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Day Ten: Wales

August 10, 2006

Pulling into the Llanfair train station in Wales is always good for a few giggles. Llanfair’s official name is:

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Which is a bit of contrived whimsy meaning “St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave,” or “Tourists, please visit our town” for short.

“I believe antidisestablishmentarianism and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious were born there,” says Orange Bear.

Actually, antidisestablishmentarianism met its demise in Wales when the Church of Wales was officially disestablished (that is, separated from the state) in the early 20th century.

Now, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious does evoke some of the magical qualities of Wales, the land of fairies and castles (over 400 of them!).

Orange Bear raises his paw. “Missed a thing or two, dear friend.”

Oh, yes, Wales is also the land of ffroes and Rupert Bear and the Orangery at Margam Park.

“That’s better.”


(Snowdonia, photo: Eifion)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. A Feline Ally permalink
    August 11, 2006 3:58 pm

    It’s also the home to the abbey in the famed Wordsworth poem, “Tintern Abbey” — one of my favorite spots in Wales. p.s. Lovely photo. I didn’t realize it boasts so much snow!

  2. A Feline Ally permalink
    August 11, 2006 4:02 pm

    p.p.s.: Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tintern_Abbey

  3. August 11, 2006 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the link!

    Wordsworth has a nice little home in the Crumpet library…

  4. August 12, 2006 12:33 pm

    Thanks for visiting, Karin!

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