In September 2001, we visited Wales. After a great tour of England and Scotland, this was the last part of our Great Britain trip.
Wales is a beautiful and quiet corner of Great Britain. The people are warm and friendly. The scenery is a combination of majestic mountains, placid streams, picturesque little villages and historic cities.
The Welsh Language Act 1993 and the Government of Wales Act 1998 provide that the English and Welsh languages be treated equally. English is spoken by almost all people in Wales and is the main language. However, Northern and Western Wales retain many areas where Welsh is spoken as a first language by the majority of the population, and English learned as a second language. Many signs and town names in this area are Welsh only. Many towns with Welsh names like Ffynnongroyw, Dwygyfylchi and Llanfairfechan make it a little challenging to ask for directions!
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