Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Welsh Wales

We took a trip to the Monmouth and Brecon Canal yesterday to relive our wonderful holiday there a couple of years ago by walking a stretch of it and visiting a few of the towns and villages on the route.

Called in at the Crickhowell (or Crug Hywel in Welsh) and had a look around the Tourist Information Centre. It's a bit ironic when you see a map of the tourist attractions in South Wales and you realise the majority of them are castles built by Edward I or the Marcher Lords and were symbols of English/Norman/Angevin oppression of the Welsh.

Didn't hear a single Welsh accent there. Seems the place is almost entirely a retirement home for English pensioners. Sir George Everest, Surveyor General of India, and the man after whom Mount Everest was named (in the English speaking world), was born in Crickhowell.

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