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That i'm thinking of in wales for these big dramatic state of the art in the thirteenth century castles. They would be english castles and built to keep the indigenous welsh people down. Yeah and they would be accessible by cc. Because that's what you could. You don't need to control the countryside. Just didn't have these tow- holds 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 inside so you're going to move in grennell to ails. You can move either along the coastal strip all through the valleys if we build castles at the mouths of rivers on the seashore. You've got the landscape tied you bottle up the country king edward. He had his castles there. And what are the top three or four castles that they have and conway damaris ad. Say those liquor is one beautiful gorgeous castles. This is travel with rick. Steves who joined by martin. The land of its guide from northern wales. We've been talking about snowden national cultural and historic wonders nearby martin. Thanks so much for joining us. And i'd like to just close with a moment with the unit. Just spent three jest exhilarating hours. We didn't take the steam train week. Climbed there's a beautiful day. We got to the top of mount snowden you as a welshman tell me what do you see and what do you think accept. The view from the top is stunning. You can see island from the toughest out and you can see the island man from atop odin the see is there. 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 the green green grass of home. It does rain a bit. But you know it's worth putting on a coat to go out into the beaches of snowdonia in at that moment. You're in the top awale literally pals martin. Thanks so much joining us. Thank you for in just a bit. We'll explore the outdoorsy the appeal of the laid back former yugoslav nation of slovenia where there'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 pays on earth. It's travel with. Rick steves as a kid. Dan richards climbed trees and built forks 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 end up breathtaking view for his book outpost. A journey to the wild ends of the earth. Dan explored the huts. Cabins refuges that have sheltered wilderness adventures for decades. He joins us now. Travel with rick steves to take us to these secret worlds that you won't find airbnb dan. Welcome hello. thank you for 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 small bot in the hayek tick when he was younger he was a mountaineer and also a bit of an explorer and he went to this is the most northerly 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 very old when he founded so you know he never sort of met the bear involved but he found this kind of bony frame and brought it home and as you say kind of existed as incredible object in his study. So there's the polar bear pelvis and then a photograph of your dead in snowbird. Yes and he'd stayed with his team In a number of shots up that just very very Rudimentary very fragile. Little buildings where they had stayed for a night. Ot so when your school friends are going to america llorca for their summer break you decide to go to fall board and find that shed and 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 at 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 paps. 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 shed or a 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 to think and create so. I began to combine those. That is so important. I just love going to 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 severed all that inspired him and you can imagine that solitude was his muse absolutely. I think a lot of the places that i visited were like that. They had just enough architecture to make some difference so you weren't completely outside and And thorough has that line where his walden pond heart. He was caged amongst birds so the birds were free and that he was with at his desk just in the nature. So i suppose venturing to these places you would prepare yourself to know. What was the purpose of this hutton. And what is the humanity of it. What was the struggle. What was the heroics of this hut and then when you go there. It becomes a little more rewarding and a little more meaningful. Yes absolutely and some of them have had amazing. Double triple quadruple lives. So that were sale house that i visited in iceland and these are buildings that are incredibly rudimentary and they were built by the early norse to make crossing the very barren interior of iceland possible. So they were join the dots kind of stations along the way and they started out being almost little igloos. If you can imagine an inkling that was made of turf and rocks And then over the years. They've been rebuilt so many times that now they look like what you might recognize as a sort of prairie farmstead in a way but they still retain the foundations and the story and the myth and the ghosts of all of these different incarnations and all of the travelers who pass through them. I found that really fascinating and you can hike to one of those. What was it like luc- house of joy in the middle of iceland. It was amazing. Because i think i describe in the book is driving over this featureless because we were renovating it. We actually drove out. But you can imagine the norse walking over this featureless terrain immense seeing little hammock as it would have been in their day appearing and the house of joy. You now you can imagine the joy that you'll sleeping you have a roof tonight. You know you're going to be warm because if you miss that if you get lost if you can't find it then you're out on a permafrost did completely baron surveys tundra. So that the need to get in and get warm with immense and very kind of you know essential and elemental and when i approached Have atmos which was the cell house that i visited. I describe it as a little. A little house setup hugging his knees. And when you're out in this kind of an environment and you get your notepad there as a writer all sorts of beautiful thoughts i would think just flutter by and you wanna grab them and write them down absolutely. Although often i end up thinking about this. In retrospect how try and take a few pictures but often when you're in these bases it's so important just to live in the moment and even writing something down you don't want to take your eyes off Was around you. Directly in front of the sale house was the second largest glacier in iceland. And just look at it. It was just so it had such charisma. This thing you know it exuded. This cold cold charisma. It was really hypnotic. He would look into these deep deep. Blue's all the blues. You can imagine of this you know elemental incredibly old incredibly important glossier and then to actually take your eyes off it and write something down with almost feel like a dereliction of duty. You know you need to sort of soak it all up. Take it all.