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Rhydlewis, Llandysul, UK
Under the Thatch specializes in quirky accommodations scattered throughout the country, including a painted gypsy caravan in the lake district of Mid Wales, an 18th-century former gamekeeper’s cottage in Snowdonia National Park, and a former...
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Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon LD3 7YS, UK
In rural Wales, some of the best—and often the only—accommodations are rental cottages. Among the many good networks, Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages is popular with film crews visiting Brecon Beacons National Park. A 10-person stone farmhouse...
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Felinfach, Brecon LD3 0UB, UK
Hailed as the country’s best pub by The Good Pub Guide, The Felin Fach Griffin in Brecon harvests much of its produce from a generous kitchen garden out back. Liz Knight, owner of the wild herb company Forage, leads outings to search for nettles...
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This was my favorite place in Wales. Follow the signs off of the A487 highway before Newport, and you'll find yourself on a narrow little road overgrown with trees and bushes. You'll soon reach the parking area. Open the gate, and walk out into...
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Castle Ditch, Caernarfon LL55 2AY, UK
Yes, the gorgeous country of Wales is said to be the capital of castles. It has about 400 castles, of which over 100 are still standing in impressive fashion. When you grow up in a place like Texas with a Welsh girl's name, you suddenly find...
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Libanus, Brecon LD3 8ER, UK
Up to this point in our trip through Wales, the weather had been blue skies and sunshine. While driving through the Brecon Beacons the clouds moved in and with the mist laying low in the hollows and rising out of the trees along the way it was...
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Blaen Nant Gwyn, Llanllwni, Pencader SA39 9EH, UK
We spent a wonderful week in South Wales which started with discovering our fabulous accommodation. The Bay Tree Barn is beautiful, cozy and very roomy. It is equipped with central heating but you have the option of making fires too, the first...
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Gwynedd, UK
The view of Pen yr Ole Wen across Ffynnon Lloer. In early dawn soft snow fell on the chest of the hill and little by little melted into the lloer.
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Cwmcerrig Farm,Gorslas, Gorslas, Llanelli SA14 7HU, UK
If you are in search of Welsh produce, unusual foods, European specialties, artisan & fine wines, traditionally made sweets and cakes, food prepared for your private functions and celebrations, or a quality meal prepared with the freshest...
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Trapp, Llandeilo SA19 6UA, UK
We got so lucky with visiting Wales, this past week. The weather was tricky but we managed to find plenty of sunshine. We visited Carreg Cennen Castle, one of the most spectacular Welsh castles, located north of Swansea on a great day. The setting...
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49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
While in Cardiff over the weekend I visited the covered market in the city and my daugher (who goes to Cardiff University) insisted that I try a Welsh cake. This one had jam in it. We then found a cup of coffee and sat down to take a breather and...
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Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth LL48, UK
Right now imagine you walk into a pub and there's 3 blokes in the corner, you can recognise 2 of them; Gaudi and Dali but who is that 3rd chap, looking equally abstract??? Ok, let me tell you his name is Williams-Ellis and after he staggered out...
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Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB, UK
A trip to South Wales would not be complete without visiting Cardiff, the country's capital. Our interest was Cardiff Castle. Since it's the low season, the castle was not crowded at all. We found parking very easy and not far from the castle....
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49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
The Cardiff Central Market originally opened in 1891, at the site of an old jail. The market retains that old world feeling with vendors selling everything from meat and eggs to trendy clothing on the ground floor, while up top there is a walk way...
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Tintern Abbey, Tintern NP16 6SE, UK
The 12th century abbey, now only ruins, sits on the River Wye, just across the border from England. These ruins have inspired many including William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson and even Allen Ginsberg. The British painter, J.W.M. Turner also painted...
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King St, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4FA, UK
I am not sure how many sunny days Wales gets but we sure got a few while visiting this past week. It was a cold but beautiful day for walking about. And what better thing than walking by a castle? Laugharne was probably founded in the early 12th...
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Pontneathvaughan Rd, Glynneath, Neath SA11 5NR, UK
The trail led to Sgwd Gwladus, a waterfall named after one of the daughters of Brycheinog in Celtic legend. She fell in love with a young man named Einson who has a waterfall named after him upstream. Gwladus could never be with Einson in life but...
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Llanarthney SA32 8HX, UK
Paxton's Tower is a Neo-Gothic folly erected in honor of Lord Nelson. It is situated on a hilltop near Llanarthney in the Towy Valley, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The tower is 36 feet high. The lower part of the tower is triangular in shape with a...
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Marcross, Llantwit Major CF61 1ZG, UK
While visiting Nash Point, stop at the Horseshoe Inn for traditional Welsh faggots. The service is really fast and the food is cheap and plenty. Faggots are a traditional dish in the UK, especially South and Mid Wales and the Midlands of England....
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The Pebbles, St Davids, Haverfordwest SA62 6RD, UK
When it comes to Wales there is a list of things that should not be missed. Saint David's Cathedral is one of them. This 6th century marvel is absolutely beautiful, with a rich past; raided by Vikings and visited and owned by kings. The entire...
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Monmouth Road, Tintern, Monmouthshire NP16 6SE, UK
Once upon a time the Great Western Railway ran along the river in the sleepy village of Tintern, in Wales. With the evolution of trains, making traveling much easier and affordable to some, many Victorians would travel to Tintern, along the west...
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Blaen Nant Gwyn, New Inn, Pencader SA39 9EH, UK
Mountain biking is very popular in Wales and increasing every year. While staying at Brechfa Forest Barns, we found that the owners, Nikki and Jason also run MudTrek, a company that offers fully catered mountain biking experiences for both the...
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BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate St, Cardiff CF10 1JA, UK
Sure, the game of football (or 'soccer' as we Americans call it) was born on the British island but it is not the other game that the British, and especially the Welsh, are crazy about. Rugby is the preferred sport of Wales, on the west side of...
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Valbjor Gard is a working farm owned by the same family for 800 years. The 12 cottages are beautifully restored and rustic, yet with running water and tiny bathrooms. They have little kitchens, seating areas, a table, and cozy beds. The fireplaces...
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Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
If there were ever a three-dimensional ode to Nordic design, the impressive Oslo Opera House would be it. On the waterfront in the Bjørvika neighborhood with the Oslo fjord as a backdrop, the otherworldly building is home to the Norwegian National...
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Nobels gate 32, 0268 Oslo, Norway
The Vigeland Park reminds me of Central Park in New York City. The grounds are huge and very well kept. This is the place that you might have heard of - there are over 200 statues of people in action created by artist Gustav Vigeland. In the...
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Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
The Fjellheisen cablecar in Tromsø, which takes you up Mount Floya, operates 24 hours in the summer, when the Arctic sunshine stays with you all night. Whether you're planning to hike or merely to stand and gaze at the view of the...
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Sommarøy, Norway
Situated upon the northern tip of Norway, Tromsø is an arctic gem well worth hopping on that 2 hour flight from Oslo. The city itself is reflective of its inhabitants; friendly, slow-paced and possessing a beauty so natural and fresh you have to...
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Myrdal, Norway
Few countries can rival Norway for dramatic, jaw-dropping scenery. This view was captured on board the scenic Bergen Railway on a "Norway in a Nutshell" tour that took in the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and...
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Strandvegen 166, 9006 Tromsø, Norway
If you live in Tromso, the northernmost city in the world, you work in either the oil or the fishing industries. Since an afternoon out drilling for oil didn't seem much fun, my sister and I made our fishing debut out on the Signe I, a...
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Undredal, Norway
Undredal is a sleepy village nestled in a valley in Western Norway. It is famous for its brown goat cheese, or "gjetost," which is produced by eight farms using traditional methods. Undredal welcomes tourists and is accessible by an access road...
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Grüners gate 1, 0552 Oslo, Norway
Tim Wendelboe is a micro roastery in a happenin' little neighborhood in Oslo called Grünerløkka. It's a cozy place with only a few chairs, but you can order and stand at the bar or take a cup to go as you stroll the streets. You won't find sugary...
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Aurland, Norway
You can cruise the fjords by either going on the "Norway in a Nutshell" tour or doing it on your own. Getting to the fjords isn’t as easy you think. You need to take a series of trains, buses and ferries. After a lot of research, I found that the...