I have previously written of my visit to Llangollen, Wales with the store sign reading “YSIOPFACHGARDIAUWRTHYBONTDROSYRAFONDDYFROWYYNLLANGOLLEN.” When I came home from the mission, I had the photo above in my collection. I must admit, I never actually visited the town nor took this picture. Although, if Amanda and I had realized we were within 3 miles of the town when we traveled to Beaumaris, Wales through Menai Bridge we probably would have stopped.
Unlike YSIOPFACHGARDIAUWRTHYBONTDROSYRAFONDDYFROWYYNLLANGOLLEN, I can point you somewhere on how to say it. I stumbled upon this little video which is clear on how to say LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH and even has a catchy tune if you want to remember it. One of my missionary companions had a tape that taught the listener how to say it. I listened to it once and had other things to do. Now I wish I would have learned. Maybe some time dedicated to the song will help me sound smart the next time someone asks the most novel place I know of in Wales.
I have told a number of people about this little shop in Llangollen, Wales over the years. Nobody seems to believe me that this sign and place really exist. Here, for all to see, is the photo. It says, “YSIOPFACHGARDIAUWRTHYBONTDROSYRAFONDDYFROWYYNLLANGOLLEN.” You will have to click on the picture to see it more clearly.
If you do a search by the name, you find only a few hits for it on the web. I do not know why they placed it all as one word since Welsh does permit spacing when you write it. Perhaps it was to create a novelty to attract tourists. At any rate, it means something like “the card small shop by the bridge over the river Dee in Llangollen” and is to clarify just in case you should confuse it with other card shops in Llangollen. My welsh was pretty weak as I learned some of it in Wales and is even worse these days, so I hope that is kinda close.
We visited one Preparation Day in early 1999. I only lived and served in Wallasey, Liscard, Moreton, Seacombe, West Kirby, and New Brighton in the Wirral Peninsula from around the 23st of December 1998 to about the 19th of January 1999 before being assigned to Hyde. We made my first trip to Chester in Cheshire and Wrexham and Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. The Valentine’s Day decorations in the window would seem to hint at later January. My journals would tell, but they are in Idaho.
Llangollen is a small town, probably not more than a few thousand people. I really remember very little about it. I remember seeing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the drive down but not a whole lot more. We drove down just to see this little store. Which, now that I have posted the picture, everyone can rest assured it really does exist.
Perhaps some day I can return to Llangollen. Maybe we can arrange it so it corresponds with the International Eisteddfod. Or maybe some day I can visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Only time will tell. Until then I will just have to make due with the Welsh Festival in Malad, Idaho.
FYI, I cannot pronounce either, so please do not ask.