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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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Caerleon, Newport, UK
The remains on view at Caerleon provide the visitor with a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain. Caerleon has the finest remains of Roman barrack buildings in Europe. This block housed a century - 80 men. The larger rooms in the...
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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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49 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU, UK
Head over to the Cardiff Market for your very inexpensive lunch! One the day that my stomach cried for food, I did just that and dug into a (beef) meat pie and "chips" drowning in brown gravy, accompanied by a delicious hot cup of coffee. The...
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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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Atop of Cardiff's Edwardian Baroque style city hall is an impressive carving of the nation's symbol, the Welsh Dragon. Other than this big guy, you can find dragons located all over the city - on shop windows, garbage cans, and just about...
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Vale of Glamorgan, UK
Another lighthouse worth visiting in South Wales is Nash Point Lighthouse. To get there from Wick look out for a turning on the left signposted Marcross. Follow signs for Nash Point. Tours are available of the lighthouse, starting March 2nd. Tours...
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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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Porthcawl, UK
Traveling in winter has its ups and downs. On of the positives for this trip is that the sea was really wild and I really hoped for some dramatic photos at this lighthouse. Minutes earlier I was right next to it and got splashed a little but I am...
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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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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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National Cycle Route 8, 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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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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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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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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Dylan's Walk, Laugharne, Carmarthen SA33 4SD, UK
Visiting the boathouse is great this time of year. There is nobody else around so you can take your time with the visit. It's a lovely house where the poet, writer and broadcaster Dylan Thomas live the last four years of his tragically short life....
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Going to St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire we had to stop and see the coast. It was not the best of ideas as it was extremely windy and cold but we could not resist. Part of the parking lot was flooded and there were people at work setting...
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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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Caerleon, Newport, UK
The remains of some 75 amphitheaters have been located in widely scattered areas of the Roman Empire. The amphitheater in Caerleon is the best preserved example in Britain. Known probably since the Middle Ages as King Arthur's Round Table, until...
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Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB, UK
The interior of castle is just incredible. You start the tour with the Arab Room, a small but extraordinary room. Beautiful blue walls and incredible ceiling. The craftsmanship is superb. The rest of the rooms open to the public are equally...
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6 Somerset Pl, Swansea SA1 1RR, UK
In Swansea you will find many traces of the city's favorite son - Dylan Thomas. In one way he is honored is with the Dylan Thomas Center, which shows and tells all about the life of the poet, novelist, playright... Inside the center is one of the...
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Gloucester Pl, Swansea SA1 1TY, UK
Dylan Thomas, who is known as a doomed, drunkard poet (which he liked) is revered in his home city of Swansea, so much so that they erected a statue of the poet who died too young at the age of 39.
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Gower, United Kingdom
Gower is a peninsula in south of Wales. It is about an hour bus ride from Swansea. I was there in May, and weather can be nasty with high winds and drizzle. However, it has wide sandy beaches, and amazing cliffs which are worth exploring on a nice...
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Penrhiw-llan, Llandysul SA44 5NG, UK
We tried this place while staying at Brechfa Forest Barns and found it very interesting. Good prices, good food and great atmosphere. Kids are welcomed so that was a big plus for us, traveling with kids. Inside they have a lovely waiting area with...
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Don’t be deceived by its West London locale. Notting Hill may be one of the city’s poshest neighborhoods but all that is forgotten when it comes to its outdoor flea market. Portobello Market is mainly known for its impressive collection of...
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191 Portobello Rd, London W11 2ED, UK
For the ultimate cinema experience in London, head way down to Portobello Road in Notting Hill to see a film at the Electric Cinema, which has been showing movies for 100 years. After just recently undergoing a refurbishment, you'll find plush...
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Richmond Way, Hammersmith, London W14 0AX, UK
K West was crawling with musicians and media types during my visit, and it makes sense: the property exudes a very modern, artsy vibe. It's one of the most popular hangouts in West London and it's easily spotted by its neon lights highlighting a...
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Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK
Museum cafes are often depressing affairs, white formica boxes where you grab a curling sandwich on your way to the next piece of tourism. But the main cafe's trio of rooms are nothing like that. Designed, respectively, by William Morris,...
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148 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UE, UK
According to a group of very picky Italians living in London, this is some of the best Italian food you can find here (which is saying something). It's the place to go if you're planning on a nice night out. The picture doesn't do it justice but...
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186 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LA, UK
This specialist gin bar and museum is on the second floor of the Portobello Star pub. Read "London Distilled," about the first new gin distillery to be built in London in nearly 200 years.