Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site

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The Aqueduct as viewed from the little stone bridge upstream

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The little stone bridge upstream, as viewed from the top of the Aqueduct

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Pontcysyllte [Pont-ker-sulth-tay]  is the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world and carries the Llangollen canal high up over the Dee Valley.  It was given World Heritage status in 2009.  Thomas Telford and William Jessop worked on the design.  They were the greatest canal engineers of their day.  

The aqueduct comprises a cast iron trough mounted on stone pillars, spanning the valley 126 feet above the river.  It is 307 metres [1007 feet] long and has 18 piers, 39 metres [126 feet] high, and 19 arches, each with a 13.7 metres [45 feet] span.  It is fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen, and holds 1.5 million litres of water.  Each year the aqueduct is crossed by more than 15,000 boats and 200,000 pedestrians.  It is an adventure to be experienced by all.  

When I was there last week the sky was blue and Autumn had begun to appear, but it was very windy high up on the aqueduct.  I managed to walk halfway across and then had to steady myself against the railings in order to get the photograph of the little stone bridge spanning the river upstream. [There are only railings on one side and a narrow parapet for pedestrians.  Then the trough that carries the canal, then nothing – just a great big drop 126 feet down!!]

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Lonely Planet Chooses North Wales

North Wales has been chosen as one of the best places in the world to visit.  It comes in at number 4 in ‘Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Best in Travel 2017′, and is the only region in the UK to make the listing.  So a great opportunity for me to showcase some of my favourite places in my beautiful homeland. 

And the stunning Italianate Village of Portmeirion

Croeso i Ogledd Cymru!  Welcome to North Wales.

The Weeping Window of Poppies

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Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from the ramparts  to the ground below, originally part of the display at the Tower of London in 2014.

It can be viewed at Caernarfon castle in North Wales until 20th November 2016 – the first venue in Wales to host the sculpture, to mark the centenary of the First World War.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward I in 1283, is under the guardianship of Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh government. [Cadw is the Welsh verb ‘to protect’]

The Wales for Peace Project explores the question: “In the hundred years since WW1, how has Wales contributed in the search for Peace?”

Magical Mykonos

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“My destination is no longer a place,

but a new way of seeing.”

Marcel Proust

Image: The Harbour at the Greek Island of Mykonos.

Meditation on Water

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“The sound of water says what I think.”
Zhuangzi

Zhuang Zhou, often known as Zhuangzi (“Master Zhuang”), was an influential Chinese philosopher and Taoist thinker who lived around the 4th century BC.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuang_Zhou

Image: The Weir at Moss Valley, Wrexham, N Wales.

The Oldest Tree in Wales

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This yew tree is the oldest living tree in Wales and one of the oldest living things in the world, with an estimated age of over 4000 years.  

It can be found in the graveyard at St Digain’s Church, Llangernyw, North Wales.

I Am Sailing, I Am Sailing…

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“Allow your mind to sail as if on a calm sea,

and you will get to port more quickly.”

Image: The Harbour at Porthmadog, N W Wales.