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Two Days in Wales

I don’t usually prattle on about my largely uninteresting life, but since I just had a holiday (my first in five years!) in Wales I thought I’d share some pictures.

Well, I say a holiday. Two full days is more of a mini-break, I guess, but I lost two days on the road (it’s a six and a half hour drive).

Here’s where I went:

North Wales

Map courtesy of Google Maps

The area to the north of the arrow is Snowdonia – mountains, forests and whatnot.

The trip up was fine apart from some panic around Birmingham. So many motorways branching off. Why is it that when you’re desperately looking for a turn off, all the road signs are obscured by lorries? Still, I didn’t get lost even once, and when you’re on your own with no navigator, and especially if you’re me, that’s quite a feat!

After arriving in a lovely little Bar/Grill/Restaurant/Hotel (six rooms!) I booked a table for dinner. Quality food! Grilled brie in breadcrumbs for starter followed by a massive home-made burger with onion rings, a mushroom so big it should have had some sort of faerie creature sitting on it and home-made chips (with the skins on!). For my US friends, that’s chips as in “French fries”, or is it “Freedom fries”? In the UK, the term “French fries” is reserved for those rubbish chips you get in fast-food places like MacDonald’s.

So, enough rambling, on with the pictures! I don’t want this post to get too long, so today I’ll show you some pictures I took at Dolwyddelan Castle.

Dolwyddelan Castle

Set on a hilltop (as many good/effective castles are!) it commands a dominant position over the surrounding countryside.

Dolwyddelan Castle

It was manned by Welsh soldiers – at that time Wales consisted of several kingdoms and there was also the threat of Norman/Anglo-Saxon invasion from England.

Dolwyddelan Castle

After visiting the castle, I continued to Bodnant Gardens, a National Trust property to the north. I’ll post some of those pictures later!

  1. June 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    haha, freedom fries! πŸ™‚ That will never get old!
    I love these pictures, they’re so beautiful. What a great get away!
    Your amazing meal sounds…AMAZING!! πŸ˜€

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    • June 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      Coming soon – photos of the gardens and then of my beautiful forest walk.
      The meals get better…! (or at least more sophisticated sounding :-))

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      • June 27, 2013 at 11:40 pm

        Honestly, I don’t know what could BE better than that! That’s my kind of food…:D

        Gardens and a beautiful forest walk sound amazing ~ I’m excited to hear and see more!

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      • June 28, 2013 at 3:53 am

        To be honest my first choice at a new place is often the burger if it’s on the menu. I wasn’t expecting such a huge, well presented home-made burger mind. No room left in my tummy for dessert 😦 which was strange since I’d been driving all day and, as is common for me when I’m travelling alone, I hadn’t eaten anything else all day.

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:09 am

        That means it was one heck of a great burger!!! πŸ™‚
        Oh, it’s been so long since I’ve had one of those!
        I’m with you, it’s usually one of my top picks on the menu as well; you just can’t go wrong with it.

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

        It was truly the king of burgers!

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:12 am

        I’m not going to lie, I really wish there was a picture of it! πŸ˜€ It would complete my burger fantasy for this afternoon!!

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:16 am

        I just went on their website (www.crossfoxes.co.uk) but lamentably there’s no burger picture 😦
        There is a picture of the Cajun chicken I had on day 2, though!

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:21 am

        This place looks INCREDIBLE ~ amazing find!! πŸ™‚
        What a little piece of paradise!

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:23 am

        Yes – I actually wrote them an email yesterday thanking them for such an enjoyable stay. Accommodation can make or break a holiday and I was so lucky to choose them out of all of the little pins on the Google maps search!

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      • June 28, 2013 at 6:26 am

        I love that ~ we always find a way of finding what we need.:) The world is grand like that!
        I’m sure they appreciated your appreciation.
        It’s so easy to forget to do things like that.

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  2. June 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    The freedom fries caught my attention also. We have nothing in the states that comes close to castles, roads, so on of Wales. I’ve often wondered what it feels like to touch the walls of stones that warriors once defended.
    Thank you for sharing. Hint, you are never lost just on a new adventure.

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    • June 28, 2013 at 3:50 am

      It’s quite a thought when you realise that someone a thousand years ago fought on this very spot, and leaned against this very wall.
      Sometimes I just get lost and annoyed πŸ™‚ but true enough, while on holiday getting lost would have been a new adventure! Taking a wrong turn and ending up in central Birmingham would have been a pretty scary adventure, mind.

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  3. June 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Oh my! I’m afraid a fairy has just lost her mushroom home somewhere!

    I love love love all your photos! So glad you posted a few although I can’t wait to see more! I love castles and one day I’ll get to go see one (or a few) and stand by the window and wait for my prince charming to come riding towards me. A girl can still dream though – especially when you put her inside a castle like that πŸ™‚

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    • June 29, 2013 at 3:42 am

      I’m glad you liked the photos!
      Castles are cool πŸ™‚

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      • June 29, 2013 at 3:54 am

        Yes, my Achilles heel. Castles with lots of minions.

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  4. June 30, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Grilled brie… hmmmm

    Love the castle too πŸ˜€

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    • June 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Grilled brie is one of my favourite starters πŸ™‚
      The castle was pretty cool!

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