To the right is a map of the United Kingdom (sometimes called Great Britain) -- ask your teacher to show you where it is on the world map. Miss Elaine's daughter Zoe lives way down toward the left corner of the map. Can you see the small green arrow? That is pointing to Penzance in the county of Cornwall in England.
The little yellow lump on the left is the country of Wales. It's not very large -- less than half the size of Massachusetts and about the size of the Oklahoma panhandle plus the two contiguous (I love that word -- it means "next to" something) counties.
Miss Zoe, Miss Elaine, Mr. Jack and I drove to Wales. Actually, Miss Zoe did all the driving. In the U.K (short for United Kingdom) everybody drives on the left side of the road, which is very confusing for people used to driving on the right.
Wales may be a small country but it is packed with fantastic scenery, things to do and CASTLES. There are 641 castles in Wales. They are very old. I don't think anybody lives in them any more -- at least not in the ones we visited!
Can you see me in the picture above? I look very small in front of the huge gateway into the Cardiff Castle grounds. The castle is surrounded by a huge wall.
The day we visited, it was drizzly and chilly. My fur was getting damp and Miss Elaine was cold and didn't want to climb that big hill so Miss Zoe took the camera and took pictures while the rest of us stayed inside and drank hot tea!
The largest castle we saw was in the northern part of the country at Caernarfon. It's not the biggest castle in Wales but probably the most important and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was here in1282 that the son of Edward I was born -- the first English Prince of Wales.
The castle's location by the River Seiont gave the King easy access to the sea. Here's a view from inside the castle.
This is another of Edward's castles, Beaumaris, on the island of Anglesey. It, too, had easy access to the ocean. This is me by the moat.
Conwy Castle was the last castle we visited -- we only have 635 more to go! Here is a drawing of the castle:
After we toured the castle, we went to dinner. When we came out, it had rained and the sun was coming out. The sun was going down but just hit the top of the castle. Don't you think this is pretty?