Destination Of The Week: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Brecon Beacons is a north-facing mountain range in South Wales, near the town of Brecon. The range includes the highest point in southern Britain,; Pen y fan, which climbs 2,907 feet high.  The fields of Brecon Beacons National Park are filled with evidence of many years of human history, including single standing stones, or menhirs, from the Bronze Age. The remains of ancient stone circles and Iron Age Celtic hill forts can also be found here.  Surrounded with grasslands and water meadows, Llangorse Lake offers an appealing abode for geese, warblers, starlings, ducks, and other birds, which can be seen from the lakeside hide. The lake also features the remains of an Iron Age crannog, or human-made rock island, on the northern shore. Historians believe the ninth-century King of Brycheiniog may have sheltered here from The Vikings.

How to Get There: The park is just an hour from Cardiff International Airport. Trains stop at Abergavenny, Llandeilo, Llandovery, and Merthyr Tydfil. Buses also run to these main centers and offer connections to smaller communities inside the park.

When to Visit: Anytime is a great time to visit Brecon Beacons, but many people around the world flock to Hay-on-Wye, a town with some 40 bookshops, for the Hay Festival in late May and early June. U.S. President Bill Clinton called the event “the Woodstock of the mind.”

How to Visit: On holidays and summer Sundays, visitors can take advantage of the Beacons Bus, which is based in Brecon and runs routes around the park. Visitors can hop on and off at their convenience.

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8-Year-Old Has Amazing Friendship With Alpine Marmots

 

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. According to the (U.K.) Daily Mail, an 8-year-old boy has befriended a usually skittish group of marmots during his yearly visits to the Austrian Alps. Since he was 4 years old, Matteo Walch has been traveling with his family to Groslocker in the Austrian Alps for two weeks every year. It was at that young age that Matteo began forming his unusual bond with the mountain marmots. Usually when marmots encounter humans, the animals will chatter their teeth as a warning to stay away. If a human doesn’t back down, the marmots will let out a loud whistle to let others in the colony know that they should flee. When Matteo arrives, there are no chatterings or whistles of warning. Instead, the marmots eagerly approach him.

The animals show affection for the boy, letting him feed them and play with them without hesitation. Matteo’s father, Michaela, has taken photos of his son’s encounters with the animals since their first trip to the Alps. Michaela told the Daily Mail why he thinks his child is an exception to the marmot’s skittishness. “He loves those animals and they are not at all afraid of Matteo because he has a feeling towards them and they understand that.”A nature lover himself, Michaela adores watching Matteo form a close connection with the animals. This bond is not only touching to observe, but allows Michaela to capture pictures of the creatures exhibiting natural behaviors without fear.

Michaela described to the Daily Mail the meaning of photographing his son’s realtionship, saying, “The picture of a curious animal approaching me is a thousand times more beautiful than the picture of any animal looking at me in fear before it takes flight. This is how I try to picture the proudest, more beautiful and also the funniest moments, giving others the opportunity to enjoy the miraculous world of animals.” With the annual trip to the Alps still planned for the years to come, it looks like Matteo has many furry, life-long friendships to look forward to.

Summer Colors

I love fashion! No matter if you are going to work, or stepping out on the weekend, nothing says “Wow look at girl with that fresh trendy look!” You can wear these type of colors pretty much any way possible. You can mix and match, tone them up or down. Bright colors give women that little touch of sassy and not afraid to stand out! You can go soft or strong when blending them and matching them up. When I saw some of these pictures it made me want to try out the look. I hope many of the girls that read my post today might be inspired to try out these looks too 🙂

C’est La Vie

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you
will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important
because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this
day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left
behind, let it be something good.

House of the Day!

An oasis in the desert city of Boulder City, Nevada, this foreclosed property has the best outdoor feature we’ve ever seen: its own water park. A river, a 20-foot diving pool and a waterslide are just a few of the awesomely fun things that you can find in the backyard of this home. But if you don’t want to get your hair wet,don’t worry, you can still have a blast on the home’s tennis court. Oh, and let’s not forget the mansion itself: It’s 9,245 square feet with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two family rooms and large living areas. According to the listing, the property features “Disneyesque” finishes and strong attention to detail. Any buyers?

Price: $3,000,000
Size: 9,245 Sq. Ft.
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5 Full, 2 Half
Specialty Items: Built in 2004, 1.59 Acres, Lazy River, 20′ Diving Pool, Tennis Court, 2 Putting Greens, Views, Library.
Address: 106 Stone Canyon Ct., Boulder City, Nevada, United States, 89005

 

Gorilla Brothers Reunite with a Big Hug

Officials at a British zoo said a pair of gorilla brothers separated for three years  greeted each other with a big hug 🙂

Zookeepers at the Longleat Safari park in Wiltshire, England, said Kesho, 13,  has grown into a full-sized adult silverback gorilla since the last time he saw  his brother, Alf, 9, but the two primates literally greeted one another with  open arms hugging, shaking hands and slapping one another on the back when  they were recently reunited at the zoo, The Daily Telegraph reported  Thursday.

The zookeepers said the brothers were both born at Ireland’s Dublin Zoo, but  were separated when Kesho was sent to the London Zoo to take part in a breeding  program. However, Kesho was found to be infertile and the brothers both ended up  at Lengleat’s new $4.71 million gorilla enclosure.

“We weren’t entirely sure that the brothers would even know each other, but  the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes,” Longleat  gorilla keeper Mark Tye told the Daily Mail. “They were very animated and there  was a lot of rough and tumble, but not in an aggressive way. It is quite unusual  to see that sort of childlike behavior in a silverback.”

 

Meet Snoopy, the Newest Instagram Cat Sensation!

Hi everyone! I thought you guys could use a little giggle today 🙂 we made it through the middle of the week just two more days until the weekend! So looks like there is a new Snoopy in town, and this one spends most of his time in front of the camera. Snoopy the cat is the newest cutie taking over Instagram. This cartoon-like cat is being shared everywhere by online animal lovers. With a face like that, who can resist? Want to see more Snoopy pictures? Check out his pictures on his website: Snoopy

Waddesdon Manor

I have been fascinated with English Manors and Estates ever since I was in 5th grade! I hope that someday I can visit some of them and see them up close. Just thinking of all the amazing pictures I would take of them makes me wish I could go right now! I thought I would share this one with you guys and hopefully you enjoy them and want to visit them too 🙂

Waddesdon Manor is a country house in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, England. The house was built in the Neo-Renaissance style of a French château between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. The house, set in formal gardens and an English landscape park was built on a barren hilltop overlooking Waddesdon village.

The Manor offers free daily talks and tours on the house, garden, aviary and wine.  They are available from March to October so if you wll be in England during that time, you should definitely check it out 🙂 At Waddesdon, they have something for everyone; acres of beautiful gardens, delectable food and wine, and a stunning collection of art, porcelain and paintings, all yours to explore! It also offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect wedding at any time of year 🙂

Here is the link of their website if you want to learn more about it!

Waddesdon Manor Website