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Oh wow, my own blog, how exciting! Where do I start?
Well, my name is Ginnie and I will be posting regular blogs and updates about the beautiful country of Wales. This will include everything from reviews to inspirational travel ideas. Please feel free to comment get involved with the blog on social media.

The Welsh Language

The Welsh language is beautiful, whether spoken in the rounded lilt of the south or the more staccato rhythm of the north, and I had every intention of learning to speak it as soon as I could after my move to Wales. I had visions of me speaking fluently to my new Welsh friends within months. I had the tapes (showing my age here!) and accompanying books but unfortunately things didn’t go quite as planned and I am still working on it!


Hello and Welcome!

Hi! My name’s Ginnie and welcome to my journal! This is my first foray into blog writing but am hoping that my love of Wales will shine through and infect you all with the urge to discover for yourselves all my adopted country has to offer!

A little bit about me first….  Born and raised in England, I have always had links to Wales with visits to family on the North Coast and listening to my Mum's many stories of idyllic summer holidays spent on Anglesey when she was a girl.


2014 World Rally Championship - Top Five Locations for Wales Rally GB

The Ceremonial Start for Wales Rally GB, the final round of the 2014 World Rally Championship, will be at 6.30pm on Thursday 13 November at Eirias Park Stadium, Colwyn Bay in North Wales. There is free access and it will feature a pre-event autograph session. The Rally takes place in North and Mid Wales with 23 Special Stages totalling some 191 miles (308 km) from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 November with the Ceremonial Finish on Mostyn Street in Llandudno at 1.20pm.

Food Festivals in Wales - A Top Five selection

In recent years, Wales has built up a significant reputation as a destination for food lovers and this is illustrated at some superb Food Festivals that are held throughout the country.
Pride of place must go to the Abergavenny Food Festival which takes over the town for two days every year; the dates for 2014 are Saturday and Sunday 20 & 21 September. It won the 2013 Best Event in Wales at the National Tourism Awards and deservedly so; the phrase ‘something for everyone’ is rather overused but in this case it really is justified - the Festival guide last year had over eighty pages! In the region of 230 stalls fill half a dozen venues (some indoors like the Market Hall) and line the sides of several streets. Not to be missed!


National Park, Wildlife and Nature Visitor Centres in Wales

A selection of Visitor Centres in Wales that provide information and interpretation of some of our major attractions we have to offer our visitors - the National Parks, wildlife and nature.
Hafod Eryri is the Visitor Centre on the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) which at 3,560 ft makes it the highest mountain in Wales. It has a unique structure built of granite with a wall of glass making up the front of the centre which acts as the terminus of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and provides an interpretation of the mountain, its history and ways to enjoy it. Depending on the weather on the mountain, Hafod Eryri opens as soon as access by train is possible in the spring and usually closes at the end of October. Snowdonia (Eryri) was designated a National Park in 1951and is the third most visited National Park in England and Wales with over 6 million visitors every year.


And all that Jazz (and Blues) - Festivals in Wales

From Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th August, Brecon Jazz will be bringing super-cool jazz to one of Wales’s most historic country towns. Burt Bacharach kicks off this 30th Anniversary edition of this international Festival on the Thursday night and other headliners include Gregory Porter, soul singer/songwriter and Mercury Prize nominee Laura Mvula, the newly reformed Loose Tubes, The Big Chris Barber Band, Warren Vaché with his quintet, featuring multi-award winning reeds man Alan Barnes and the Mike Harries Root Doctors. And the Brecon Fringe Festival takes place at the same time offering a programme of music and arts including blues, rock, jazz, country, ska, poetry, dance and family entertainment.


Major Music Festivals in Wales

Not very many Music Festivals can offer performances from artistes that range from opera star Bryn Terfel to rock legends Status Quo! Both will be performing at the six day 68th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which starts this year on Tuesday 8th July together with over 5,000 singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around fifty countries.


World Heritage Castles in North Wales

The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd gained World Heritage status in 1986. The four castles of Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris and the fortified towns at Caernarfon and Conwy are the finest examples of medieval military architecture in Europe. Designed as part of Edward’s campaign to conquer and rule the medieval principality of Gwynedd, they are now one of the major references of medieval history.


Old Railway Lines in Wales - A Top Five Selection

Wales is fortunate to still have rural railways such as the Cambrian Line and the Heart of Wales lines but there is still a great deal of interest in tracing the routes that closed in the 1960s.
From Builth Wells in Mid Wales, the Moat Lane Junction to Brecon line ran south-east to Erwood where the former station (off the B4567) is now a Craft Centre and Gallery with Great Western Railway carriage galleries and a restored diesel shunter.


A Top Five Selection of Farm Attractions in Wales

From rabbits to giraffes (and all sizes in between the two!), farm attractions in Wales offer a wide range of animals and some wonderful days out for all he family.
Between Narberth and Tenby in Pembrokeshire is the delightful and very popular Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo - a farm, a zoo and a funfair plus indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. Visitors can see the farm animals, get on the indoor fairground rides, enjoy the outdoor Adventure Parks and the Carousel Woods indoor adventure playground and go to the Follywood Country Park and their very own zoo, which is home to the only giraffes in Wales.