to Bangor and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the station with the longest name, situated on the Isle of Anglesey. I have also been to Llandudno, Conwy, Swansea and Cardiff. Wales is located in the south west of the United Kingdom. It has a land border with England on its east side and the rest of the country is surrounded by the the Irish Sea and the Bristol Channel. Wales is a beautiful country with many mountains, national parks and a long rugged coastline. It has a population of about three million. Wales is famous for coal mining though this industry has largely ceased to exist. There is a very well known book set in a Welsh coal mining community 'How Green was my Valley' by Richard Llewellyn. It was written in 1939 and made into a film directed by John Ford in 1941. Wales is also famous for singing and is home to several choirs. The sport most closely associated with Wales is rugby union. People in Wales speak English, but Wales also has its own language - Welsh which is spoken mainly in the north of the country. Wales has several symbols. One is a red dragon. This appears on the Welsh flag. The oldest known use of the dragon to symbolise Wales is recorded in the Historia Brittonum, which was written around AD 829. The red dragon is popularly believed to have been the battle standard of King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders. Other symbols of Wales are the daffodil - its national flower and the leek which belongs to the same family. According to legend, Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, ordered his soldiers to make themselves known to him by wearing a leek on their helmets in an ancient battle against the Saxons.

Llandudno.

We used to go to Llandudno frequently as we had friends living in Wales and this was a convenient place to meet up. Llandudno is Wales's largest resort. It is a traditional British seaside resort with many of its buildings dating from Victorian and Edwardian times. The town is located between two mountains: the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Llandudno has a lovely long sandy beach. Be careful of tides though. In 1902 a cable car began operating from Llandudno to the top of the Great Orme. There are great views from up there. Llandudno has lots of good restaurants, hotels and shops.

With mother-in-law and friends. - Wales

With mother-in-law and friends. - Wales

View from the cable car. - Wales

View from the cable car. - Wales

The Great Orme - Wales

The Great Orme - Wales

Llandudno - Wales

Llandudno - Wales

The beach - Wales

The beach - Wales

Cardiff.

I have been to Cardiff twice. Both trips were football related. I had a quick look at the city while hubbie and his brother went to the football. Cardiff is the capital of Wales. It is a pleasant city with lots of restaurants and shops. It is located on the River Taff. Welsh people are sometimes called Taffies due to this river's name. I had a stroll around town and through Bute Park which is next to Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff Castle from Bute Park. - Wales

Cardiff Castle from Bute Park. - Wales

Swansea.

We travelled to Swansea for a football match. This trip I actually attended the match which is unlike me. Walsall lost, so I have not been allowed to attend any more matches since. I am clearly an ill omen. We stayed overnight in a pub that also provided accommodation. I remember it as quite a friendly place. We had a look around the marina area and explored Swansea at night and like all British cities on a Saturday night it was filled with crowds of people looking for a good time. We had a pleasant meal in a local pub. Swansea was very good for shopping. Swansea is Wales's second largest city. It is situated on the South West Wales coast. It used to be famous for the copper industry.

Swansea - Wales

Swansea - Wales

Conwy.

We visited Conwy with friends. We spent most of our time in its lovely castle and going for a stroll along the front. Conwy Castle was built for Edward I, by Master James of St George. The castle has two fortified gateways, eight massive towers and a great hall. It is well worth a visit.

Conwy - Wales

Conwy - Wales

Conwy - Wales

Conwy - Wales

Conwy - Wales

Conwy - Wales

The Daffodil.

The daffodil, my favourite flower, is the national flower of Wales. It belongs to the same family of plants as the leek another symbol of Wales According to legend, Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, ordered his soldiers to wear a leek on their helmets in an ancient battle against the Saxons so he could identify them easily. Daffodils and leeks are worn on St David's Day the first of March.

Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

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