WPC: Alphabet

xDSC_9021_edited-1This week’s photo challenge: Let the alphabet be your inspiration: find a string of letters.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is a large village on the island of Anglesey in Wales. It is alternatively known as Llanfairpwll, Llanfair PG, or Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch. The long form of the name was invented for promotional purposes in the 1860s; with 58 characters it is the longest place name in Europe and the second longest official one-word place name in the world.  (A bit of help here from Wikipedia.)

We visited Wales in 2013, and suddenly I understood where the inspiration for all the Hobbit words came from. At least, I imagined I did.  To me Welsh is a bewildering spray of consonants.

xDSC_8914_edited-2This is the easy map of directions in the town of LLandudno (pronounced klan-DUD-nuh).  See what I mean?

xDSC_8957_edited-1No scrapbook of Wales is complete without a few sheep.

xDSC_8943_edited-1Wales is quite a beautiful country, I think.

26 thoughts on “WPC: Alphabet

    1. As I recall we were on our way to a stone age settlement way up on the coastal cliffs called the “Hut Group”, referred to by the locals as “Clwstwr Cytiau”.

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    1. Thanks Eliza. This was one of those challenges where you immediately say – “okay, I have just the picture!”
      I sure did enjoy hearing the Welsh & the Irish speaking their native language.

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    1. Thanks David. At least no one acts like a smarty-pants and tells you “it’s pronounced just like it’s spelled”. Or perhaps they did say that in Welsh, but I wasn’t paying attention.

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        1. The board for Welsh scabble would be the size of a large family’s dining table, no doubt! If you write the short story of these Welsh playing scrabble or hangman, please send me a copy. I’d love to read it!

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