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British Words & Phrases Americans Don’t Understand



While Americans and Brits technically speak the same language, all it takes is five minutes down the local to realize that theirs is a very different form of English. From insults to compliments, technical talk to slang, there’s plenty to confound those of us from across the pond. Learn how to navigate this foreign land with just a few common British English words and phrases:




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Topics: Europe, England


Travel Wales on the World’s Oldest Narrow-Gauge Railway



The Ffestiniog Railroad is the oldest surviving railroad company in the world, employing a vintage steam engine in operation since 1832. Located in Gwynedd, Wales inside the Snowdonia National Park, this narrow-gauge heritage railway was created to run slate from the small mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to the Welsh coast to be loaded onto ships for export.




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Topics: Europe, England


Interesting Facts about Wales



Wales is a wild country, and dramatic coastlines, lush forests and plunging waterfalls await you in this fascinating corner of Great Britain. Before you pack your bags to head to this rugged paradise, there are a few tips and interesting facts you’ll need to know: 




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Topics: Europe, England


Happy 92nd Birthday to our favorite royal, Queen Elizabeth II



The British monarchy is in the middle of a hot streak. The princes have turned out quite nicely—handsome young men who inherited their mother’s love for good deeds and settled down with lovely women. The family’s been remarkably scandal-free—appearing in the news only to dedicate African orphanages or to graciously deflect compliments about Kate’s hair. Add to that the success of Netflix’s The Crown, E!’s The Royals, the upcoming marriage of Harry, and the relative quiet of the dreaded former in-law Fergie, and you would be safe in saying that the royal family is enjoying a true renaissance.




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Topics: Europe, England