I’ve just got back from our family holiday 🙂 We had a lovely week in North Wales. Now, I know I go to Uni in North Wales, and therefore it may seem like a busman’s holiday, but I don’t really travel out of Bangor that much and so hadn’t gone to places like Llanberis and Anglesey for ages!
Our cottage was beautiful, and in the middle of nowhere! We were staying on the edge of the old Dinorwig Quarry, above Llanberis. No signal, no close neighbours, no traffic…lovely 🙂 We were about a 40mins walk from Llanberis itself, which is where the Snowdon Railway starts – so, pretty well in the mountains then! Didy loved it because we didn’t have to worry about him on the road, and there were lots of interesting smells for him to follow!
Everywhere we went, we were met with beautiful scenery. The first day we had to move my stuff from one student house to another, and then find our way to the cottage. Even the drive up was amazing! Day 2 and 3 we took a walk down to Llanberis to look round and do some shopping. Walking down through the quarry gave us vast views across Snowdonia, and towards Snowdon itself.
The second day in Llanberis we spent looking round the slate museum and taking a trip on the railway. It was really really hot weather, which was lovely for looking round the village, but not so great for walking back to the cottage! Even at 6pm it was roasting! Didy wasn’t sure he liked the little train – made funny noises, and smelt strange to him, but he managed pretty well. A couple of things I’ve noticed in this area are that, one: Everywhere is very dog-friendly. Many shops allow you to take the dog inside, the slate museum allowed him round most of the place, the trains allowed him on…it certainly made our holiday more varied without having to shut Didy in the car.
The other thing is that tourist attractions and souvenirs are surprisingly well priced. For example, the gift shop at the summit of Snowdon is a monopoly, and you would therefore expect huge prices. However, we discovered that actually the prices there were CHEAPER than elsewhere! Bizarre really. And yes, we did go up Snowdon. And yes, we did walk 😛 It was hard going, although I didn’t struggle as much as I did the last time I went! Three years can make all the difference! The funny thing was, it was almost exactly 3 years since the first time I walked Snowdon – 29th June 2008 versus 4th July 2011.
The weather was slightly hotter this time though – I got slightly burnt My arms were so red and prickly for days afterwards! Not good Mum still believes that she would have preferred going up by train, although she IS proud of herself! I’m proud of Didy actually – he is 11 years old, and only a little dog, and yet he powered his way up, only getting tired right near the top. However, coming back down he was limping on all four paws – there is a particularly rocky part of the track which he really struggled with – bless him!
This has gone quite long, so I’ll leave the rest of the week for another post 🙂 I hope anyone who has been/is going on holiday soon has an amazing time! The weather here has certainly been varied – from glorious sunshine, roasting hot and dry as a bone to downpours, fog, and streams down the road. It did stay warm though. For now though:
‘I have had a holiday, and I’d like to take it up professionally.’ ~ Kylie Minogue