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My holiday in North Wales

Updated on September 12, 2014

This is another coach holiday, this time to North Wales

Majestic Tours of Teignmouth run some lovely coach holidays. This time we went to Llandudno in North Wales. We had been before so one day we waved the others goodbye as they went to Chester back in England and we went to visit a nearby garden which proved to be splendid indeed.


All the photos are mine.

Arriving at the hotel

But let's begin at the beginning as Maria in The Sound of Music would say. We set off from home on a Monday morning by taxi, for three miles to meet the coach. First we travelled to Bristol where people departed to various other coaches to go off to different destinations. We took the coach to Llandudno in North Wales. You pronounce Llandudno like this Thlandidno, of course it's Welsh. It's by the sea. You get a little glimpse of it on the introductory photo Where I am standing on the pier. Piers are long structures built out into the sea. People like to walk along them and fish from them. We arrived quite early and were given tea and sandwiches as there had been some mix -up about lunch. Then we went to our rooms. It was mostly comfortable but a bit lacking in comfort in the bath room. Here the toilet was so close to the wash basin that one had to squeeze between the two to sit down. Fortunately I am agile. I expect if I had complained to the coach driver I would have been given a better room, but I don't like complaining, so I managed. The cost for five days and four nights is about 200 GBP so I really think one cannot expect The Ritz.

Rock climbers near Snowdon, North Wales

Moody Snowdonia

On the first full day in Wales we went on the trip to Snowdonia. The tops of the mountains were, as often, covered in cloud. It was a sombre, moody landscape. We saw rock climbers when we stopped to view the scene. This is a land full of romance and of heroes fighting the English. There is a legend of Prince Llewyelyn the Great leaving his baby in the care of his faithful hound Gelert. When he returned he found the hound covered in blood. He killed it assuming it had harmed the baby and then he found a dead wolf slain by Gelert. Next he discovered the baby safe and well. He was distraught that he had not believed in Gelert. These are the kind of stories that grow from this moody and mystical place,

Near Snowdon

Running in Snowdonia. I didn't try it

Mountain scenery, North Wales

Shops and a waterfall.

On our trip to Snowdon we also called in at Betws- y- Coed. This is the principal village of Snowdonia National Park. Here there are shops with Welsh Tweed clothes and memorabilia and trinkets. About a mile up the road are The Swallow Falls, where the river rushes into a chasm. These falls are beautiful but not world class in height. This was a cloudy, murky day, but moody and mystical. We also had a walk by the river.

A little trip of our own

The next day we decided to skip the scheduled trip to Chester, back into England and instead stay in North Wales, look around the town and do some shopping and then take the local bus out to Bodnant gardens. It was a very good decision. It took just about half an hour to get there and the bus stopped right outside the gardens. What a lovely place. It was Autumn so there were some spectacular colours to see.

It was a most enjoyable walk in beautiful surroundings.

Autumn Colours

Song of Autumn

Here in North Wales

Autumn comes

With red and gold

Upon the bough.

Spreading grass

Invites us to gaze beyond

Up past the green and yellow,

To the evergreen blue.

More Autumn Colours

The cycle of life

Leaves are falling

Some boughs are bare,

Crimson highlights everywhere.

The year is dying

But in a blaze of glory.

Telling once more

The ancient story,

The story of death and life returning.

Waterfall

Water falling

Hear the water falling

In a constant stream.

So relaxing in its constancy

Pouring under the bridge.

Plunging downward

Into the dell,

Pure and lovely

We are under its spell.

The lily pond at Bodnant

Reflection

Lily pond at Bodnant

Reflecting all the joys,

The bending boughs,

The splendid house

All mirrored in your face.

Lily pond you just lie quiet

To produce your magic.

No fuss, no alarm,

Quiet and calm,

You give back glory to glory.

The house at Bodnant reflected in the pond

The road bridge and the railway bridge from Conway castle

The two bridges

On the third day we rejoined our friends on the coach and went to see Conway Castle. From the castle we could see the bridges for road on the left and ,covered in for rail on the right. The castles in Wales are English structures meant to help subdue the Welsh in past centuries, now they are a source of income as tourist sites.

Pigeons on Conway Castle

A narrow window

Strong and mighty

Strong bastion

Of an invader's might

In the land of the mountain

The land of the Red Kite.

Forever proud your people be

They stand upright

Survivors of war

They never flee.

The crumbling walls

Tell of times that have been.

Now the pen is mightier than the sword,

Poverty is the weapon.

The Welsh in the south of the country are fairly well resigned to the English but there is still a lot of animosity among the North Wales population, where poverty is more prevalent. The Welsh now have their own assembly, I'm not a very politically aware person but I believe their assembly does not have as much power as the Scottish one. No doubt many of their grievances are justified.

A view of the castle from the town

Home, sweet home

And so the holiday comes to an end and on the Friday we travel back from North Wales to Devon, also a beautiful place. The change of scenery has done us a power of good and we return refreshed, to our normal everyday life. Hopefully you too have enjoyed the trip.

Do you like this lens? Would you like to go to North Wales? - The beautiful, mountainous land of North Wales

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Really beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them!

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Great lens, you've captured our land so beautifully. I live in Wrexham on the border in North Wales and we go to Devon on our holidays sometimes! Small world isn't it :)

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i would love to go to england. i live here in central europe, austria, but could not find time to visit other european countries.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @GeoffSteen: glad to meet you Geoff. I see I need to add you to my lens Squidoo lensmasters for the UK. Will dothat soon.

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      GeoffSteen 7 years ago

      Lovely pictures! I'm based in Llandudno so it's great to see and hear what visitors think. My wife and I are travelling the other way next week to Devon!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd love to travel to this beautiful area. Enjoyed the photos and descriptions.

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Oh, what beautiful pictures! I would love to visit those locations. 5*

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Beautiful pictures. Great place to visit. I can tell you had so much fun! Blessed by an Angel!