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    Llangollen was always a favourite place of mine. When I was aged 12-15 I belonged to a cycling club in Liverpool, and one of our regular runs was Llangollen and back in a day, a round trip of about 100 miles. After I was married I took my wife and younger brother on the same cycling trip, although we stayed overnight on that occasion

    Plas Newydd - A 14th-century country house in Llangollen, North Wales. Rebuilt in Victorian times and remodelled in the 1930s.
    One time home to The "Ladies of Llangollen"..
    Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, were two upper-class Irish women whose relationship scandalised and fascinated their contemporaries during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.[1] The pair moved to a Gothic mansion in Llangollen, North Wales, in 1780 after leaving Ireland to escape the social pressures of conventional marriages. Over the years, numerous distinguished visitors called upon them. Guests included Shelley, Byron, Wellington and Wordsworth, who wrote a sonnet about them.

    Throughout their lives, the two ladies dressed in men’s clothes leading to the assumption they were lesbians. However, research of their diaries and correspondents hint at no sexual relations, prompting some historians to conclude it was a Boston marriage, or platonic romance.



    The rather magnificent front doorway..

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    Close to Llangollen is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee in the Vale of Llangollen in northeast Wales. The 18-arched stone and cast iron structure is for use by narrowboats and was completed in 1805 having taken ten years to design and build.



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    That bridge/aqueduct is stupendous
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    The magnificent Menai Straits which divides the Welsh mainland from the island of Anglesey.

    Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge is in the foreground, with Thomas Telford’s Suspension Bridge behind..

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    Then there is Snowdonia. No it's not always snowy Photographs just don't do it justice, so I'll just post one Winter and one Summer - and we're still in North Wales, so plenty to post for mid-Wales and the South. What have you got?



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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    The magnificent Menai Straits which divides the Welsh mainland from the island of Anglesey.

    Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge is in the foreground, with Thomas Telford’s Suspension Bridge behind..


    The Britannia bridge was burned down in 1970 in an act of vandalism by some acquaintances of mine. I still remember the explosive crack noise as pieces of white hot wrought iron, hit the water.

    The bridge was originally a train only bridge and didn't have those arches. The tubes were jacked into place, using those mortises in the towers.




    The current historical view is that the fire was a good thing, because it accelerated the building of a second road crossing.
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    I have got a few pictures from further down south. I was lucky enough to do regular student exchanges to Port Talbot from 2005 to 2015. I made some good friends and remember some impressive sights.
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    The first impression was always the view of the M4 motorway suspension bridge.

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    Rhossili Beach and Worm's Head were part of our schedule whenever possible.

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    I was able to visit the Senedd in Cardiff with my students on several occasions.

    We stopped going on college trips to Wales in 2016 but received groups from Port Talbot until last year. This year the corona virus made it impossible to go anywhere with our students, and I fear next year won't be any different.

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    Thanks for #6 Gareth, I forgot about that.
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    Gorgeous.
    whoa, camel. WHOA CAMEL!

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    South Stack Lighthouse, Holyhead, Anglesey.

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    Then there's music. A viscous connecting fluid.


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    Barmouth (or Abermaw or Y Bermo) in Mid-Wales. A great place to drop anchor, or pick up a guest mooring for the night, if you're cruising Cardigan (Ceredigion) Bay.



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    The way National anthem should be done.


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    #11 - Genuinely brought tears to my eyes, thanks Gareth.

    This is a favourite of mine, also popular at Rugby matches - Calon Lan..

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    # 11 - Thank you, Gareth. That is beautiful.

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    Love bridges... and those are some lovely ones.

    Is Wales considered 'way out there'? A verdant version of the Aussie's 'outback'?

    Which part is coal country?
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    The Valleys in the south are coal country.

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    This is a picture of Big Pit in Blaenavon, which is a museum where you are led underground by former miners.

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    This is a view from the hilltops on Rhondda, a miners' town in Rhondda Valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Love bridges... and those are some lovely ones.

    Is Wales considered 'way out there'? A verdant version of the Aussie's 'outback'?

    Which part is coal country?
    Coal country was in the south of Wales. The north had copper ore and lots of slate.
    Copper mine


    Slate mining waste.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Isla and Gareth,

    let me thank you for sending me down memory lane. I have been browsing through my photos. Unfortunately, I can't post any where my students are shown without their consent.

    However, I found these pictures which are connected with some portable memories that also keep well - until the bottle is opened and emptied.

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    I was given Penderyn Welsh Whisky as a present repeatedly and bought some more, but it took me until 2017 on a private trip to visit the place itself, Penderyn Distillery in Hirwaun, and I was there again in 2019 to carry home more memories.

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    ^ Great stuff, thanks for posting.
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    On a visit to Big Pit with a group of students I had a wonderful experience. Some of my students came from a salt-mining town in our region and were members of a miners' choir. We went down the mine shaft and were shown around the mine by a guide who was an ex-miner. We enjoyed the tour immensely and had a good time. Then, on the way back up the mine shaft, my students started singing one of their traditional miners' songs. The guide, who was still with us, recognized the tune and accompanied my students singing the same song in Welsh. I was quite touched by that and realized that there is a miners' culture that transcends borders and languages. Unfortunately, coalmining in Wales is history now while our salt mines are still open.

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    It is said that Wales has more ancient fortresses per square mile than anywhere else in Europe.
    This is one of my favourites - Conwy - because I spent a summer living on my boat in Deganwy Harbour, just across the river, and I could see the castle from my cockpit.

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    My favorite Welsh bridge near Cenarth. Talked to a volunteer who was making a coracle for the museum. I remember him saying, “Never been to the states, but I been to EuroDisney.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    My favorite Welsh bridge near Cenarth. Talked to a volunteer who was making a coracle for the museum. I remember him saying, “Never been to the states, but I been to EuroDisney.”

    I have been interested in traditional skin-on-frame boats for a long time, and I have got some literature about Welsh coracles, too. I thought I might once try a hand in building one, but I haven't come round to it yet. It seems that they are handled in quite a special way, but as far as I know fishing from coracles is still practiced on the River Teifi.

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    I spent 8 months living in N Wales, and I could still feel the wind in that picture of Holy Head.

    Thanks for the good memories, it is a beautiful place. Snowdonia especially, but my top favorite is the many views of small green paddocks surrounded by ancient stone walls sprawling across the valleys.

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    Speaking about castles, I have found a photo of Caerphilly Castle that my son took on our bicycle trip from Port Talbot to Dover.

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    It was late in the afternoon, and we were in a hurry to get to Newport.

    And speaking about bridges, in Newport we wanted to cross the River Usk using the Newport Transporter Bridge, but we were too early and did not have the patience to wait for it to open.

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    I hope there will be another chance to use it.

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    There's lots of Wales...

    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Port Talbot.
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Nearby...
    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    The wonderful carved stone animals at Cardiff Castle - more here.




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    Along the coast a bit

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    From the same mad rich bugger who gave us the animal wall....

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    P.I. Stazzer-Newt, thank you especially for #28. We had the chance to visit Port Talbot Steel Works several times with groups of students. The visits gave our students valuable insights into steel production, and I regretted deeply when Tata discontinued the visitor programme. I can't find any pictures in my photo files, but I think we were not allowed to take any on the steel works premises.
    I have followed the development of the steel works in the media because directly or indirectly friends and their family depend on them for their livelyhood. The latest development I am aware of is the merger with Thyssen-Krupp that didn't take place in the end. I fear that the Corona crisis will make things even more difficult.

    PS.: I found one picture that we took from the coach on arrival. The steel works were always the first sight of Port Talbot when we arrived on the M4.
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    This Is Wales
    why is there no 'welsh' whisky?

    i mean there's scotch whisky, irish whisky. . .
    there's even english whisky - who drinks it no one knows, but it does exist
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    Isla, thank you for the leopard and the hyena. I'll raise you the pelican and the tower itself.

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