A 'Literary' Tour, Part 1


I just returned from what I’ll call a ‘literary’ tour of Wales and parts of England.

Wales, for those of you who have no clue, is a small country to the west of England, part of the United Kingdom, with a rich history and language of its own. For some reason, I had never been there. Discovering it was like finding a hidden wing in a grand old mansion or a completely unused extra floor on top of one’s house.

As we arrived in the dark, one of the first things I noticed about it was its incomprehensible (to me) language because Welsh appears on all the traffic signs alongside English (see above). It seemed like an indecipherable gathering of consonants. Little did I know that Brythonic, an early form of Welsh, was once spoken throughout most of Britain. As a result, many place names in England, along with the names of most major rivers, have strong Celtic connections.

Chief among the highlights of the first part of our visit, though, was a boat trip around Cardiff Bay, during which the captain pointed out the various locations used in Cardiff relating to the BBC TV series Doctor Who, including:

The house in which Amy and Rory were supposed to have lived (in the show this was in London) pictured below with a blue door

The street down which the Doctor runs towards Rose Tyler and is then wounded by a Dalek