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May 1, 2018 - Conwy to Lake Windermere

Sunshine greeted us as we drove back to Conwy. We first explored the castle. One tower is under construction but the rest is open. This is the only castle in Wales that Edward I completed. It must have been quite opulent in its time. (1283 building was started, completed 4 years later). It has an intact bridge over the river and moat. Many towers and the wall around the town are intact. The roof has been removed to better see the interior. In those times the number of windows showed how wealthy you were. From here we walked through the...

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Apr 30, 2018 - Wales

Up and out on a cloudy day with the sun fighting a valiant battle to be seen. First we went to Clepstow Castle on the banks of the Wye River. We went in and found it much more spectacular from outside. We did get a sense ov the towers from 1100 or so....and also of the size of the banquet halls. In the upper reaches we could see traces of times past in clerestory windows and paint. It was abandoned in the 1600's. Should mention the multicolored Georgian buildings with red brick sprinkled in that lined the streets. We leftp and programmed...

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Jul 26, 2017 - Wales

The weather forecast looked bleak for the day but a steady rain in Chester became intermittent showers once we entered Wales. All during the trip we noticed that the weather changes in literally minutes from sunny, to rainy back to sunny then back to rain again. First stop in Wales was at Castle Conwy built by Edward I in 1283 during his conquest of Wales. The castle protected the walled city of Conwy and was surrendered to parliamentary forces during the civil war and was finally abandoned in 1665. After a walk through the walled city and...

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Jun 2, 2016 - we do love our spectacular beachside days!

Last day for our week bus pass. In hindsight selecting Wale’s spring break for travel by bus may not have been the best strategy! Let’s be kind and just say that some of the families riding the buses may not be UK’s finest but holy crap we witnessed some questionable parenting skills and bratty, mouthy kids blissfully ignoring all of the many threats hurled their way! The day itself was wonderful as we have had perfect hiking weather with sun and a cooling breeze to make it just right for some exercise. From LLandundo Junction we walked the...

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May 21, 2016 - Happy Birthday, Ryan!!!

Today was castle day so we hoofed down to the train station under threatening skies to head for Conwy. For some reason the bus took 90 minutes so for a couple of extra pounds we decided on the train which was very scenic along the coast and got us there in 30 minutes. The Conwy (there is no “a”) Castle was built in the mid 1200’s and at the same time English King Edward the 2nd, 5th, 8th (no - that was Henry!), ??? had a wall erected to enclose the town as well, as a defense against the Welsh. From the train station there is a staircase...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Port of Holyhead, Wales

Got up late, thank goodness I packed last night! My alarm didn't wake me, probably because it was in the other room. We took a hired car to the train station, and even though we left on time, the traffic delayed us. We made it with about ten minutes to spare. Euston train station was a zoo, but luckily there are lots of info booths to direct us. We collected our tix and boarded our train for Holyhead in Wales. Right now I am enjoying a beer in the lovely lounge of an Irish ferry called Ullyses. Very posh all over. The train trip was nice,it...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Conwy Castle, Plas Mawr and Bodnant Gardens

We pack up and leave Conwy today for the Lakes District. There are a couple of sights that are on our must see list prior to our 3 hour drive to Ambleside, the southern part of the Lakes District. The first is Conwy Castle, one of King Edward's Castles, which is just down the hill and through the town wall - if we walk down that involves a walk back up the hill to our car! So we drive down and find a parking lot - it is raining enough that we need our umbrellas to tour the castle which is mostly outside - not sure what happened to the roof?...

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Jul 21, 2015 - Snowdonia Redux

We're going to give the Snowdon Mountain Railway another try even though it doesn't look optimistic. The weather is better than yesterday, but that really isn't saying much. Shortly after we arrived, the trip to the top was cancelled due to high winds. Malcolm, our neighbor Joyce's male friend, told us that the first train to go up the mountain many years ago was blown off. Since it was very foggy, it didn't seem like there was any reason to go to the half-way point if we couldn't see anything, so we got our money back. Plan B was to head...

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Jul 20, 2015 - Snowdonia

We had made reservations for today prior to leaving the Cotswolds to take the steam train to the top of Mt. Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park in Northwest Wales. It is a popular attraction built in 1896 that climbs 3500 ft. and more than 4.5 miles from Llanberis to the summit. As we are driving the approximate 45 minute drive it starts to rain and the wind increases. We pay 7 GBP to park across from the ticket office and walk across the street in high winds and rain. We are told that the train to the top has been cancelled for the day due...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Northern Wales

Today we move on to Northern Wales, but not before we deal with our damaged tire. Our drive to Conwy is almost 200 miles and our spare won't make it. So we do what our Europcar paperwork says and we contact them. They are very helpful and give us the name of the place they want us to go to replace the tire. It is open on Sundays and on the way to Conwy. Evidently Europcar takes care of it and then bills us when we turn in the car. But before we leave, we head over to the Bakery on the Water for breakfast. The sandwiches we had the day...

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Jun 16, 2015 - Conwy walls and castle

Today we revisited another gem along this coast Conwy. This charming town is surrounded by an old medieval wall and has a dominant castle now in ruined. We love walking town walls as they give you a different perspective on a town so again we did this in Conwy. However we did not expect to get dive bombed by several gulls. We then realised they had young chicks in nests on the wall ramparts. After lunch sitting in the sun Tony decided he and Daisy would have an after lunch siesta while Heather explored Conwy Castle. In 1283 Edward I of...

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Sep 13, 2014 - Conwy, Wales

Today we made the 3-1/2 train trip from Euston Station in London to Conwy in north Wales. In order to disembark at Conwy you need to advise the conductor you want off there or the train will just by-pass the stop. Conwy is a walled city with the spectacular ruins of a castle built in the mid 1200s together with the wall surrounding the Town. It was built by Edward the 1st as a defence against invaders into England. Conwy is a fairly small town with some spectacular views especially from the walls of the castle (1.6 km long) which we walked...

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