Star Trekking: Royal Wedding Puts Anglesley, Wales on the Map
Author: Kyle McCarthyTags : England, Europe, Flee Market
Ever since they made the announcement, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been in the news and used to promote everything royal, everything British and almost everything marriage. You probably remember when the young prince met his true love at St. Andrews University in Scotland. You may have heard when they became engaged at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya.
If you, like millions of others around the world, plan to watch the April 29th nuptials telecast live from Westminster Abbey in London, England, you are probably enjoying the tidbits of gossip that arrive daily.
Perhaps you know that Comic Sans, the childlike font used on the lucky couple's wedding invitation, became a trending topic on Twitter for days after the invites were sent out.
Or you've followed the fashion rags and realize that most bets are on Alexander McQueen creative director, Sarah Burton, to design Ms. Middleton's wedding gown. (Although the British fashion icon McQueen committed suicide last year, Ms. Burton has also been in the news recently. In January, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Burton dress -- very controversially because it wasn't made in America -- for the state visit of China's Premier Hu Jintao.)
Want to be there in person? Kensington Tours, voted National Geographic Traveler Adventure Company of the Year, is offering a DIY adventure to London, "The 8 Day Royal Wedding Tour." Priced at $2,800 per person, land only, the tour offers hotel, meals and guidance about finding a place along the royal wedding route on April 29th. During the rest of your time, Kensington guides will show guests the bustling city`s historic highlights on a mix of private and self-guided tours, and chauffeur you on private guided tours of Windsor and Stonehenge.
Want to wait till the dust settles? The British government has assisted the country of Wales in promoting the tiny Isle of Anglesey, where Prince William is an RAF Sea King Search and Rescue pilot. He and his bride will be based in RAF Valley off the northwest coast of Wales, beyond the mountains of Snowdonia, for the next two years.
As you can see from this video of Anglesey, it is a very charming farming village in a beautiful rural landscape.
There are 26 beaches tucked into the 125-mile-long shoreline. And Anglesey has been in the news before.
Scenes from the 2010 remake of "Clash of the Titans" were shot on the local sand dunes in in Newborough Forest. A local entrepreneur mines salt from sea water, and every October there's an Oyster & Seafood Festival. The cover for Roxy Music’s "Siren" album features Bryan Ferry's then-girlfriend, model Jerry Hall, on rocks near the village's South Stack Lighthouse. Watersports are abundant and, with horseback riding, surfing, and hiking, popular in summer. The locals seem warm and friendly, it's very picturesque and, of course, it will be home to the latest edition of Britain's Royal Family.
There's at least one hotel in town; in fact, several scenes in this video of Anglesley were filmed in the parlor of the Neuadd Lwyd Hotel in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey.
Can mass tourism to Anglesey be far behind?