Category Archives: Wales
If you ever find yourself visiting a Welsh popty, that’s a bakery to non-Welsh speakers, here are two delicious, traditional recipes you have to try. And while you’re learning the word popty, you may as well learn the best word in the Welsh language – popty ping. It means microwave! You’ve got to love the onomatopoeia at play there. It’s more of a slang term, the official word is popty microdon, but I think popty ping is gaining popularity with the younger generation in Wales.
First built in 1106 this castle in Mumbles has been destroyed in numerous battles and then rebuilt as it passed from owner to owner. The current picturesque ruins which sit in a small woodland with views over Swansea Bay are popular with tourists and locals alike. Haunted by a ‘woman in white’, she has been seen wandering around the exterior walls of the castle while crying inconsolably. The young lady’s white robes have been ripped open to show bloody lacerations across her back. It is said that she was a medieval prisoner who was whipped to death in the castle’s dungeon, where the whipping post can still be seen today.
JMW Turner was just one of many painters charmed by the beauty of Aberdulais Falls. Over 200 years later and it remains a popular tourist destination, not only for its natural features, but for the remains of a tin works, one of many industries that sprang up here to harness the power of the falls. Located in South Wales they are home to Europe’s largest electricity-generating waterwheel, as well as playing a role in the creation of the world’s first beer cans. I decided to take a visit to this National Trust site to find out more about this slice of local Welsh history.