Though I had done extensive traveling within the continental US, I was yet to take an overseas voyage. Last fall, I was given that first opportunity to do so. It was amazing how many more things there were to think about; travel medical insurance , passports, language barriers, and the list continues.
That said, all of the planning and preparation were more than worth it. I’m now a huge fan of the Welsh culture and a proponent of overseas travel in general. Our stay was centered around the capital city, Cardiff. It’s population is just over 300,000, and was known as one of the largest coal ports of the world.
But, coal isn’t all Wales has to offer. I first knew I was in love with Wales when I heard the intoxicating accent that seemed to sing its way through the teeth of the Welsh people. Honestly, there were many moments that I just wanted to stop and listen to the drum of conversation and get lost in the worlds of others. The beautiful worsted wools I discovered in little local shops that dotted the green hills around Cardiff afforded me just that opportunity. As a knitter, that was my bliss.
My husband is a photographer, and I know for a fact that he too was in a state of bliss. Wales offered the most perfect backdrop he had ever seen. Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, Wales is really the ideal canvas. Of course, there are so many things to do; museums to tour, history to unearth, festivals to attend and arts to adore.
The culture was more than inviting, and as a predominantly English speaking country, Wales is an ideal stop during any European excursion. I know that we’ll certainly be returning.