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Wales: The Motherland

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My grandmother was born in Wales, and I've decided to make it my next travel destination. I'm so intrigued by all the castles, bronze-age burial sites, 500 year old pubs and hotels, and rolling green everything. I can't wait to make it over there!
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Ffordd Capel Deunant, Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8BP, UK
The new 870-mile Wales Coast Path knits coastal wilds with the northern highlands and the eastern hill country that borders England. Here are three standout sections: The 30-mile Llyn Peninsula in northwest Wales (above) drew streams of pilgrims...
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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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27, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AF, UK
Tucked into Cardiff's eminently wanderable shopping arcades, Spillers Records claims to be the world's oldest record store. They believe in vinyl and in promoting local bands. Listening stations let you sample staff picks. It's also the kind of...
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Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG, UK
After a long day travelling it was heavenly to arrive at the Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel and Spa just outside Usk in Wales. This very welcoming hotel dates from the Sixteenth century and has a lot of original features including ancient wood doors and steep...
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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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Borth-y-Gest, Porthmadog LL49 9TT, UK
If you're looking for a quaint, gorgeous fishing town in Wales (of which there are many of) then do yourself a favor and let Borth-Y-Gest be on your list. In terms of dining/shopping there isn't much there, but if one parks their car and wanders...
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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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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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Castle Grounds, Lews Castle Grounds, Isle of Lewis HS2 0XP, UK
Wander around the Castle Grounds to work off your lunch. Here you can enjoy the greenery on the mile-long walk along the Creed River, watch for the wildlife that lives in the woods, or encounter the remains of local history and legend, like the...
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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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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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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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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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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...