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Travel with exposed. We're talking with martin melinda bits from northern wales. We're talking about snowden in the around northern wales where you've got the slate culture you got the tallest mountain in wales and he got plenty of opportunities to enjoy it as a traveler. Our email is radio. At rick steves dot com and bj in mackinaw illinois has emailed us and Martin bj rights with limited time for our first trip to the uk. Our family of four which includes two. Teenagers can't hit every park to the extent that we'd like should we see snowdonia. Instead of dartmoor yorkshire dales or the lake district. And should we climb snowdon or ben nevis. Swell snowden has the tallest mountain in wales benevolence the tallest mountain in scotland. First of all. Dark more and yorkshire dales are kind of dot dot motors. Let's say is not as elevated in the orchard. Sales are beautiful. Rolling is rolling. It's it's nello. It's sort of remote unused flat rolling hills farmland mostly but it says is just that if you want more beautiful if you want more hardcore nature. I think i would recommend lake district or snowdonia okay. It's me i'd recommend. Snowdonia of the lake. That is more rounded. Snowdonia is no jagged. I love scotland ben. Nevis is four thousand four hundred thousand six feet so that's another thousand feet or whatever dot com and because it's so much further north it can get much colder and you to be a winner of after remember the latitude factors in there But bj's talking about the lake district. That's the cumbrian lake district. That's you've got to the south in the north the south damore trista. I love settling down in the north. Because they can plenty hikes there but a great thing about wales is all the castles. You can't go to north wales without being just wonder struck by the castle's tell us just briefly as we visit snowden and we drive there and we explore around. We're gonna see castles. Who built them in. Why well there are two sets if you like. Castles in authorize one set was built by the princes of gwynedd understand. That's the area in which not only finds itself now. If you're trying to attack them you you have to. Because it's a mountainous landscape you have to come along mountain valleys and so to defend their homeland. They built their castles in the valleys. However gwynedd was conquered. By ed. To the i in twelve eight. T's long shank braveheart fame so beautifully played by patrick good. But he wasn't interested in the valleys he wanted to be able to get to. His castles built his castles which most expensive set of wonderful castles. You've ever seen. But his cancels are on the edge of the caesar he could access bring building materials by sea. So the kessels thinking of in wales for these big dramatic state of the art thirteenth century castles. They would be english. Castles built to keep the indigenous welsh. People down yeah and they would be accessible by cc. Because that's what you can. You don't need to control the country's i just didn't have these tow- halls access by sea. And then you can administer your empire when you've been there you know there's a very narrow coastal strip with mountains on the side so if you're going to move in gwynedd in north wales you can move either along the coastal strip all through the valleys build castles at the mouths of rivers seashore. You've got landscape tied you bottle up the country king edward. He had his castles there. What are the top three. Or four castles that come out and conway damaris say those hard liquor is one. How beautiful gorgeous castles this is. Travel with rick steves. We've been joined by. Martin landed guide from northern wales. We've been talking about snowden national park in the cultural and historic wonders nearby martin. Thanks so much for joining us. And i'd like to just close with a moment with unit. Just spent three just exhilarating hours. We didn't take the steam train week. Climbed this beautiful day. We got to the top of mount snowden you as a welshman me what do you see and what do you think except the view from. The top is stunning. You can see ireland from the top star. You can see the island. Man from the top snowden. The c is their the lakes heavily glaciated landscape deep steep narrow valleys digital streams. That run down them and a very green countryside is not by accident that tom jones sang of the green green grass of home. It does rain a bit. But you know it's worth putting on a coke to go out into the bbc's of snowdonia in at that moment you're in the top awale literally house martin. Thanks so much for joining us. Thank you for having in just a bit. We'll explore the outdoors. The appeal of the laid back former yugoslav nation of slovenia where they'll be celebrating thirty years of independence later this year but i british travel writer. Dan richards looks at the small outposts. You can find scattered around some of the wildest paces on earth. It's travel with. Rick steves as a kid. Dan richards climbed trees and built folks in the countryside of western england simpson. His enthusiasm for adventure has taken him to untamed landscapes around the world. Some even come with a place to stay and breathtaking view for his book outpost. A journey to the wild ends of the earth. Dan explored the huts cabins and refugees that have sheltered wilderness adventures for decades. He joins us now on travel. With rick steves take us to these secret worlds. That you won't find on airbnb. Dan welcome hello. Thank you for having me. You mentioned in your book that it all started with a polar bear pelvis. That sat on your father's desk. Can you explain that. Just before i was born. My dad came back from an expedition That he had done to saalbach in the hawk when he was younger he was a mountaineer and a bit of an explorer and he went to this the most notably human permanent settlement on earth which is called. Neo listened as part of a sort of geology expedition. And when he came home he unpacked his bag. And he had this amazing almost alien artifact which was this whole obama pelvis a very old when he found it. So you know he never sort of the bear involved but he found this kind of bony frame bought at home and as you say kind of existed. Has this incredible object in his study. So there's the polar bear pelvis and then a photograph of your dead in word. Yes and he'd stayed with his team In a number of shots up that just very very rudimentary very fragile. How little buildings where they had stayed for a nato t so when your school friends are going to me orca for their summer break you decide to go to fall board and find that shed tell us about how you got into going to these remote outposts because you've gone to these places all over the world will in light of my dad's trip i began to think about these outposts. As witness in a way to amazing adventures and travels people had had over centuries really and often the people are gone and the only thing that remains is there jumping off point and that could be a base like scott space in antarctica or it could be a beacon like a lighthouse or a fire watching cabin and the pass. These places are now out of use but they still exist as these kind of amazing survivors and memorials to things. That went on. And i began thinking about that and also the way that often creative people will try and make a shed or spot in space either in the house or in the garden in a way to try and sort of interact with amuses or just create enough kind of clear space to think and create so. I began to combine those. That is so important. I just love going to the the remote fjords on the west coast of norway and finding the little tiny cabin where edvard grieg. The great norwegian composer would work and you can see the simple piano he composed on. You can look out the window and see the solitude in the pristine nature and the vast.

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