Wales... the Brecon Beacon Mountains.

Well, mostly (see note at the end). The first six are from the hike up Pen-y-Fan in BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK. Found out that, okay, I may be skinny but I sure am out of shape! I suppose it didn't help that all I brought along for sustenance was 12 ounces of water and a package of chocolate chip shortbread cookies.

I've always wanted to see a landscape like this - huge spaces and not a single tree. Definitely a dream come true. And then all the enchanted little fairy-landscapes on the way back down the other side. Springs bubbling out of the ground in magic forests... moss as soft as blankets...I wish I could have spent the night.

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Because they fit so well with the other images, I chose to add the last two photographs to this entry even though they weren't from this hike. The last image is of the NEWPORT WETLANDS and the Severn River estuary. Before that, my rainy-day walk through fields in the town of Hay-on-Wye. Check back again in a few days - I still have more photos to share.

Victoria & Dragan

Truly a perfect fairy tale wedding at DYFFRYN GARDENS in Wales including acres of enchanted scenery, a horse-drawn carriage, a sixpence in a shoe, velvet crowns, fascinators, top hats, and Serbian traditions like apple-shooting, negotiating a fair price for the bride, and, later, selling her stolen shoe to the best man (who was apparently offering 20 pounds per theft). Best of all: a miraculously sunny day at the end of a week of torrential downpours and flooding.

What can I say? It was an honor and a privilege to be invited "across the pond" for this beautiful wedding, to catch up with family friends after twenty years of lost contact (thank you, Facebook) and to be welcomed as family by new friends - Hvala!

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