Photos of Wales

Llangollen, Clwyd, Wales

In 2006, I was fortunate to be able to travel to the UK twice, once in March and again in May when my teenage daughter could join me. One of the places we visited briefly was Llangollen in Wales. My husband-to-be escorted my daughter and I all over the UK showing us all the sights, some you'd find on a tour map, and others you would not. He made an excellent tour guide.

There are several things I noticed about Wales. First, I felt like a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" because I regularly felt the need to buy a vowel. Welsh words seem to be lacking in the vowel department. I saw an awful lot of l's, y's, w's and d's. I joked on another hub of mine about my UK visit that I swear I sound like I'm choking on something when I try to pronounce "Llangollen". My Texas tongue just doesn't quite know how to curl around the right way for that middle part of the word. If you know how the Welsh pronounce it, you'll know what I mean.

The other thing I noticed about Wales was their hospitality. Being from the hospitality state, that's something I notice and appreciate wherever I go. We visited several shops in Llangollen and everyone was very nice. The gentleman at the register at the souvenir shop was quick to pick up on my Texas accent and struck up a conversation. The little Welsh porcelain doll you see below was an item I purchased at his shop, along with lots of souvenirs I brought back for friends and family.

River Dee at Llangollen, Wales
River Dee at Llangollen, Wales
River Dee in Llangollen, Wales
River Dee in Llangollen, Wales

Short Video I Found on YouTube Showing the Same Area I Show in My Photos

Tintern Abbey

Seeing the ruins of Tintern Abbey was something I did on my first visit in March. It was simply breathtaking. It's one of the things on my list to show my daughter the next time she goes back.

If you've followed my hubs for a while you'll know I have a deep appreciation for architecture. These remains are simply majestic. My pictures do not do it justice. Please click on the link in my resource/link section below for some big beautiful professional photos of Tintern taken the same year as mine.

Tintern Abbey was founded in 1131. That's a date that is unfathomable to most Americans. In Texas, I get excited if I find something built in the late 1800s that is still standing.

Be sure to watch the YouTube video below of Iron Maiden's "Can I Play With Madness". They filmed the first half of this video inside Tintern Abbey. It allows you to appreciate the scale and beauty of Tintern Abbey.

Tintern Abbey-March 2006
Tintern Abbey-March 2006
Tintern Abbey March 2006
Tintern Abbey March 2006

Iron Maiden's "Can I Play With Madness" Music Video was Filmed in Tintern Abbey

Chepstow, Wales

Chepstow Castle is the oldest surviving stone fortification in Great Britain. It's a shame that the weather was so gloomy on the day I was there because the castle really doesn't look at dreary as it appears in this photo. Click on the link below in the resource/link section to see some beautiful professional photos. One includes a shot taken from an angle inside the castle where you can see the white bridge I took my photo from.

Chepstow Castle overlooking the River Wye in Wales
Chepstow Castle overlooking the River Wye in Wales

Visit Wales

If you find yourself in the UK, be sure to visit Wales.  It is beautiful and you'll find the people to be very hospitable.

Porcelain Welsh Doll Souvenir
Porcelain Welsh Doll Souvenir

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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for sharing. I have never visitied Wales but would like to. The weather is often rainy I think

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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I really enjoyed this. Your photos are amazing. Thanks

"I felt like a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" because I regularly felt the need to buy a vowel"

I loved this remark LOL

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GmaGoldie 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Wonderfully written - Vanna White and all! I want to travel there - thank you for taking me with while I sat in my chair here!

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

Beautiful and well written! I love this hub! I love the pictures! You brought this to life for me and I thank you!

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you so much, Ethel, Alekhouse, GmaGoldie, and Smireles! I think we should all take a visit to Wales right now! We'd have a blast!

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nomoretrucks 7 years ago from scotland

Hiya, or should i say sut mae! i am a bred North Walian and come from brymbo Just over the mountain from Llangollen, i spent a lot of time there and drank far too much there(off season when the locals paynormal prices) The pics you posted made me feel home sick. I used to dive off the bridge you walked over for a laugh but after a scuba dive under it when i was older it scared me, its about 16ft deep,cold and has old bedsteads and bike frames sticking out of the rocks ready to make you into a human Kebab!

Diolch yn fawr(thanks a lot)

'Dwin gobeithio(i remember)

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awwww.....My husband spent a lot of time there too. He lived in Chepstow near that bridge for several years. I love the area. It's scary to think about the things we do as kids that once we get older we wouldn't dream of doing. I'll have to tell my husband about your find there. Thanks for the Welsh lesson....see what I mean about not enough vowels?! LOL

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barryliam 6 years ago

ethel smith - the weather is often rainy, but its still beautiful over here even when it rains.

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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

If rain is a deterrent for Ethel, she won't find herself in the Pacific Northwest from Sept 2 thru July 3 (or approx dates)! Wonderful hub on Wales KCC! Can you type the words phonetically so we can get a little idea of it? I've heard it spoken, but I'm totally unable to repeat any part of it.

Would love the opportunity to go!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Candie, I found a site online that shows it as "Clan-lach-lynn". My UK husband pronounces it more like "Lan-glaaaaawk-lynn" with the emphasis on the middle where you sound like you're hacking up phlegm. :)

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I really like your enthusiasm, and enjoyed seeing your photos.

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EverythingMouse 6 years ago

It seems like you had a great trip to Wales. I haven't visited for many years but as a child we used to have family vacations there.

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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Great Hub KCC, beautiful and captivating pictures. I've never been out of our country so I appreciate the colorful virtual trip to Whales. :)

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sousadejesus 6 years ago

I believe that after this i want to go to Wales

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Wonderful friendly people can be axcused vocubulary shortcomings though :-))

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks sheila b, Mekenzie, Sousadejesus, and DeGreek! Glad I could perhaps inspire a trip or two to Wales. You're right, DeGreek, friendliness makes up for almost anything!

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frogdropping 6 years ago

I was in Llangollen a few years ago KCC. I travelled along the railways, alongside the River Dee. I was there to take a ride on a steam engine that had been newly restored. I was with my dad, a keen train anorach. He was far more excited by the train - I was more in love with the drive into Llangollen and Llangollen itself. A beautiful town and picture-postcard pretty. I also found myself wandering among the shops - plus I managed to enjoy a café or two whilst there :)

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

It is gorgeous in that area, isn't it? It's a place I definitely want to re-visit. Thanks for stopping by Frogdropping!

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knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Hi KCC loved reading your hub as I am from Cardiff, I have written a hub on Welsh place names and pronunciation which might help when hacking and spitting your way through our names on your next visit.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

I'll check it out, knell63. Glad you enjoyed my Texas view of Wales. I'd love to come back over to visit!

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OrlandoC 6 years ago from Glen Ridge

Great hub. I have to visit Wales now. Call me strange but I love the rain!

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Glad that I have inspired you to visit Wales, OrlandoC. It's a great place to visit. I like the rain too, but I would hate to have to be out in it a lot.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Bill! I'd really like to visit there again. I suspect they're seeing a lot of snow at this point though.

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AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the photos and information. I used to live in Wales, so I always like reading hubs about the area.

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Alicia. It's a beautiful place.

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