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I only had two days to spend in Wales, so I opted to cover as much ground as I could by traveling with a local tour operator, Where When Wales. The company has plenty of offerings, but I found it impossible to resist a journey to the Gower Peninsula, an area so scenic that it is often referred to as the U.K.’s First Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.As we departed Cardiff, we drove into a lush, coastal landscape that felt almost otherworldly to someone like myself, a resident of water-starved Southern California. I found myself humming “The Green, Green Grass of Home” and, although Tom Jones did not write the song that ended up being his most successful hit, it’s not hard to see why the tune resonated with the Welsh performer.
Woebley Castle // (c) 2010 Monica Poling
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Where When Wales 44-163-386-9700 www.wherewhenwales.comThe Gower Explorer tour costs about $70. Commission is not available, but Where When Wales provides group rates.