Blogs from Isle of Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey August 1st 2022

I once spent a summer holiday on the Isle of Anglesey in my pre-teen years, so my memories are somewhat hazy about this location. On the bright side, it will be as though I’m visiting for the first time and will view it thru adult eyes. When looking at a map of the United Kingdom, Anglesey strongly resembles a head with lots of long hair and an open mouth, sitting atop a body which is the country of Wales – it isn’t just a royal title for Prince Charles. This “head island” can be condensed down to two essentials: castles and coasts……yes, there are plenty of castles all over Wales, but few of these attract more admiration than the glamorous trio of Caernarfon, Conwy, and Beaumaris, which is why they are recognized as World Heritage Sites. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey » Holyhead June 2nd 2012

On this Saturday in Wales our original plan was to go to ironbridge gorge and a historic farm. However, the group was quite happy to find out during our 7 am breakfast that we were going to cancel the day's plans and just have a free day in the middle of nowhere. I decided to catch up on sleep while some people decided to go out for an early morning hike. They did not have a goal originally but ended up reaching the top of a summit before turning back. Many other groups took their free morning to hike or chill around the hostel. After a short nap, I finished reading a game of thrones and ate a quick lunch before going out on the trails with Jennifer. We decided to not go very far, so ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey March 1st 2012

From London and Oxford, I headed up to Manchester in the northwest of England. Nearby is my home town of Altrincham. I visited my cousins and friends from my youth. Frazer was kind enough to let me stay with him! My other cousin, Craige, drove me out to Wales for a day to meet with my Aunt and Uncle in Anglesey. I visited some of my old haunts around Altrincham including the residence and grounds at Dunham Massey. As I had a spare day at the end of my visit, I took a whirlwind tour of the Lake District. This involved a tram into Manchester, a connecting train to Windermere and a bus to Ambleside. I went for a hike around Ambleside up in to the hills and visited a waterfall. I made it back to ... read more
Pub in Manchester
Antique Fair in Altrincham
St. Mary's Bowdon Church

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey September 14th 2010

Travelled by the ferry Ulysses across the Irish Sea to Holyhead - accompanied by many Manchester United fans for a midweek Euro game against Rangers in Manchester. Full house unfortunately. Visited the town with the longest name -LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH. Gogo for short !!! It does have a Gaelic meaning- "The Church of Mary in the Hollow of the White Hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the Church of Tysilio by the Red Cave". Visited the scenic old Roman town of Chester. a very old city showing evidence of the Roman, Norman, Victorian and Tudor occupation - the "Pics" ate a whole legion as the story goes. Many, many shops. Off to the the City of Manchester (Population ¾ million)- Man U fans everywhere. Watched the game on the big screen - disappointing.... read more
Chester Cathederal
Chester-City of Shops

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey » Holyhead September 3rd 2010

The last Bank Holiday weekend in the UK means another trip off somewhere (3 days in a row … have to make the most of it). This bank holiday was another hiking trip, back to north Wales and Snowdonia. Upfront I experienced possibly the longest most sleep deprived 3 days of my life! I agreed to drive the mini-bus for the weekend (yep, that’s right 14 other human beings had their life in my hands) so off to Gatwick lunchtime on Friday to pick it up and drive to Hammersmith to pick up the brave souls. We left on time (for once), the traffic was not too bad (for a bank holiday Friday) and all was going well until the lights went out on the motorway! A lovely electrical fault in the bus which saw us ... read more
Snowdon ... below the summit

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey » Holyhead August 26th 2010

Week Monday 16th August to Sunday 22nd August 2010. Monday 16th August 2010. Up and went for a bike ride - along the coast road, about 16kms for Gaye. I stopped and asked about a sheet metal shop, talked to a couple of workers laying pavers. I then proceeded to chase down Gaye. Missed the turn off so back and forwards till I got my bearings, did about 25kms and by the time I got back, Gaye was resting in the sunshine and laughed when I told her. We then packed up and found the sheet metal shop and purchased some metal. He showed us a good example of Welsh dry humour as I tried to pay with a Bank of Scotland £5 note - he said it was no good and only took the £5 ... read more
Ferry Terminal at Holyhead - Wales
Gaye on MTB 18.8.10
Just So Right

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey » Holyhead July 17th 2010

Geo: 53.3096, -4.63347July 17, 2010Dublin, Republic of IrelandGot up at 5:15 a.m. and had breakfast at 6 a.m. It was a continental breakfast of fruits, cereal, and breads. They did have the ham and cheese selection, so I had a bowl of cereal and a ham and cheese on toast. We then boarded the bus to get to the ferry that would carry us across the Irish Sea. I am going to use the motion sickness wrist band that I bought from the travel store in Santa Monica. You place the hard pellet over your pulse on your wrist and then tighten it slightly. This is suppose to keep you from getting sick.On the way to the boat, Dylan let us know that at the beginning of the trip, we were told to “show our appreciation” ... read more
Our ferry, Ulysses
Dublin, Ireland
layout of the ferry

Geo: 53.2167, -4.2WalesWe landed at Holyhead and drove for about 30 minutes and stopped in the town that has the longest railroad station name in Europe: (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which means The Church of Mary in the Hollow of the White Hazel near the Fierce Whirlpool and the Church of Tysilio by the Red Cave). This place also just happened to have one of the largest rest stops I have ever seen. There was a supermarket, clothing, bedding, and jewelry departments as well as the gift shops and restaurant. I picked up a few things and some nice sweaters for Mom. The road signs officially have to be in Welsh first and then in English, so some of the names of the towns are really hard to pronounce! After leaving this town, we skirted the coastal town of ... read more
LLanfair PG
LLanfair PG
LLanfair PG

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey May 9th 2010

Hallo, here's an update of my last few days, starting back in N. W. Wales: May 4th 2010 An unexpected visit from an old friend overnight and for a morning was a glorious intermission... I took her to the nearby burial chamber, and we were both very moved by the atmosphere there. After spending most of last week on that friendly campsite, visiting ancient sites up and down the old Roman roads in the Conwy valley, and getting lost in the hills above, I escaped the Bank holiday rush by driving down to Denbigh to visit a 5W member & her husband for the weekend. They live in a cottage by an old manor house, where Beatrice Potter wrote the Flopsy Bunnies, the drawings of Mr Macgregors garden and the potting shed were all done there! ... read more
pony on Llanddwn
bryn celli ddu
Barclodiad exterior

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Isle of Anglesey » Holyhead May 6th 2010

Dear friends, have decided to post a blog, see if it still works. I so enjoy writing about my travels, so here's some of my first writings about my journey: 1. April 2010 I left home on 30th March, with my new tenant moving in as I cancelled the electric! Most salutary to condense my belongings and pack them into my loft, garden shed, and friends’ garage. And this feels a good time to be setting off on adventure. After a great long weekend in Devon, on the Womens Healing Retreat, and a few days with friend Erica in Buckfastleigh searching for a van, I realised I wanted something smaller than those I’d been looking at. We soon came up with the idea of a Romahome made by Citroen, and Gumtree provided this very one, in ... read more

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