Blogs from Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe - page 3


Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llandudno December 20th 2012

Where does time go to? One minute its the night before Christmas and then before you can blink your eyes Christmas has gone and its Boxing Day. The turkey and trimmings all eaten, the decorations feel as if they have been up for years and the presents and cards opened. Only 364 days to the next Christmas and it will soon be here. The weather has been distinctly unseasonal, rain,rain and more rain followed by frost and then a return to more torrential rain. We have spent the holiday reading blogs about sunnier climes and feeling envious of those who are free to take their motorhomes abroad for the festive season. The nearest we have got to Christmas abroad is reading about it and thinking what we would do to celebrated the holidays if we were ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy September 4th 2012

We arrived in Conwy to a great older house B&B up on the hill looking over at the walled city. Our room is at the front of the house with a view of a park, the city wall and the castle. The home's gardens terraced down to the road are a wonderful addition. It is just a couple of blocks walk to the entry to the village. Conwy is on the coast. The next morning we woke to drizzle and decided to drive down toward the slate mine to visit the slate museum. This museum is free and is really worth the time to visit. It has a well done video presentation and a live demonstration of splitting the slate. They have brought in 4 cottages each decorated in the 50 year increments to show how ... read more
Driving into Conwy
Conwy wall
Conwy castle courtyard

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy August 22nd 2012

That’s what I remember about Wales. Grey slate, grey houses, grey landscape and grey rain. Taking into account our recent experience in Cornwall and Graeme’s derisive comments about Summer in the UK I wasn’t about to have any other expectations. It’s good to be proved wrong sometimes. The Welsh flags were fluttering proudly on the castle’s towers as we walked across the bridge to Conwy. Having some insider knowledge (I was born in Old Colwyn after all) parking away from the throng in Llandudno junction we eyed the scudding clouds. Warm and windy, no rain forecast. An amazing few days break in the weather saw us here in North Wales for my cousin’s wedding. Being a jammy devil he had had a word, I’m sure and we had the first sunny day since Spring. He commanded ... read more
Enjoying the sun
Conwy Castle
Not much grey here!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy July 28th 2012

Yesterday, Stuart, Kate and I made the hour and a half drive south to Northern Wales! I would say I lasted about ten minutes in the car before I fell asleep. I was astonished when I woke up, looked out the window and was staring at a stone wall of the Conwy Castle. We drove in circles around the village for a bit trying to find a "car park" or parking spot. Eventually we found one and bundled up against the Welsh wind. We walked across a bridge to get to the castle, where I got nice pictures, but we chose to continue walking through the village, rather than walk through the castle. We ducked into a few eccentric shops and made our way down to the water. I wouldn't say that the smell is one ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Llanrwst June 18th 2012

This blog should have had some lovely photographs of Bodnant Gardens, the victorian house, the Pin Mill,the lily ponds and the summer flowering long beds however ............the battery on the camera was flat and guess who forgot to take the mobile phone to take photos. We only realised when we got there and both of us said "Well get the camera out then" How many times do you get somewhere and realise you have forgotten something. We are missing the motorhome life desperately. It has been difficult to settle in at home to the much larger living space, the bigger bed and going back to normality and work. We spent the first week cleaning Suzy out. How many stones can you bring in to a motorhome on your shoes?. We had tried to keep her tidy ... read more
Lake Garda

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Betws-y-Coed September 18th 2011

Hello from Wales Another few days have passed since the last blog and we are now in North Wales in a lovely little village set in the mountains near Snowdonia so it is quite cold and very rainy!! We arrived yesterday afternoon after a lovely couple of days in the Peak District, Derbyshire in a village called Asford-in - water, beautiful countryside, not that we have seen any that isn't, we even did a 18 mile push bike ride along an old dis-used railway line to blow a few cobwebs away and hopefully shed a few extra pounds!! We met up with Katherine and Bryan yesterday at Betwsy and because of the rain we found ourselves at the nearest pub catching up on what we had been doing over the last week over a few ales ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Bylchau July 22nd 2011

Excuse the deceiving place. That's not actually where we are. It's a wild guess and is around 100 miles off I believe. Sorry, also, for the long wait. It's been a while since we had internet, and when we did I squandered my time... So here's the story. Tuesday, July 19. Our campground ordered us a taxi to a train station, and we took the train into London to the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. We spent nearly 3 hours inside the Tower of London, looking at the different exhibits, along with various armour pieces and torture devices. Once that was done it was past lunchtime, so we got ourselves some fish and chips from a stand. It was absolutely fantastic. I hope the fish&chips trend catches on in N. America. We catch a ... read more
Playground in Manchester
hike in Grassmere
Beautiful views

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Betws-y-Coed July 6th 2011

The following day was mainly a driving day. We headed into Wales and this meant we would get a break from heritage sites – our card was only for England and we were too tight to pay to see anything else. Not too tight, though, to try and avoid the toll bridge from Cornwall to Wales – we're talking an extra 4 hours on the trip. We were in Wales. Not a lot different to England, this southern part – pretty country, lots of pubs called the Red Lion - save that the BBC Cymru station was in Welsh – truly a wacky language. Somebody needs to donate these people some vowels. We made our way to the coast and found ourselves in the tiny town of Newgale. The name was appropriate – the wind was ... read more
Kia Picanto-Windbreak
Newgale, Wales
Lunch in Wales

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy May 7th 2011

...follow every rainbow 'till you find your dream... Een terugkerend liedje in m'n hoofd afgelopen week tijdens een fantastische wandelweek in Snowdonia. Deze startte met een overnachting in Liverpool in een hostel met wietgeur en een jongen die 's ochtends een half uur op de wc zat met een t-shirt over z'n hoofd, maar de bedden sliepen prima en we vonden onze weg de volgende ochend goed richting treinstation. We zijn met de trein naar Betws-Y-Coed gereden en hebben daar nog wat boodschappen gedaan en flessen met water gevuld, voordat we al wandelend langs een rivier naar de Swallow Falls vertrokken. Een mooi paadje langs de rivier, maar de watervallen waren een beetje een desillusie. Er was een hek voorgezet en een parkeerplaats en je moest een pond in een automaat gooien om naar deze waterval ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Conwy » Betws-y-Coed April 25th 2011

Today we started on our journey to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Ireland. We set off from Carrie's to drive to Llangollen to meet up with Mike Thompson's daughter Liz and her boyfriend, Dave for lunch. We had a lovely drive to Llangollen and funnily enough Liz and Dave pulled in to the car spot right beside us!! After an enjoyable lunch and lots of chatting we all went for a stroll around Llangollen. Llangollen is a very pretty place situated on a river. There is also a steam train station there and a canal. I was very excited to see that there were horse drawn long canal boats on the canal and that we were just in time to enjoy a ride!! It was lovely, riding down the canal, and so peaceful. All you ... read more

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