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Sip Welch tea in Argentina

For a relaxing vacation in a sleepy Welch town, travelers need look no further than South America. A tour of Argentina's Patagonia region will no doubt stumble across one of the largest Welch communities outside of the U.K. a colony town known for its adherence to tradition and pride in its culture.

Breaks from the wild
One of the largest attractions in Patagonia is the Peninsula Valdes, a UNESCO world heritage site where southern right whales breed and orca, in an infamous display of predation, surf onto coastal shores to nab unsuspecting sea lions and seals. This violent form of theater may make some queasy - those who need a respite from the circle of life can take a trip to the well-manicured Gaiman, an outpost of Welch culture and traditions in the wild and beautiful region.

A quaint colony
More than a century ago, exploration and colonization led to the cross-pollination of European immigrants and native peoples, according to Frommer's. Gaiman itself was settled in the 1870s, and has ever since held on tightly to its heritage of two worlds. It is for this odd juxtaposition of Welch and Argentinean culture that most people travel to the region. Welch music and Argentinean folk tunes are blended together for a unique choir experience that draws in crowds the world over for an annual music festival. Residents speak Spanish first, but most can still respond just as easily in their ancestral Welch. High tea is even still upheld, even pulling in royalty for a taste - Princess Diana had tea there once in 1995, and the cup is still on display in a local museum. It is enough for many tourists, however, to simply wander the streets of the town, lined with English-style homes and charming hedges.

A taste of home
Another great appeal of Gaiman is the hospitality. According to Frommer's many of the houses are some form of quaint public space, taking the form of teahouses and small inns, and contributing to the sense of welcome that Gaiman provides.

The teahouses are worth a stop or three. Much of the food is based on homemade comfort recipes, according to Fodor's, and include delicious breads, scones and cakes. Argentinean influences make their mark, as some of these pastries and dishes are stuffed with dulce de leche. The spreads offered by these teahouses make for a full meal, so travelers should come hungry.

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