"En Angleterre"

Name of traveller

Marie-Anne de Bovet (1855-19??)

Reason for travel

  • cultural tourist

Date of travel

undated, ca. late 1880s to early 1890s

[J]’ai préféré prendre le train qui jusqu’à Bangor longe une côte merveilleuse, coupée de caps rocheux et de promontoires boisés tombant à pic dans la mer, ce jour-là très calme, roulant sur les sables blancs où traînent les varechs glauques, ses bagues lourdes d’un sourd bleu d’ardoise, sabré de sillons vert-émeraude. (Bovet 25)


  • agriculture: pretty sheep grazing on Snowdon
  • architecture:
    • description of Valle Crucis and Dinas Bran ruins
    • reference to the bridges across the Menai Strait
  • art:
  • clothing: depreciates the Welsh costume adopted by the Ladies of Llangollen
  • customs:
    • Wales as a protestant version of Brittany; very religious
    • important role of Eisteddfod in conserving traditions and language customs
  • history: rich history of resistance and conquest
  • industry: predominance of slate
  • language: mocks Welsh place names; difficulty of pronunciation
  • people:
    • quarrymen's houses are clean, they are hard-working, happy and not poor
    • reference to the Ladies of Llangollen, Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739-1829) and Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1831)
  • recreation:
    • ascent of Snowdon is too strenuous
    • the Welsh know how to exploit tourists
    • Plas Newydd, former home of the Ladies of Llangollen, forms a tourist destination
  • terrain:
    • Wales provides picturesque landscapes for travellers who do not want to spare themselves the inconvenience of crossing over to Ireland or go on a long journey to Scotland
    • comparison with Switzerland
    • description of waterfalls around Llangollen
    • Llandudno is too hot in summer, but a lovely place to visit during the winter
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Type of publication

illustrated travelogue


Bovet, Marie-Anne de. "En Angleterre." Revue illustrée 7.14 (15 June 1892): 21-8, 117-24. Print.