<p>Writer Jan Morris relaxes with Ibsen, her Norwegian Forest Cat, in her home in Llanystumdwy, Wales. "Atop the thick-walled stone house is a creaky weathervane," says <em>Traveler</em> author Michael Shapiro, "a symbol of Jan's dual Welsh and English ancestry: E and W mark east and west, G and D stand for Gogledd and De, Welsh words for north and south." Shapiro, who was invited to Morris's home for tea, says the renowned writer "has spent much of her life traveling and writing incisive books about Venice, Oxford, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Trieste, among other places. For the past several decades, she has always returned to this small house in remote northwestern Wales."</p>

Wales

Writer Jan Morris relaxes with Ibsen, her Norwegian Forest Cat, in her home in Llanystumdwy, Wales. "Atop the thick-walled stone house is a creaky weathervane," says Traveler author Michael Shapiro, "a symbol of Jan's dual Welsh and English ancestry: E and W mark east and west, G and D stand for Gogledd and De, Welsh words for north and south." Shapiro, who was invited to Morris's home for tea, says the renowned writer "has spent much of her life traveling and writing incisive books about Venice, Oxford, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Trieste, among other places. For the past several decades, she has always returned to this small house in remote northwestern Wales."

Photograph by Jim Richardson

Mystical Wales

See photos of Wales in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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