Sunday, 23 October 2011

A weekend with no puddle hopping involved!

Last weekend Mara came to visit us from London...and yes you read right - it didn't rain once!  We did a little bit of exploring but started off the weekend in the town just next to us which is Conwy.  It has a pretty historic castle that was built by Edward I during the 1200s. 

It is also a classic walled town, so we walked the walls...

snapping lots of pics along the way.

That tiny red house you see in the far left of the picture is actually the smallest house in Britain, at only 1.8  metres wide.  Ironically, it's last occupant was 6'3''. 

There are 22 towers that were built to protect the castle, here's one of them.

Of course no time that us foodies spend together is complete without good food.  Unfortunately North Wales is seriously lacking in that department, as was evidenced by the 'ice cream' milkshakes we tried in Conwy.  They were a big let down...but we did track down one good little spot for tasty treats in Beaumaris, Anglesey.

The Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour not only sells proper milkshakes (if only we'd known!) but also has the yummiest gelato flavours like...

They even let you try before you buy so we got to sample all sorts of flavours.

In the end we settled for tropical mango, chocolate flake and raspberry and white chocolate truffle! 

Eating good food is when we are at our happiest! 

The lady in the ice cream shop recommended Newborough as a nice local beach to check out...

Mara forgot we're not in Turks and Caicos anymore and this sludgy sand doesn't feel quite as nice between your toes...not that she seemed to care! 

Last time the two of us were on a beach together we were certainly not in coats and the water was a shade more turquoise!!

Luckily we woke up on Saturday morning to find much bluer skies! 

So we made the most of it and headed to Llandudno...

because I'd heard about the cable cars and they sounded like fun! 

We found this compass thing at the top of the Great Orme, which told us we were 5 miles from our home in Penmaenmawr.

Everything seems better in Wales when the sun shines! 

So apparently these cable cars are pretty special! 

and from the smile on my face it appears I would agree! 

I love this picture, that's the little cable car carriage we were riding that's in shadow...

and a one legged seagull just for fun! 

After our morning in Llandudno, we headed back inland towards Snowdonia and after passing some amazing scenery we ended up at this glacial valley known as Cwm Idwal...

After a mini hike we finished our day by walking around this rather picturesque lake.

It was great to explore a few new areas...

and to be reminded that there are a few good things about North Wales after all! 

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