tourist shops along the promenade and in Mumbles: lovespoons
I can't remember its name but it was one of many craft and gift shops at the Mumbles end of the promenade
To see examples of love spoons visit: http://lovespoons-wales.com
What to buy: Love spoons.
The custom of carving and giving Lovespoons originated in Wales hundreds of years ago. Originally young men carved them and offered them to the girls they loved as tokens of affection. Over the years, the lovespoons became more elaborate and decorative,. Now they have become collectables.
The love spoons are carved with symbols , all of which had different meanings. A chain would mean a wish to be together forever, a diamond would mean wealth or good fortune, a flower would mean affection, or a dragon for protection etc.
Many of the spoons were carved by sailors as they had much free time at sea on their long voyages. They would carve nautical symbols like anchors or ships into the spoon.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Arts and Culture
Swansea Indoor Market: Cathedral of grocery (and other) products
Swansea Indoor Market is VAST!! In fact, the biggest in Wales. A massive arched roof that makes the space feel like a railway station, or a cathedral! Indoor markets are great for the wet climate of Wales :-)
The current market was built in 1961 so it is fairly new. There has been a covered market in Swansea for hundreds of years but, unfortunately, Swansea's Victorian market was demolished by a German bombing raid in 1941.
It is a shame Swansea Indoor Market does not have a balcony, or a second floor. But it is certainly a great experience, full of colour and pleasant smells. There are many stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables. And a large number of cake stalls selling welsh cakes and other local specialities.
What to buy: Definitely the place for healthy fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish.
What to pay: Bargain basement good value prices
- Food and Dining
Morrisons and others: Shopping centre
It's not so special , but convenient.
The shopping centre has some of the usual stores: Morrisons for groceries etc, Boots, Next, Bon Marche, Borders for books, WH Smith, TK Maxx, sports good, DIY, etc.
There is adequate parking- but not much shelter from the rain, except at Morrisons.
What to buy: In Mumbles shop for love=spoons.
Otherwise, nothing special.
What to pay: normal Uk prices.
- Budget Travel
the sheep shop: A fantastic shop
This gift shop has so much choice. I can always find something different. The sheep shop sells sheep. but so much more. A huge range of traditional toys,things I can remember from my childhood.
It also sells beautiful jewellery,bags and a lot of unusual, design led gifts.
It is the place to go in swansea if you want the perfect gift idea.
Something you wont find anywhere else.
There is a lovely selection of celtic art and pewter.
The thing that makes my feel good about shopping here is that I know I am buying quality British made and fair trade products.
What to buy: When in swansea buy something Made in Wales from the Sheep shop. The prices are so good too,for British made products. Its important to support local and British manufactures .
What to pay: Spend as much as you have from £1.00 to £100 . you will get value for money.
- Family Travel
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when my family come to visit me from england, we nearly always go clothes shopping. they can't believe how cheap things are here. if you want more upmarket shopping, check out McArthur Glen, Bridgend, just by J36 of the M4. Things aren't always that cheap, but there are always some of the shops there doing amazing bargains. my sister buys chrystal glasses etc there for far less than she can get them for
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