How I Learned Welsh


Mae isie i fi prunnu petrol … Does dim isie i fi prunnu petrol … is that right? Aaaaargh!  Bloody Welsh! I wish I could speak it.  Really, I want to.  I’m not a language klutz.  I can even swear in French, and speak enough German that I make as much sense as anybody at […]

February 15, 2018

5 of the Most Romantic Hotels in Wales


Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Bala The Lake Vyrnwy Hotel epitomises “location, location, location” with one of the most mesmerising views you are going to find anywhere on earth, never mind Wales.  Nestled among the soaring mountains that ring the lake, isolated in perfect peace and quiet, this neo-baronial pile in specious grounds offers pitch pine, deep leather […]

February 13, 2018

10 Places in Wales You Absolutely HAVE to Visit


1. St Fagan’s National Museum of History For your introduction to Wales, there’s no better place than St Fagan’s, just outside Cardiff.  For the last several decades, the museum’s archaeologists have been tracking down endangered examples of ancient buildings all across Wales, dismantling them, and rebuilding them in the extensive gardens of St Fagan’s Castle.  […]

February 8, 2018

10 Things You Won’t Know Unless You’ve Lived in Wales


A little friendly advice for anybody who finds the Welsh, “well, a bit hard to understand…” This is a cwtch. Chopsy has nothing to do with meat. “The Valleys” is not a nickname for Wales. The World Bog-Snorkelling Championship is a serious global sporting event “Yur” can mean ear, year, or here. When somebody begins […]

February 2, 2018

Gwenllian, Warrior Princess of Wales


The mist is tears dappling my cheeks.  The winter’s cold seeps through clothes to clutch the soul.  Such blood.  Such heartache.  The wind blows a mournful gust, the howl of a hundred widows, for the blood of those who struggled to preserve their people, their livelihoods, their customs and laws, from the rapacious land grabs […]

January 31, 2018

20 Fabulous Welsh Phrases


Are you embarrassed by your lack of Welsh?  Don’t know your popty ping from your smwddio?  Let us help.  Our handy word list may not be directly applicable to most everyday situations, but you’ll have instant kudos just for knowing them.  After all, how can anybody not be in awe of somebody who knows a […]

January 24, 2018

You Know You’re Welsh When …


1. Your “butt” does not refer a part of your anatomy     2. Your bus driver is called “Drive.”  And you thank him when you get off.     3. “Tidy” means “good” or “well”.     4. You always start a lie with, “I’m not going to lie to you.”     5. […]

January 21, 2018

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Visit Wales


It was cold.  The wind had howled all night.  The rain periodically lashed down, with occasional forays into sleet and hail.  But since when did a little water worry the Welsh?  They ought to be used to it be now! People were queuing up from 6.30 a.m. in Cardiff to get the best spots for […]

January 19, 2018

10 Places to Pop THE Question this St Dwynwen’s Day


Jan 25th coming up, St Dwynwen’s day.  It’s cold outside but it’s warm in your heart, and maybe you’re feeling the need to ask a certain question of that very special person, on one knee, whilst brandishing a ring containing the most expensive stones you’ve ever displayed … Okay, so when you’re on your knees […]

January 17, 2018