So, a few days later than planned, here is the second part of our holiday 🙂
Tuesday, the weather broke We woke up to torrential rain and very strong, noisy winds. Not nice!! As we all were tired and achy from Snowdon (except Didy, who had recovered remarkably well!) we spent the morning relaxing – doing crosswords, quizzes, Sudoku…generally sitting still 😛 The view from the upstairs through onto the balcony was non-existent – the mountains had completely disappeared into cloud, and the trees followed soon after! Lovely
At about lunchtime, the rain stopped. We needed to get some shopping – milk, bread etc – and so decided we would take a trip to Caernarfon nearby. I have been fairly recently on a costume shopping trip for Uni, but think it so pretty, so didn’t mind a wander round 🙂 Also, the charity shops there are pretty good 😛 I bought a jewellery set for a couple of pounds, and two ties for the dress I’ve been planning for about three years! The castle looked lovely, although we didn’t go round – weren’t sure if we could take the dog with us. Maybe another time!
I couldn’t help taking a picture of this shop along one of the main streets. I just thought the dress was so pretty – with all the little decorations making the skirt…very clever 🙂 I like quirky shop fronts like this, it makes me want to go and have a look around!
Soon we needed a cuppa and a cake, and so found a cute little place called ‘Y Tebot Bach’ or ‘The Little Teapot’ in English 🙂 I had the most amazing slice of warm chocolate fudge cake, and my parents had lovely cheese scones 🙂 Didy was slightly jealous I think! Once refuelled, we did our shopping and rushed back to the car, as we had gone over our parking slightly!
Next day, we wanted to go and see the Copper Mines at Amlwch on Anglesey. Shame that once we got there it was all closed up due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’. However, we did have a nice time wandering around the port, looking at the watchtower, walking up to the old windmill and watching boats going round the coastline.
They had some really pretty wild flowers in the area too 🙂 But apart from that, there wasn’t much to see. So, we headed back to the car. We did see a rescue helicopter overhead, and an ambulance parked along one of the coast paths…hopefully no-one was seriously hurt :/The rest of the day was spent driving and stopping whenever the fancy took us. We did find an ‘ancient village’ near Moelfre, which was very interesting.
Day 7 was a trip to Sygun Copper Mines (second time lucky!) and then on to Beddgelert. The stalagmites and stalactites in the mines were beautiful, and the photos really didn’t do them justice. It was a very interesting trip round, followed by a cup of tea and a look round the shop 🙂
Then we headed off to Beddgelert, the grave of the faithful hound, Gelert. The story of Gelert is so sad – his master went hunting without the dog. When he came back, his young son’s cot is covered in blood and Gelert is nearby. In a fit of rage, the master kills Gelert, but as the dog yelps, the young boy cries. His father finds him safe and sound next to the body of the wolf that Gelert had killed. It is said that the man never smiled again 😦 So, after hearing that, we took Didy on his pilgrimage to Gelert’s grave.
He walked round in a circle twice, then left the way he had come 🙂 Bless him!
The shop above was amazing! Most things were made on site from wood – lamps, figurines, chopsticks, jewellery…the list goes on! They also sold fairtrade scarves and musical instruments which were really pretty 🙂 I bought a leather ring and we all had chopsticks!
Our last day was the Friday, and we first had to pack everything up. There is something so sad about packing things up at the end of a stay – whether it is after a holiday or after a year at Uni…I don’t like it very much. I think it’s the change…I’m not a fan! We went to the Trefriw Woollen Mills on the way back – was really interesting to see the looms in actions and all the wool in piles everywhere! The shop was nice too…if a little pricey in general. Then we went to Gwydir Castle, near Llanrwst. This is privately owned, and has fairly recently retreived its dining room! It was sold off in the 1920s to an American who never did anything with it. A few years later, there was a fire at the castle which would have destroyed the beautiful Tudor wooden and leather room. In the early 1990s the Castle, with the help of CADW managed to buy back the room – it was then carefully reinstated and now looks amazing! If anyone is ever in the area, I really recommend a good look 🙂 The gardens are nice too…they have peacocks roaming everywhere.
We finally got home about 6pm, unpacked, and relaxed. We had a lovely time…North Wales is a truly stunning area, and well worth a good visit! This is starting to sound like a travel guide! Haha oh well, back to clothes and jewellery soon 😛 And maybe a bit of poetry! It was my birthday yesterday, so I have presents to appreciate and cake to eat 😛
‘A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.’ ~Author Unknown