When I was in Wales in September, I loved seeing dragon symbols everywhere — so much so that I bought a dragon Christmas ornament as souvenir. I don’t recall thinking that what the country really needed was an gigantic, red-tinted bronze dragon statue. But now that the announcement has been made that they’re building Waking […]
Wales is full of history — especially North Wales which has the oldest metal mine open to to the public in the world and Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House, which is reputed to be the finest of its kind remaining in Britain (the amazing plasterwork over its grand fireplace is pictured above). When I was […]
I love buying souvenirs when I travel. No matter how many pictures I take, I still want a tangible memory. Something that I can hold in my hand and think, I was there. But I won't just buy any old souvenir. Oh no, it has to be perfect — at least in that moment when […]
To reach the Great Orme Summit in Llandudno, Wales, you can walk, drive, take the aerial lift or ride the Great Orme Tramway, which has been in operation since 1902. When I was there in September, I opted for the 20-minute ride uphill on Britain’s lone surviving cable-hauled street tram (pictured above). You actually get […]
The Smallest House in Great Britain happens to be in Conwy, Wales. So what’s the largest house in Conwy? Conwy Castle, of course.
One thing on my Wales to-do list was to visit a National Trust Garden. I’m a big fan of gardens — I love to visit the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. I had always heard about these beautiful British gardens — and seen them on TV. Luckily, Bodnant Garden, which is considered one of the […]
I’ve known about Portmeirion dishes for years — I’ve seen the botanical print pottery in many department stores. But I didn’t know why they were called Portmeirion or really anything about them aside from their existence. It turns out that the company takes its name from Portmeirion, Wales (pictured above), an Italianate resort village on […]
When I visited the Smallest House in Great Britain, which is located in Conwy, Wales, I thought it was very small indeed. But as for The Ugly House near the picturesque town of Betws-y-Coed, Wales? Well, I don't think it's ugly at all!
Isn’t the real estate mantra “location, location, location”? Well, what the Smallest House in Great Britain lacks in square footage it makes up for in location. It’s located right on the river in Conwy, Wales, which is a charming medieval town that’s famous for its castle. The town also still has its protective walls in […]
Seeing the real thing is always better than seeing a reproduction, which is one of the reasons why I love traveling. Well, I'm happy to report that while I enjoyed seeing a replica of the World's Longest Train Station Sign when it was visiting the British Memorial Garden in NYC's financial district in March, seeing […]