Thursday evening October 5th under a full moon and after our supper at the Oakley Arms Hotel in Maentwrog, our bus driver Gwyn dropped us off at the high school in the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We were in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and had been invited to attend one of the very top male voice choirs in the whole of Wales practice, Cor -y -Brythoniaid. What an amazing experience it was for our Wild Wales Tours guests, during their break they boys c
Tonight it will be story time at the Winona County Historical Society here in Winona, MN.
There will not be a fireplace but there will be plenty of Tales from Wales, stories of the Holy Wells of Wales, the sacred springs and ancient sites that were the gathering places for saints and story tellers before Christianity. The event is free starts at 7p.m sharp.
Tea and coffee will be served as well as Bara Brith( freclked bread). When entering a Welsh home there is no better we
The Atlantic Portuguese Man of War actually is not a jellyfish but a siphonophore. It has a very complicated makeup. The color is a blue bottle hue that could be easily be mistaken for a rounded off granite rock. It lives on the surface of the water, has no way of propulsion and moves according to the wind, currents and tides. Many hundreds washed up one the South Wales Coast this week after a large storm at sea. Unfortunately the whitish one we saw did not live.
What we thought was a rock on the beach at sunrise turned out to be a Portuguese Man of War. Many were washed ashore on the beaches in Southern Wales last week after a huge offshore storm in the Bay of Biscay. A vista on our walk along an ancient path descending down from Tre Ceiri, an iron age fort on the Lleyn peninsular. Two happy guests at Nant Gwtheryn above the Irish Sea last week. Fresh seafood at the Cardiff Marketplace on Monday morning.
As our Wild Wales Tour group leaves this magical nation we will reflect on this land of dragons, song and poetry. Sunrise on a beach in Tenby during a early morning walk, the sweeping vista of the beach at Llandudno. The waterfalls in the hamlet of Arthog, Snowdonia National Park, a riot of flowers on the palisade in Tenby by the sea. Elinor,Ann,Mehefin and Ann came to perform for us our on the last night at the Marriot hotel in Cardiff.
Our first stop yesterday morning was at Caerleon, (Isca) one of the largest and most preserved legionary Roman Fotress site in the whole of Europe established in A.D.75. A bright sunny day with a blue sky and when we arrived we were alone but shortly a busload or Roman Warriors appeared and marched into the great amphitheater with determination and gusto. A school outing experiencing history! After lunch we headed out to the great abbey at Tintern built in 1131. The monks coe
Our first stop this morning on our Wild Wales Tours was at Dylan Thomas’ studio and home in Laugharne in Carmarthenshire. Thomas studio as he left it. Mark Montanaro recited many of Thomas work for us on the patio at the Thomas home overlooking the river Taf and estuary. This afternoon we were given a passionate presentation at the newly formed Welsh senedd (senate) by our presenter Shay of the creative changes the new Welsh government are acting on after being ruled by Westm
Today we visited the National Library off Wales that sits prominently on a hillside above the seaside town of Aberystwyth. A presentation by Cyril who told us that the Germans did not bomb the building during the second World War that was full of innumerable important documents, including the Magna Carta paperwork. They used the prominent building for a navigational aid as they flew the sorties over the United Kingdom flying up Cardigan Bay to Liverpool and the North. We were
Yesterday afternoon were were serenaded by Mair Tomos Williams as we eat our delicious lunch at Dylanwad in the market town of Dolgellau. Mair played her triple harp, shared some stories and sang to us like a nightingale! After lunch we visited the great Strata Florida Cistercian Abbey at Pontrhydfendigaid and were given a presentation by Professor David Austin a top archeologist in Wales. Recently David and his team discovered a celtic church buried under the 1164 Abbey. Sto