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

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

Love — the Welsh Way

Folklore, Lifestyle

Is that love in the air? If you’re in Wales, and it’s January 25th, it most certainly is, because it’s St Dwynwen’s Day.  Here’s your complete guide to lovin’, the Welsh way. Who Was St Dwynwen? Dwynwen was a princess in the fourth century (so, late Roman Britain), the fifth of twenty-four daughters of the […]

January 15, 2018

8 Big Movies and TV Shows Filmed in Wales


Wales is gorgeous, we all know that: dramatic, breath-taking, inspiring.  It’s hardly surprising we’re the land of song, because the landscape alone defies adequate description in prose. But surely, with these stunning vistas, Wales must be a big attraction for people who deal with stunning vistas?  Hollywood, for example, always on the hunt for a […]

January 7, 2018