The road takes me to the hobbit-cute village of Beddgelert, where stony houses huddle around a stony bridge. The entire town looks like it’s risen straight up from the Welsh landscape…and, in a sense, it did. “They don’t mine slate like they used to,” he grumbled, explaining that the original miners dug deeper for higher-quality slate. Wales is not quite “undiscovered.” (Lonely Planet recently named North Wales one of its “Top Ten Destination,” about which the local tourist board made much hay.) I was in Wales updating our Rick Steves Great Britain guidebook, which has all the details on everything mentioned here.