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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno July 15th 2014

I woke up a tad earlier than I had planned to this morning, so I got off to an early start. My hostel had a complimentary breakfast which included cereal, toast, and coffee. Score! After I ate my toast, I headed out to go find the tram that would take me up to the Orme Mines. I knew the tram started at 10, so I arrived a little before 10. When I got there, the gate was closed and people were waiting. They were filming some television show on the tram and it wouldn’t open until 10:30. I wish I would have known before hand so I wouldn’t have wasted time just waiting. A lot of people were unhappy about it and left. I ended up finding out later that it was a kids show called ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno July 14th 2014

Last night at my hostel I met a girl who was graduating the next day from Cardiff University. She is from Salisbury, near Stonehenge, and studied for a year in Wyoming. She has a degree in geology and wants to work with fuel. We talked about all the differences between America and England. She was pretty cool, but her friends were also in the same room. They were out celebrating and came back really late and got up super early to get ready for graduation day. We ate breakfast together and then I was on my way to the train station. I had to get off at Chester and get on a different train to my final stop, Llandudno. The Britrail pass has been really awesome so far. I am a little relieved because if I ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy May 11th 2014

Visited April 28 - 29th.Written May 11, 2014 It was a "bags out at 7 a.m." day. Time to leave the lovely Cheltenham Park Hotel, an oasis set in the green rolling hills of the Cotswolds. The view from my window was mainly of deep green grass, a winding brook, a bucolic hillside scattered with dozens of sheep and their new born lambs. Ahh.... and the hotel had other things going for it starting with startling silence, fast wifi and really good meals. Life is indeed good. The coach headed for Wales and soon the terrain changed from rolling hills to larger peaks and then into craggy mountains. All continued to be covered with ewes and baby lambs. It was amazing to watch as the babies nursed, slept, frolicked and tagged along after their mamas. Apparently ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno July 5th 2013

I really can't figure out how long I've been awake. The confusion is over the fact that when I got to London at 8 it was 12 AM back in Denver - so really another day was starting right when another was ending. But I made the most of it, breezed through Heathrow, got down to Paddington Station in London, and then set off for the countryside of Warwickshire. I oddly enough stopped right at Oxford - where I should be back to in a couple of months. Ultimately, I went to Warwick Castle, probably the best castle in all of England. It really is a giant place, and I think is the prettiest castle I've ever been in. Everything is incredibly sumptuous and over the top. I didn't last as long as I wanted to ... read more
Entering One of Warwick's Gates
Inside Warwick Courtyard
Great Hall of Warwick

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy June 30th 2013

Motorhome News from North Wales 30th June 2013 A wet, warm and windy week in North Wales and the story of the dog that cried wolf! 'We'll keep a welcome in the hillside,' they sing, in praise of all things Welsh. Well worn stories of being ignored by village locals peering from under witches' hoods in far flung pubs and mumbling in some strange tongue in stubborn animosity to the English visitor are seemingly gone. They're more open in the hillsides now, prefering only to welcome us with roadsigns in what might otherwise be considered an unreadable language by any foreigner brave enough to set foot on soggy Welsh soil. It's not so many years since we ventured into Eastern Europe in our motorhome armed with our brand-new Satnav in fear of roadsigns in an indecipherable ... read more
Terraces Powis Castle
Beddgelert walk
Beddgelert walk

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno June 26th 2013

Hello Everybody It was so lovely to be in Sheffield with our friends again,it's so different here,cars parked on either side of rd,we have been shopping at the big Mall here Sheffield called Meadowhall,car parking for 7000 cars!!!!!! Kevin has been walking the Dales with friends, and I went to the local pool at 7 in the morning. We were shattered when we got. Here it took us a few days to get rid of jet lag!!!!!!! Went to Joans church on Sunday it was lovely and refreshing . We are here In Wales now,staying at a place called Noddfa bed and breakfast here in Penmaenmawr,Conwy,in the past it has been a Nunnery,huge house gorgous gardens,it's now run by Retired Nuns who are so gracious and kind. Yesterday we met our friends who live close by ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno June 24th 2013

Hello everyone..hope you're all well! Once again I've been off travelling...but shockingly enough it was actually in the UK still! Last week I travelled up with my brother to Newcastle-under-Lyme, where he has a student house, and we then made many excursions to many locations across the area. On the Monday, we made the trip to North Wales, where we stopped at the small town of Conwy, visiting the remains of the Castle, the city walls, and the portside (where the smallest house in Great Britain is located), giving us some traditional Welsh heritage. Afterwards we carried on further into the country, crossing the Menai Straits onto Anglesey, where there were some stunning views of not only the strait and the bridges crossing it, but also of Snowdonia. We then arrived at the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno April 10th 2013

Welcome to Llandudno ! As the UK was embracing its first days of warm weather in early June, I decided to visit a place which I knew was famous for its Victorian festival early May each year, but which was nothing but a name on a map as far as I was concerned, and was I in for a pleasant surprise indeed ! Llandudno is a beautiful Victorian seaside resort located in the Conwy County of Wales, and offers amongst its many charms a breathtaking Promenade overlooking the sea and the beaches located between the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Elegant buildings so representative of the Victorian and Edwardian area are everywhere to enjoy, and the crown jewel certainly is the majestic Grand Hotel overlooking the pier. The beaches were boasting with life and activity ... read more
Llandudno 2
Llandudno 3
Llandudno 4

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Abergele February 10th 2013

Suzy is standing on our drive . Suzy is going stir crazy . Sion, Drag and Ba Ba are going stir crazy. Or perhaps it's me who is going stir crazy. The desire to travel is strong and we want to get on the road again. Time is moving slowly. Just as it did when I was a child. Waiting waiting for Christmas morning. It seemed to take forever to get to Christmas morning to be able to open presents . Every weekend we seem as if we are floundering. We are in the doldrums thwarted by the weather. It is either too wet or going to be too wet , it's too cold or the weatherman has given cold winds tomorrow. It turns out too windy or there is too much snow to go anywhere. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Betws-y-Coed January 13th 2013

Snowdonia is an ancient land of Nordic Rally Drivers.In fact, Snowdonia is more spectacular than our company’s new photocopier. Therefore it is with no surprises that I think back with excitement about her folded up by plate tectonics and smashed in by the ice age glaciers scenery. Yet there is a splattering of bitter to flavour my sweet Snowdonian memories. Why couldn’t I have owned a Bugatti Royale or a BMW 507 Roadster or an E Class Jaguar and toured it in style? Rather than walked it in a pair of chunky boots with Vibram soles. Snowdonia is car advert land. Long U shaped valleys with imposing cliff walls flanking the Nant Ffrancon scream out for a pant wetting 90 mile an hour Porsche 911 Tiptronic rally experience, preferably with a trailing helicopter capturing on digital ... read more

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