Good morning Vagabuddies. Well our adventure through Wales is taking us, finally, into the south into Brecon Beacons National Park. We’re staying at the Coach House, which is a lovely bed and breakfast here in Brecon, which has supposedly one of the best breakfast in all of Wales. It’s 7:45 in the morning. We have an amazing day lined up. We’re going go be doing some mountain biking and exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park, potentially some whisky tasting, but before we get too far down the road, we’re going to start things off how we always start things off….with coffee. All right Vagabuddies, we’ve just arrived at Talybont Reservoir, which is cascading over here behind us, and we’re meeting up with Luke. He is a mountain- biker adventure guide. We’re here in Talybont Reservoir a little bit above the base of the Usk Valley. We’re going to go and check out the local area on the mountain bikes. Brecon Beacons National Park is made up of diverse mountain areas, forests, lakes rivers, which means there’s a huge variety of different scenery; there’s a huge variety of different activities on offer, and there really is something for everyone. These roads were actually old tram ways, like back in the day, there were mines for limestone up in the hills ,and these trams would transfer the limestone all the way down from here to a canal that would then float the goods out to Cardiff or to the industrial mills of Europe. A lot of people complain about the weather in this country, but I personally really enjoy it from a photography perspective. Obviously there are lots of clouds, but when the sun breaks through those clouds, you get some really beautiful light playing with darkness. Right as we got down to the river, it just started pissing down, honestly. We’re completely drenched, probably as wet as if we had gone swimming back there, but definitely more dirty and happier. That was super fun. We’re going to wait for the rain to pass, and luckily here in the U.K., there are plenty of rainy day options. We are showered; we are warm, but the best way to warm up is of course… whisky. Whisky is usually associated with Scotland or Ireland, but Wales makes whisky too. We’re in the town of Penderyn, and we’re at the Penderyn Distillery, and we’re going to find out a little bit more about Welsh whisky. You ready? I am. I’m going to do one for the team. I’m going to be the designated driver, so I will be sniffing but not sampling. In the interest of science, I will be the guinea pig. I will be the brave one to test the whisky. It’s only fair because when we were in Bushmills in Northern Ireland, Mark did the same, and I got to sample 15 different whiskys…….. “Enchante, mon frere..” I’m David, and we’re at Penderyn Distillery in New South Wales, and we’re going to taste some whisky. 16 years ago now, a couple local people got together, and they bought this still and started producing some whisky here. What we’re doing is we’re getting malted barley. We’re essentially making a kind of beer from it at first we’re adding hot water to break down the starch and sugar. We’re fermenting the sugar with yeast to get some alcohol and with a purifying alcohol to get a spirit. It’s about 90% alcohol, and we’re putting that into barrels for a couple of years, and we’re finishing it for the last six months in different types to give it the different flavors. That’s really nice. This is a special edition we’ve done called The Independence, Penderyn Indepencence This one was for the American Independence because 16 of the signers were of Welsh descent. It’s interesting how the Welsh have immigrated less than the Irish and Scottish. The largest population of immigrants outside Wales is in the U.S., also New Zealand and Australia, and even Patagonia, but sometimes you forget their influence on our own society. But this whisky is a good way of remembering them. Smells like freedom. See you guys again, and we’ll see you soon, hopefully. Thank you very much. Peace, guys. Pretty excited there, Brother? We have arrived at one of the more Marko places in the world, Hay on Wye. This is an old market town, which has become a mecca for book lovers…… bibliophiles in general. There’s a ton of different used book shops here. It was formed by a media stunt in the ’70s when a local guy declared an Independent Kingdom and named his horse the prime minister and him the king. We’re going to go check out this quirky little corner of Wales, and see what we can find. Apparently Bill Clinton has called this place Woodstock for the Mind. There’re festivals around books there’re all sorts of book shops, but the whole thing started with this guy named Richard Booth. We’re going to go to the store that he founded right around the corner. My name is Patricia Thornton, and we’re in Richard Booth’s bookshop secondhand bookshop in Hay on Wye. What was his fascination with books? I just think you always love books. He was up at Oxford reading history. I think he spent an awful lot of time in secondhand book shops while he was there, and at the time when he started, there were awful lot of big old houses in Wales. They were so expensive to keep going, and a lot of them sold their libraries, and he bought most of them. He was his own best publicist, you know. He came up with this idea of making Hay an independent kingdom… wasn’t serious, but it was fantastic really because it really did put Hay on the map. There’s something about a used bookshop that is an intangible loveliness. I think that it increases your chances of finding a random book rather than an algorithm suggesting books it thinks you’re going to like. It shows you stuff that you probably would never have picked on your own. Oh my god, there’s a book here According to Mark. So According to Mark, this is not staged at all – because we’re in the gospel section here. But According to Mark, Marko, used book shops should exist. This is great one, and it’s perfect rainy day activity. Places like this are super cool because in the modern age we’re just so bombarded by media and distraction ,whether it’s Instagram posts in social media. It’s really nice to come to a place where you’re just surrounded by books. Thanks so much. Take it easy. Bye We got kicked out. We stayed till closing time. Let’s be real. We only got three books. We would have gotten 30, but we spent so much time filming and looking around that by the time we were done, it was closing time. We only bought three books. Cycling and book perusing has kind of got me feeling pretty hungry. Should we go eat? Oh my god, you guys. We just got to LLangoed Hall, which is a five-star hotel and restaurant, which looks like it’s in this giant old manor. We are about to have the best meal of the trip. Let’s go. Getting some Shining vibes in here. Here’s Johnny…….. We have been seated and greeted and given a nice Speyside Scotch, which is made by the hotel itself. This is the hotel and a restaurant, but it was originally a castle. In 560 there was a settlement here where it hosted one of the first Welsh Parliaments. It was later turned into a country manor, restored and then became a hotel more recently. My name’s Nick Brody. We’re at Llangoed Hall. We’ve got an extensive sort of kitchen garden. It started off with a sort of bad patch of Victorian garden, and everything’s being replanted with a smoking house and we’ve got a lot of chickens, ducks, so we’re always using those eggs somewhere along the line in the menus. For an “Amuse Bouch.” We’ve just had a beautiful lobster, squid, prawn bisque, and now we have hen egg for the starter. Scallops with caviar. Oh wow. We’ve gone from white wine to a pinot noir, a burgundy. Well, that was amazing. It was refined. It was elegant. it was superlative in all forms. Honestly, I don’t know what was better… the surroundings, the artwork, the wine list or the food, but combined it was an unforgettable experience. And to put it on top of an epic day here in Brecon Beacons…. I’m pretty much speechless. Anyways guys, let us know what your favorite part of this video was. If you liked the bookshop, tell us what your favorite used bookstore is in your hometown. Let us know in the comment box below, and we’ll see you guys soon. If you like this video, you know what to do: thumbs -up, share it with your friends, subscribe, and turn on notifications if you have not already. And in the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Peace.

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  1. In other words, the book and food porn episode. Great cinematography, guys! I definitely want to pop into those book shops and sample the plates myself!

  2. I translated one of your vlog into Indonesian language. but actually how does that work? You have lots of Indonesian fans, so I think it would be great.

  3. Favorite part of the video? The bookshop, definitely!
    But honestly everything you guys showed about Wales in this video looks interesting. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!

  4. Nice one, what an epic day from mountain biking in amazing landscapes to book mania to a five star meal. Marko, good job trying to appear sober at the end there! Ha ha.

  5. Very cool….but when are you coming to New Zealand? Would love to see what you guys could do with our landscape and your video skills!!

  6. So jealous of you guys visiting Hay on Wye; I can only imagine the lovely smell of old books in the secondhand bookshops there 😊

  7. I seen that reservoir but did not do mountain bike rides. But we did go see lots of waterfalls.

    Where I live there's books in all the charity shops and books in the market. The market has so many books it might have them all. & there is a library. Apparently people are going off of reading books on computer screens and going back to actually buying the books. Cause they miss the feel of a good book in their hands. Computer tablets don't feel the same. & For me I find that i lose my place too easily and though I book mark I can suddenly find I am on page 132 instead of maybe page 9 and can not find where I got to. Never had that problem with a real book in my hands. As for reading. I tend to read non stop for months and then go about four months not reading till I see one I want and then I'm off again. Reading

    Do you have signs in America that say "Elderly people" like in UK ?

    We turned into a long winding driveway that said it was a restaurant and ended up at this big old posh looking house and we did not know if we'd find anywhere else to eat so went in. It was mega luxurious. With sofas to sit on while you waited for your table and a bar that looked like from long time ago. In a different century. And the dinning hall was posh with long curtains. But I dont think it was where you have gone to. But somewhat reminds me of. I can't remember it's name or where. But was in the Brecon Beacons. Be funny if was same place. I'd have to dig out all old photos to know.

  8. You guys are the best travel vloggers on youtube! I love your videos, especially all the interesting historical facts you put in them πŸ™‚

  9. Brattle Bookstore in Boston is awesome. It's got an awesome outdoor section in between old brick buildings.

  10. There's a second hand bookstore in not far from me that resembles Richard Booth's, except smaller, older, and dustier looking. Wales looks spectacular from the perspective of your videos! Think you've convinced me to start saving up for my next trip!

  11. I love how you guys plan your itinerary!! I have to agree with Alex about the weather, I like it cold and wet for photography. Hay on Wye is heaven on earth for bookworms – I loved the creaking wooden floors and the ambiance of the shop! Sad you ran out of time. Lol But I'd have to say Llangoed Hall was the perfect way to end the day. The Edwardian architecture, the posh interior, and the meals were just astonishing. SUPER STOKED VID OVERALL!

  12. Books, books, books, I love books. In a society so overwhelmed by the internet and technologies, seing that gives me inner peace. I'll have to go there. I'm proud to say that my 23 y.o. daughter is a book devourer too (when she was a teenager she didn't like clothes shopping but book shopping), and we always visit book stores wherever we travel, no matter the language spoken there. The smell, the peace of a book store cannot be compared to anything. Thanks for sharing this one guys. Love from Barcelona!!

  13. Great video! Awesome channel! My favorite bookstore: The Montague Bookmill, Montague Massachusetts. It's a converted abandoned grist mill on the Sawmill River. It has a cafΓ© that serves beer. Music in the evenings sometimes. Their motto is "Books you don't need in a place you can't find."

  14. When I was in college many years ago, my dad and I had Mondays off from work and school. He'd come to town. We'd have lunch and hit several used bookstores in Tampa, FL. He and I could have spent days in that bookstore. He's passed on now, but I think of him every time I go in a used bookstore.

  15. I like the bookstore and Marko's paddington bear coat! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€—πŸ€“

  16. Hi guys, I'm from N. Ireland but currently living and working in North Italy. I loved your videos from Northern Ireland and these Welsh ones are fantastic. I confess to finding myself becoming slightly watery-eyed as I watched and listened to you. Thank you for such wonderfully balanced videos which give us all that is good about the places you visits il instead of so many videos that knock places and cultures and people. Thank you for reminding me how much I love the UK and all that makes it special. Keep up the good work!

  17. Love this video. You do a great job.
    I live in California, grew up in Llyswen, close to Llangoed Hall when it was Llangoed Castle and owned by the Christie family ( prominent London hat makers since 1773)
    I had the privilege of staying there a few years ago. I visit the area frequently to see family and friends in Hay On Wye. Also lived near Talybont On Usk.

  18. I've been meaning to go to Hay-On-Wye for a while now, thanks for the video, definitely going now πŸ™‚

  19. Hay-on-Wye just made it to my Bucket List! Thanks guys for helping me to find epic locations to visit in my future travels (and giving me epic wanderlust!).

  20. First time viewer of your video's…I must say Amazing..Looking forward to watching more of your video's…..Thanks for doing what you do….

  21. Hey, Alex and Marko πŸ˜€ I Just love watching your videos πŸ™‚ it's been more than 2 years since I started watching your videos and they are just perfect every time!
    Btw, which software do you guys use for creating those maps?
    Love from India! <3 πŸ™‚

  22. great videos guys,was looking forward to seeing you struggling up some nice steep mountain's like tryfan and the glyders,lol
    By the way Snowden is the tallest mountain in England and Wales but Scotland has dozens off bigger mountains.
    keep up the good work.

  23. The cinematography :O the effort you put into filming with all of the bird eye shots contrasted to the gopros and detail shots is unlike every other travel youtube videos I've seen so far! One can clearly see the effort you put into this video!

  24. Loved the whole video (but the bookstore and the manor most especially). Wales is one of my favorite places ever, and I can't get enough of old, used, romantic looking things! This video satisfied some cravingsπŸ‘ŒπŸ½

  25. I love that you show a more calm and relaxing way of travelling. I definitely cannot afford anything refined like this in the upcoming RTW trip I am going to but I like to get inspirations like this rather than just watching crazy people partying in Thailand or just getting pissed drunk everyday and not really showing anything interesting about the country… πŸ˜€ A walk on the woods, a coffee shop, books…ah! Much rather travelling like this

  26. Hay-on-Wye, or as it was known in the 1960s and 70s….Way-on-High, due to all the hippies camping up on Hay Bluff mountain. I remember all the shops having signs in the windows saying they will not serve hippies. My mother's birthplace and her place of rest, along with generations past. Nice film.

  27. WOW guys you always surprise me! That was amazing! In October I plan to return to the UK and I really want to get to know Scotland and Wales that I stayed from my previous trip, you know how to convince us – or help us choose – from the indicated place πŸ˜‰ Greetings from Argentina!

  28. I love your enthusiasm and energy. You say such nice things about the place I love, Britain, I'm sure your just being polite much of the time, especially when you excuse the weather, but what the hell I'm easily flattered. I hope you continue to enjoy your adventures and please keep up the blogging.

  29. When I lived in the LA county my favorite used bookshops were The Last Bookstore in downtown LA and "Gatsby's Books" in Lakewood (it's actually on the border or Lakewood and Long Beach) and now that I'm in Riverside County, there's this tiny, could-be-missed place called Downtowne Books. Really cool! I love used book stores 😍

  30. Fortunate enough to visit Hay on a number of occasions. The sheer number of specialist second-hand bookshops is wonderful.

  31. Vintage Books in Vancouver WA is my favorite bookstore. Even before I worked there! Powells is a close second, and it's nearby too.
    My son and I have been enjoying your Wales videos cause we want to move there. πŸ™‚ My son (8) is getting super excited seeing all the fun things you do and the beauty of Wales!

  32. My back yard guys. I really enjoyed that. Yes Hay on Wye is a mellow town that's fuel for the mind. Tangoed is also in the Wye Valley. I walk a heck of a lot of the Wye. Here is my website if you wanna check it out. Good going. Mark

  33. I'm from Wales, my mum came from the North East, there is a town Alnwick, which has a huge book shop.

  34. Loved the video ; makes me wish to visit Wales ! Une suggestion from Portugal : if you visit Oporto , don't miss a visit to the LELLO Book Shop ; it's considered to be on of the most beautiful book shops in the world ; and don't forget to visit the Port Wine Cellars in Gaia !

  35. If the best breakfast in Wales in the rarebit, then you are right. When me and my wife were there I ordered one. My only words where if I would have known that it was this good I would have ordered two.

  36. Loving this series, have only ever been to Cardiff despite not living far away, in Scotland. My one question is how could a Welsh hotel make a "Speyside Scotch"? Speyside Whiskys are made ins Strathspey here in Scotland and Scotch emplies it is a Scottish Whisky.

  37. My mouth is watering at the thought of all those books. I worked at a used bookstore for a time, and it was such a fulfilling part of my life. A great listicle video would be 10 best bookshops around the world! On my list (albeit much shorter than yours could be) would be "the most beautiful bookstore in the world" in Venice, Strand in NYC, Labyrinth books in Princeton NJ, and the huge one on Bankastraeti in Reykjavik, I forget the name, but it was incredible. Thanks for the great videos!

  38. Thank you so much for showing my country in the beautiful way it should be.. you've shown it in the same light and with the same respect as I see it..

    You guys are brilliant and I'll be watching the rest of your videos after these.

  39. Only just found your channel,I think your videos are amazing,and thankyou for highlighting and reminding me of the beauty and diversity of of my country,a happy welshman πŸ™‚

  40. This makes me so homesick. I'm from south Wales a few miles from Brecon, and its just so beautiful. I can't wait to head back there for Christmas I'm finally making it home this year.

  41. This makes me so homesick. I'm from south Wales a few miles from Brecon, and its just so beautiful. I can't wait to head back there for Christmas I'm finally making it home this year.

  42. I am from South Wales, and a London immigrant. Your beautiful drone shots of horses running over the moors gave me such a huge wave of hiraeth (Welsh for an aching desire for home) , I cried.

  43. This is the 4th video in the series I’ve watched (β€˜cos they are good, thanks) and finally you have found an actual Welsh person.

  44. Jesus I should really travel my own turf some more. I got all this stuff on my doorstep, but you guys have most likely explored more of it than I have.

  45. For those of you not from Wales watching this series, we do not sound like anyone they've spoken to as nine of them are welsh! all bloody English, our accent is better and one of a kind

  46. Hi, just found your Wales series. As a Welsh "exile" who has in England for many years, I found your series interesting and amusing. Also to be honest quite a "shock" to see you in Wales after all the exotic (to me) places you have visited! I still miss the strong sense of cultural identity and friendliness which exists in Wales, even though I left Abergavenny when I was 12! If you can get past the unpredictable weather, which as you say lends drama to landscape photos, then the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks offer a whole world of world-class hiking adventures.

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