Wales

Wales is famous for its stunning scenery, ancient history, and charming language. Wales is known for Mount Snowdon, its tallest mountain, and the most castles per capita in Europe. There are also plenty of famous Welsh men and women, including Roald Dahl, Anthony Hopkins and Jack Daniels.

THREE things we did not know about Wales:

  1. Longest name in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This outrageously extravagant Welsh name belongs to a peaceful little town on an island off Anglesey. Roughly translated into English it creates this poetic phrase: “St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave”. 
  2. Welsh town Hay-on-Wye is twinned with Timbuktu! Hay-on-Wye is the second-hand book capital of the world.Timbuktu is the oldest home of the written word in Africa, with many public and private libraries housing ancient Arabic and African manuscripts. Also, they’re not the easiest places to reach by public transport. So, bizarrely it seems they were made for one another.
  3. Cardiff holds the oldest record shop in the world, opening in 1894. It’s called Spillers.

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