Travel Time

Wales, the Hidden England

With summertime fast approaching, vacation planning is definitely on everyone’s to do list. So why not think about a trip somewhere else in the world?
Have you ever wondered about touring the nation from whence Tom Jones came from? Yes I am speaking about Wales. It’s an amazing place. This is Wales’ Year of Legends, celebrating its epic past, present and future like never before.
For lovers of nature or the great outdoors this is a paradise on earth. It’s a land of stark beauty and rolling landscapes of green and rocky crags. With three stunning National Parks and over 750 miles of coast, Wales is an exhilarating choice for outdoor activities. Wales has some of the most beautiful and historic gardens in all of Britain. Whatever the season, you’re never far from horticultural happiness.
The Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in Wales. All are narrow gauge steam railways and some have a history spanning well over 100 years. All of them have in common the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paint work and brass. Built in a timeless hasty than our own, most originally served to carry Welsh slate from the quarries to the sea. However, no two are the same and they all offer a unique trip.
But if culture and history are your passion then you are equally well catered for. The Welsh speak their own Celtic language as well as English and have their own culture, poetry and song. The history and myths of one of the world’s oldest civilizations have created an unforgettable range of sights to explore: ancient burial chambers, Roman forts and more than 400 castles, including World Heritage sites at Conwy and Harlech. Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Western Europe. Follow legendary King Arthur to Caerleon Amphitheater, Merlin the magician to Carmarthen and appreciate Wales’ rich culture in museums and galleries everywhere.

Charming market towns and quaint villages pepper the countryside, while cities like Swansea and the capital, Cardiff, are vibrantly cosmopolitan and forward-looking with lots to see and do. The weather is always changeable, much like that of the Pacific Northwest, with summer being the best time to visit. If you like gardens, castles or narrow gauge railways then Wales is for you!
The best time to go is summer time of course, but even September and early October can be a fine time to visit. However, one must remember to bring layered clothing because the weather is changeable.
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