There is such an abundance of culture and visual beauty in Wales as in much of the United Kingdom that it’s virtually impossible to describe all of it. However, one can be certain that any vacation planned for this remarkable country will be unforgettable. With its’ miles of seacoast that border the Irish Sea and the vast midlands and mountain areas that border England a travel tour will be a spectacular viewing adventure at the very least. Blend in hearty helpings of the local dishes and include one or more of the seasonal activities and you have the complete vacation package.
For the most part the Welsh people are enthusiastic and extremely own unique inflection which most stateside find a bit easier to understand than some UK dialects and in short, it’s simply a pretty language.
The major population and larger suburban centers are in the south of Wales in cities such as Cardiff, the country’s capital city. Cardiff has changed from the days it was labeled as a rough place with nothing more than industry as an attraction. In fact, the makeover of this cultural center has promoted it to popular stature among tour booking agents to the point where it now ranks among the UK’s most visited places. The city has transformed to such a degree it is now a major venue for many of Wales major sporting events and this has resulted in the construction of the relatively new Millennium Stadium.
The second largest city in Wales is Swansea by the sea and it is located on the picturesque Gower Peninsula. This area has recently received the distinction as an area of outstanding natural beauty. That’s an incredible label to be attached to any locale and certainly makes this worthy of ones’ first hand observation. The small suburb known as Mumbles which means Oyster is perched on a hillside overlooking the mouth of the Mumbles river that flows into the Irish sea and is known for Oyster and Lobster dishes that whet the appetite. Of course there are the local pubs that greet all with open arms and a cold pint. One might enjoy a ride on the Mumbles to Cardiff train that traverses the western coastline and offers fine dining as well as incredible sightseeing.
A journey into the central areas of Mid-Wales is a trip back in time. The centuries old castles and stone work walls with cobble paved streets is a fairy tale setting for sure. The lush greenery and hedges, fruit trees, evergreens and yes, even palms give the tourists a huge helping of greenery as a backdrop for the picturesque countryside. There is no shortage of hotels and smaller lodging places where one can experience the culture first hand. Add to this the sunrises over Snowdon mountain and Glyderau mountain that are as spectacular as the sunsets out over the Irish sea and one has the best of both these worlds in Mid and North Wales. For those who favor winter vacations the snowcapped mountains offer spectacular views that go well with steaming cider beverages and sides of broiled lamb. For the summer sects, the beaches are warm and surfing is as popular in South Wales as any other coastal areas. A barbequed lobster dinner on the beach is something of an event when one is in the company of friendly Welsh people.
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