Bodnant Garden

Do you love gardens and plan on visiting Britain? Try to include Bodnant Garden on your itinerary. Sixty-five miles from Liverpool and thirty miles from Snowdon, the garden is surrounded by beautiful countryside and deserves at least half a day of your time. Its eighty acres include meadowland, formal gardens, extensive woodland and ponds. The…

Valle Crucis near Llangollen in North Wales

Last week I visited Valle Crucis, a 13th-century Cistercian abbey in North Wales. The religious community was dissolved in the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII in the 15th century. It’s a beautiful site. Surviving features include the abbey fishpond, vaulting on the chapter house ceiling, weather worn tracery around some doors, steps leading…