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1. You fly into the largest airport in Wales located in the capital city. Where have you landed?
2. East of Cardiff, in the Wye River valley, sits an abbey originally built in 1131. Abandoned in 1536 when Henry VIII forced the dissolution of all monasteries, it fell into disrepair. The poetic musings of William Wordsworth made it famous again. What is the name of the abbey?
3. Near Porthmadog on the west coast of Wales is an Italianate village built in 1926 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. It is now the home of a line of pottery bearing the same name and was the location for the filming of "The Prisoner" in 1966-7, a TV series starring Patrick McGoohan. What is the name of this village?
4. Hikers love to tramp along the trails in Snowdonia National Park. Tucked among the alps is a small village that serves as a base for the trekkers. What is the name of this village that for all the world looks like it could comfortably sit in the Austrian Tyrol?
5. Although Wales is often overlooked as a tourist destination, attempts are being made to remedy this. Specifically, large resorts and spas are being built to cater to the free-wheeling corporate culture of Europe. Among them is this facility that will host the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament. It is?
6. In 1284, King Edward II was born in this castle and became the first Prince of Wales in 1301. Prince Charles was invested as the Prince of Wales at the same castle in 1969. What is the name of this castle?
7. In the south west of Wales in Dyfed is a town reputed to be the birthplace of Merlin the Magician, a prime character in the legend of King Arthur. Name this community.
8. If you were to visit Wales in early July, a "must see", if you had the foresight to buy a ticket early, would be the International Music Eisteddfod, a folk festival with up to 60,000 participants! Where is this festival held?
9. What is the name of a popular beach resort on Carmarthen Bay and one of the few remaining walled communities extant in the U.K.?
10. The U.K. is famous for it's "M" series of super highways, only one of which enters Wales. Which one?
11. The Gower Peninsula is Wales' playground. Hiking trails, beaches, fishing, golfing... it's all there, with some fabulous vistas to boot. A seaside village a few miles south of Swansea is a popular weekend getaway. It possesses a number of fine restaurants, shops and pubs. Can you identify this charming little place?
12. At the far west end of the Gower Peninsula is the village of Rhossili. It's notable for a rocky outcrop of land that is only accessible by a natural causeway for a couple of hours at low tide. What is the name of this feature?
13. Not all beach resorts in Wales are found on the Gower. Another popular haunt, particularly for the British living in the midlands of England, is this town on the Irish Sea in the north. What's its name?
14. In the 8th Century A.D., the Saxon King of Mercia constructed a dyke that extended from the River Dee in the north to the Severn River in the south. Essentially, it now closely parallels the border between Wales and England. What was this dyke called?
15. Of the following cities in England, which is NOT very near the Welsh border?
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