It’s a small world…

We’ve just returned from four days in Snowdonia, North Wales. We stayed in a remote, converted slate miner’s cottage. To reach it, we drove up a dirt track through a pine forest and then parked beside a footpath that we followed for ten minutes, over streams and past ruined houses. It felt like being in our corner of the Tuscan Apennines. There was no WiFi, mobile connection was very poor, no television and…it was bliss. We needed this break and we soaked up the peace and quiet.
I took plenty of photos and I’m going to post some and mix them with our photos of Tuscany. As I poked around in the Welsh ruins, an Italian expression sang in my head: “Tutto il mondo é paese…” Roughly translated – it’s the same all over the world. The ruined homes of labourers who left the valley of Rhiwddolion, Betws-y-Coed because there was no future reminded me of decaying farmhouses in our valley of Rofelle and the migrants leaving for work elsewhere. The stream gurgling over mossy stones was like the Marecchia. I loved hearing Welsh spoken and tried to pick up a few words. Some were familiar – the word for danger is perygl; the Italian is pericolo, for example.
So, here’s a little game for you. See if you can identify which photos belong to which country: Wales or Italy.
A change is as good as a rest, they say. And so, back to writing.


About Angela Petch

Bit of a story dreamer, written two novels - a third in progress. I love my little family and in no particular order afterwards: Italian culture, food, wine, walking everywhere I can and especially in the Apennines, East Africa, tennis when I can, reading, reading and more reading. So much to discover still before I die.
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2 Responses to It’s a small world…

  1. Angela Petch says:

    1st, 2nd and the last on right and last on bottom row. (That is,if you are seeing them in the same formation as I am on my pc!) We LOVED our welcome in Wales and the beautiful scenery in Snowdonia. Diolch! And nos da!

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  2. jessiecahalin says:

    Wonderful parallel between the two places. We are pleased you received a big creoso (welcome), from Wales. Did you try cawl and Welsh cakes? We have been debating the photos for some time. Are there three photographs of Tuscany?


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