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.

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  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits to Wales but, sadly,have missed that town sign.

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    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. I spent my time in north Wales in the interior and Snowdonia, which was ruggedly beautiful.

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        1. We did visit Snowdonia too. It was soooo beautiful, but sooooooo cold!

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  2. Ha that is the longest word I have ever seen! Such complicated spelling. Very interesting information and beautiful countryside MK. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Karen!
      I really liked Wales, and I really liked the Welsh folks.

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    1. Thanks Val. I assume you’ve seen quite a bit of Wales too, huh?

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      1. I just had one wonderful trip to Wales MK in my younger days 🙂

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  3. Awesome choice for the challenge! They say English is a tough language, Welsh and Gaelic seem pretty tricky to me as well. Something about those once-isolated islands, I guess. Great pics!

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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. It is lyrical. I look at the way it is spelled and it sounds nothing like the letters used. Must be tough to learn!

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  4. I agree, great choice for the challenge.

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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. I got to thinking that if there is a Welsh version of Scrabble I’ll bet they have some really high scoring games and just one game of Hangman could probably take hours. 🙂

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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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  5. Neis! Cael penwythnos neis.

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    1. Diolch! Chi hefyd!

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  6. How very lovely! Can’t imagine trying to learn to spell (or pronounce) in Wales!

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    1. Ah, no pressure for hapless tourists! But I did notice a lot of pride in the language. It’s a lovely place.

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      1. It’s one of the very few places I’d like to visit if only it didn’t involve flying. I used to thrill to fly places before they turned the planes into cattle cars with wings. 😦

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  8. Talk about an alphabet soup -omg!!! Very cool indeed, great pics!

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    1. Thanks Sue. Wales is very cool.

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