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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day14


    October 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heute ging es zum grössten Seebad von Wales nach Llandudno, hier war eine Fahrt mit einer Strassenbahn angesagt, die auf halbem Weg zur Bergfahrt wurde. An der Bergstation angekommen studierten wir die Tafeln und staunten nicht schlecht dass hier sogar die Schweizer Firma Doppelmayr am Werk war. Das Tram wir über einen Kabelzug angetrieben und das eine Tram zieht das andere mit der Schwerkraft hoch. Auf dem Berggipfel haben wir auch noch das Restaurant mit den feinen Desserts erkundet.Read more

  • Day33

    Conwy RSPB reserve

    August 21, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Reserve is by the estuary overlooking Conwy Castle. Friendly staff who advised us on the best telescope to get. We ended up buying another tripod too (see the kit in the photo). Great quality telescope enabled us to see loads including Beautiful lapwings, Bar Tailed Godwits, Tufted Ducks and Dunlins.

  • Day6

    Day 5: Chester & North Wales Coast

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today we headed for Wales. Our first step was a "truck stop" where John got a Red Bull. At the stop there was also a Starbucks, a Subway and a Krispy Kreme shop. Our next stop was Chester which is one of the two walled cities in England. John and I stopped at an ATM before heading out to explore. Since it was close to lunchtime, we stopped in a shop and got a shop and purchased a Cornish pasty for me and a sausage roll for John. Then lunch in hand, we began our wanderings through Chester.

    We walked the length of the top of the wall. The far end of the wall ended at the ruins of a Roman garden and a Roman Amphitheater. From there we headed for Chester Castle. We went inside, but there wasn't much to see and it was close to time to return to the bus.

    From Chester we headed for Conwy (pronounced Conway) in Wales. After checking into the hotel and freshening up and changing clothes, we headed for dinner at Bonant Gardens Food Center. The name is misleading. It is called a Center because they grow much of their own food and supplement that with locally grown food. Prior to dinner we had a cooking demonstration of the meal we would later eat and a wine tasting. We tasted two white wines - a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc (John and I both liked the Chardonnay the best) - and two red wines - a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend and a Merlot (John didn't like either and I liked the Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend the best). The dinner was wonderful. When we returned to the hotel we took a short walk on a path nearby.

    Earlier in the day we had been told that the Estuary Conwy and the hotel are on was tidal. I had never heard the term before, but learned it means that the water goes out with the tide. While we were on our walk we witnessed this phenomenon. Where we were most of the water went out leaving just mud behind. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me on the walk, so I have no photo of the phenomenon. I had no problems with my knee either. I will see how it feels tomorrow.
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  • Day7

    Day 6: Caernarfon & Welsh Countryside

    August 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We headed for Caernarfon at 8:45 am. This was to give us a bit of a break after the long driving day yesterday. On our way to Caernarfon we made a short stop at q seaside town for a scenic photo opportunity. The town, Daresbury, was where Charles Dodgson who under the pen name Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice in Wonderland” had lived. On the seaside promenade was a bronze statue of the mad Haller.

    After some photos and a stroll along the promenade, we headed for Caernarfon Castle. The castle was started in 1283 by King Edward I to take control of Wales. Our guide was very good. There is no doubt in my mind that she is proud to be a Welsh. After the tour we were free to explore the ruins. John and I walked the upper wall of the castle and climbed wheat seemed like at least 80 steps, but probably wasn’t more than 30. The steps were q challenge for my knee, but I “soldiered on”.

    After the Castle we found a shop where we could get Cornish pasties and sausage rolls. We didn’t realize that you needed to slate you wanted to eat in (not do ”take away”) so once we realized our mistake we just paid the difference to eat in. After lunch we returned to the bus. Some of us were dropped off at Conwy to explore the castle there. Emboldened by my success climbing the towers of Caernarfon Castle, I agreed to explore Conwy castle. We had also decided we would tour the Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House. We were able to purchase a combo ticket at Conwy Castle. The combo ticket was £16 per person, but John asked if they gave a senior discount and it turned out they did, so the tickets only cost us £7 each! We climbed 2 towers at Conwy (I refused to climb a 3rd).

    Then we walked A short distance to the Elizabethan Town House. The tour included an audio tour. In each room you “synced” with a device in the room to get information about the room. The narrator portrayed a character associated with the house (owner, wife, servant, etc.). The tour was very informative.

    After the tour we walked back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. After dinner we got packed and ready to check out tomorrow. The drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford is not supposed to be as long a day as the travel day to Conwy was.
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  • Day9

    Mochdre - Day 9

    April 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After a bit of a sleep in we took Georgia up to the Welsh Mountain Zoo, where I used to work. It pretty much hasn't changed in 20 years, even my old mate Jake the Gibbon is still there! We strolled about for an hour and half then took the road out to Snowdonia, stopping off at the Welsh Food Centre for lunch. We got back in time for a quick snooze before heading down to the club to watch the end of the game there, and catch up with a few of my old team mates! It's a great reunion, with a couple of the guys making a special trip in to catch up. Needless to say I probably had one Guinness too many and Jane was getting treated to double shots so we were kindly driven home. Georgia had a fun night playing pool with Gogsie's 15 YO son! Bit of a holiday spark there I think, with an exchange of Instagram addresses!!Read more

  • Day1

    Dodging debris...

    May 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We had pulled Heimo up in a field behind the pub car park, something of an overflow, but as the pub was quiet it was just Heimo and a few pigs in the nearby field. We had a lovely night's sleep and headed off the next morning at around 11 having decided to forgo our usual omelette breakfast as we were too full, though Alfie was disappointed for certain. With Rachel at the wheel we moved sedately but safely in the direction of Anglesey.

    We left Chelford and quickly dropped on to the M56 heading towards Wales. Rachel was driving and by now were fair zipping along at about 65mph, we were following an old motorhome with a mobility scooter attached to the back, when suddenly a large metal bracket fell off their vehicle flipped a few times on the road as we approached it, then went under Heimo with proper clunk before attacking other drivers behind us! We slowed down but thankfully nothing felt untoward and when we passed the old couple in the disintegrating motorhome Nick tried to let them know, but they were so fixated on the road and didn't notice or simply ignored him hanging out of the window gesticulating at them!

    Rachel decided we needed to pull off the motorway and properly check the underside of Heimo, so we came off the motorway and passed about twenty stopping spots, mostly because Rachel felt she was going too fast to pull over by the time she spotted them! Eventually we found a dirt lay by and pulled in, Nick crawled about under Heimo and judiciously declared all was good. With renewed confidence Rachel drove on and we eventually swapped when we stopped to stock up on coffee and cakes near Prestatyn, a sad place full of retired Scousers (so Rachel said with conviction).

    With Nick back on the helm and Rachel navigating (Nick gets sick just thinking about reading a map while motoring along) we quickly got back on to the A55 and made good time past Conway and on to Anglesey. We drove along the north side of the island eventually arriving at our intended destination, a car park overlooking a the bay at Lligwy. There was a small cafe at the top end of the parking area with a path down to the beach, we promptly drove to the other end and popped Heimo up on the blocks to level up a little, also providing a better view across the bay, and what a view that was!

    The evening was spent walking bare foot along the beach, while Alfie chased after every other dog he saw. Later that evening Nick rustled up some chilli con carne, which was just a little too spicey for Rachel, but was washed down with a bottle of Rioja and some sparkling water, not all together obviously. By 10pm we were all tired and Alfie climbed on to the drivers seat, ignoring his bed under the table, and promptly started snoring.

    We were woken up on Sunday morning by the sound of seagulls and children, Nick checked the time and realising it was only 7.30 rolled over and went back to sleep. By 9am the sun was well and truly high and the van was warming up inside. We opened a couple of roof lights to let some air in and boiled the kettle. Nick took Alfie out on the beach for a quick run around, there was no way either of us could put up with any more of his whining. Breakfast around 10 was Nick's new motorhome specialty, something he calls 'Messy Eggs' - basically an ommlette with cheese, onion and fresh pepper, flipped so it is cooked both sides - because we don't have a grill.

    By the time we had washed up it was nearly 11 and Alfie was beside himself in anticipation of a good long walk. We headed off down the coastal path, enjoying the amazing views and stopping to take a few pictures. The weather was sunny and warm and there were clouds of huge flies that seemed determined to dive bomb us each time we got near to a field. The tide was most of the way out but even so it was impossible to climb down to the beach and work our way back along the rocks, so we turned around and headed back along the coastal path. When we could safely to do so we dropped down on to the beach and walked bare foot across the bay, enjoying the sand and surf.

    When we got back to the cafe at the top end of the car park we decided it was time for a coffee and some cake, the cake was really excellent. Nick then pulled out a chair and rolled it right back and spent about an hour sunbathing, it was a bit too hot for Rachel and Alfie who spent the time in the shade of the van. By about 1.30 we agreed Nick's face was looking a bit pink and anyway it was time to head back. Rachel had been busy and had mapped a rather convoluted route via the centre of Snowdonia, finding a route that avoided any motorways and promised to be a test of van driving skills, with many more interesting things to see as we trundled home.

    On the way out of Moelfre we called in to a Tesco Express and picked up some nice things for lunch before heading back for the bridge on to the mainland and the climb up in to the mountains. The journey was lovely, it was so warm and sunny and everything just looked beautiful, the trees were all in full leaf offering a myriad of shades of green to the backdrop of towering rocky mountains on each side of the road. The traffic wasn't too bad, but there were still plenty of people on the roads and we passed a few other motorhome owners, most of whom gave us the traditional wave.

    On the way we found a lovely car park / picnic area just off the A5 and stopped to enjoy the food we bought earlier. It was such a peaceful spot we were both tempted to pull up and stay for a few hours but we needed to get on home. The rest of the journey was pretty uneventful, we took it in turns driving and managed to not get lost virtually all the way back, at least until leaving Glossop! Somehow we ended up leaving Glossop via Snake Pass heading towards Sheffield, we turned around at the earliest opportunity and eventually headed out of Glossop towards Woodhead and from there home. We arrived back about 7.30pm to a starving Dan who, despite there being food to cook, had run out of snacks and was demanding to be fed!

    Lesson learned, next time we leave him at home there needs to be more snacks and less cook able food!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Conwy, CWY, Конуи, Sir Conwy, Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy, Co-chorp Coontae Chonwy, קונווי, コンウィ, 콘위 주, Konvis, Conwy grevskapsdistrikt, Conwy Coonty Burgh, Конві, 康威自治市

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