Ever thought about tracing your family roots? Think there might be a Welsh connection? Do you know why Wales is often called the Land of Song? Interested in golfing on some of the world’s best championship courses, or visiting ancient castles? Read on and enjoy. Croeso – Welcome to Wales.

In This Issue:
Spotlight On: Aberystwyth
Travel Offers and Deals
A Taste of Wales
Contests and Promotions
Greetings from Claire
Desktop Images
Your Wales Story
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GREETINGS:  I’d just returned from a quick trip "home" to Wales when we received news of the terrible events of 7th July in London. Our thoughts are still with the people whose lives have been affected. The second, failed attempts may have raised concerns, but did little actual damage and caused no injuries at all. London is quickly returning to normal and if you have, or are considering plans to visit, airports, ports, airlines, theatres, restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops are welcoming visitors as usual.

Travel in and around Wales was, and remains, unaffected by the events in London. Wales is easy to get to through the gateways of Heathrow and Gatwick. And it's now easier than ever to visit with direct, non-stop flights to the nearby cities of Bristol to the south and Manchester to the north. Either one will put you within an hour's easy drive of Wales.

At this time of year the days in Wales are even longer than here in the States, the weather is mild and mostly sunny, we do get the odd drop of rain, but the land seems even greener and more bursting with life than ever. This is a beautiful time to enjoy walking, biking or car tours along the coast or in the countryside, lingering in the towns and villages, or attending one of the many outdoor festivals ranging from jazz through to classical music, pop concerts and food festivals. There are hundreds of events happening over the next few months and the people of Wales look forward to welcoming you soon.

Claire Goold
Wales Marketing USA,
Wales Tourist Board

If you can’t travel to Wales right now, maybe a bit of Wales can come to you. We’ve selected a few of our favorite summertime images from our photo library and posted them on our website so that you can download them for free as desktop images on your computer (for Mac or PC). Enjoy! Click here to view and download pictures of Wales.

Do you have a story to share about your visit to Wales? We'd love to hear it. And if it shows up in a future issue of Croeso we'll send you a $25 gift certificate as a token of our appreciation.

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Spotlight On: Aberystwyth

VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN GUEST HOUSES face a white-railed seaside promenade in this popular mid-Wales town. And for those tracing their family lineage back to its Welsh roots, Aberystwyth is a must-see destination.

The National Library of Wales is a treasure-trove - the principal center for genealogical research in Wales. Over 4,000,000 volumes date back as far as 1546, including manuscripts, parish registers, baptism, marriage and estate records, photographs and drawings. Add in maps, sound recordings, film and video collections and it’s a fascinating place for all. Admission and use of its facilities are free.

Aberystwyth also boasts the longest electric cliff railway in Britain, bringing visitors up to an astounding, panoramic view that can reach from the Preseli Hills in the south to the mountains of Snowdonia in the north, with spectacular sunsets to the west over Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. A popular swimming and surfing beach just north of town is one of Wales’ forty top quality Blue Flag Beaches - and this small university town offers a cosmopolitan mix of cuisines, cafes and an active nightlife.

Today’s weather in Aberystwyth.

Travel to Wales: Offers & Deals

IF YOU LOVE GOLF - OR SOMEONE WHO LOVES GOLF - you’ll want to consider this exceptional Best of North Wales Wales tour. Six nights of superior accommodations and rounds of play on championship links are featured. Discounted rates are available for any non-golfers in your party.

You’ll play Royal St. David's, site of the Welsh Senior Open, and Conwy, site of the 2006 British Open Qualifying - and enjoy spectacular settings in the shadow of the 13th century Harlech Castle.

Wales will host the prestigious Ryder Cup in 2010 but there’s no need to wait; several of Britain’s best courses can be played in Wales today.

TRAVEL TIP: Continental Airlines has just added direct service to Bristol, England – just a quick one-hour drive from the Welsh capital of Cardiff. Now Wales is closer than ever!

A Taste of Wales:
 The Gift of Song

BORN OF HARDSHIP and hard labor in coal mines, ironworks and quarries, the Welsh tradition of perseverance in the face of adversity was given voice in the male voice choirs that formed throughout the land. Today, with almost all of the mines long since closed, the tradition continues as a joyous expression of fellowship and of the poetry and song that lie in the heart of the Welsh people and culture.

Male voice choirs can be found throughout the country today and many welcome visitors to attend, sometimes even participate in, their rehearsals. There are few better ways to experience the warmth and depth of the Welsh spirit and way of life.

FIRST PERSON: “We were directed to the Caerphilly Male Voice Choir which met at an elementary school in town, and so it came to be that I sat in on a rehearsal. The long and short of it is that upon discovering that I was a choral director from the U.S he asked if I would like to conduct the group in "When the Saints Go Marching In." The men were happy to encourage me to give it a go, so I did! They also took time out of their rehearsal to sing their best numbers just for me. It was a truly remarkable and unforgettable life experience. They were amazing and I'll always be grateful to the chorus for their warm and generous reception.” – Joanna B.

Contests and Promotions:
 A Grand Tradition

PEOPLE TRAVEL THE WORLD OVER to the National Eisteddfod, the oldest and largest celebration of Welsh Culture and the Performing Arts. This summer it’s set on the splendid Faenol Estate, just outside of Bangor in north Wales, also home to the annual Faenol Festival in late August.

We’re giving away a set of Welsh music CDs to three lucky winners, in honor of this great event and the role of music and song in Welsh culture.

Just answer the following question:

I like to sing: In my local choir/chorus; After a pint at the pub; Only in the shower; I prefer to just listen. Click here to answer.

View official rules.

Judith B. from Yarmouth, MA, was the winner in our "New Year’s Resolution" early-bird drawing. Judith received a 5.0 megapixel digital camera. Judith – we hope you’ll email us your favorite summer shot!

CONGRATULATIONS: Susan B. from Bayside, NY, was the winner in our "Stay in Touch" sweepstakes. She and a traveling companion will be flying to Britain on American Airlines and staying for three nights in one of Wales’ many charming B&Bs. Siwrne dda Susan!

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