Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Weekly Photo Challenge: Welsh Letters

For this week’s challenge, share a photo with letters — no matter the alphabet.  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch  is a large village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales across the strait from Bangor. With 58 characters it has the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world. The name means: [St.] Mary’s Church (Llanfair) [in] the hollow (pwll) of the white hazel (gwyn gyll) near (go … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Welsh Letters

View of Conwy Tower from the Tower

Walking the steep and narrow Medieval Town Walls of Conwy in Wales

For my last medieval adventure in Wales we walked one of the finest and most complete sets of town walls in Europe. Conwy’s 1.2 km of town walls are a medieval defensive structure around the town of Conwy in North Wales. The walls were constructed between 1283 and 1287 after the foundation of Conwy by Edward I, and were designed to form an integrated system of defence alongside Conwy Castle. For mid autumn … Continue reading Walking the steep and narrow Medieval Town Walls of Conwy in Wales

Quay House in Conwy, Wales

Quay House in Conwy, Wales is the Smallest House in Britain!

We found the Smallest House in Great Britain nestled amongst a terrace of houses on Conway’s Quayside in Wales. We couldn’t really miss the smallest house as it is painted a bright red and looks so cute situated next to the high city walls of Conway. The house, which has a floor area of 3.05 metre by 1.8 metre and a height of 10 feet … Continue reading Quay House in Conwy, Wales is the Smallest House in Britain!

newgate an arch bridge

Walking the Old City Walls of Chester and searching for the Graves of Witches

Chester, is a city in Cheshire, England, close to the border with Wales and one of the places I explored with my friend Yvonne while visiting her in Anglesey, Wales. Autumn mornings are quite chilly and we were quite glad that we remembered to take gloves and warm scarves with us although the wall walk did warm us up. Chester city walls form an almost … Continue reading Walking the Old City Walls of Chester and searching for the Graves of Witches

The Cloister Garth and Refectory

The Medieval Cathedral of Chester, England close to the border of Wales.

One of my favourite things to do while travelling is to visit the beautiful cathedrals of that country. England has so many spectacular Cathedrals but high on my list of favourites is definitely the beautiful Medieval Cathedral of Chester. Chester is close to the border of Wales and I spent the day exploring this beautiful old town with my friend Yvonne. Chester Cathedral is a Church … Continue reading The Medieval Cathedral of Chester, England close to the border of Wales.

Garth Pier

A Walk through Bangor, one of the Smallest Cities in Britain.

Wales is filled with so many beautiful and old towns and cities that are best explored on foot to experience the place. While visiting Yvonne in Wales we spent a morning walking through Bangor, a city in Gwynedd, North West Wales. It is actually one of the smallest cities in Britain and one of only six places classed as a city in Wales, although it is only the 36th largest urban area … Continue reading A Walk through Bangor, one of the Smallest Cities in Britain.

Llyn Idwal (Lake)

A walk in Snowdonia national park through the valley of Cwm Idwal, Wales.

We were pushing our luck going for a hike in Snowdonia on such an overcast day. Chances were that we would not make it around the lake before getting soaked but the rain clouds did make for a very dramatic scenery. I had my own “personal guide” in the form of my friend Yvonne for this wonderful hike. This walk offered some of the most … Continue reading A walk in Snowdonia national park through the valley of Cwm Idwal, Wales.

Welsh staring sheep

Late Summer stroll along the Welsh Coast around the Village of Aberffraw

I can now officially say that I have fallen in love with the beautiful Welsh countryside!! I love the green rolling hills and valleys that cover this lush green countryside. Little inquisitive sheep dotted across the fields and the pebble covered coastline. I spent a week visiting my friends in Wales and ended up feeling like I had my own local tour guides for this … Continue reading Late Summer stroll along the Welsh Coast around the Village of Aberffraw

The striking Anglesey countryside

Exploring the lush Wales countryside of Newborough Warren (Ynys Llanddwyn), National Nature Reserve in Anglesey

I have often read about the lush green fields and hills of Wales and seen pictures of this lush countryside filled with grazing sheep and green forests. Getting to walk through one of the beautiful Nature Reserves found across Wales was definitely a highlight of my Wales Adventure. My very good friend Yvonne who lives in Anglesey, Wales took me for a  walk through the … Continue reading Exploring the lush Wales countryside of Newborough Warren (Ynys Llanddwyn), National Nature Reserve in Anglesey

Caernarfon Castle

Exploring Edwardian Caernarfon, my first Welsh town and Castle

On my first visit to Wales and as an introduction to Welsh history my friend Yvonne took me to visit CaernarfonCastle. Getting to visit this magnificent medieval building in Gwynedd, north-west Wales was the perfect introduction to the rich Welsh history and culture. I loved walking through the narrow streets and over the cobbled roads of the Edwardian town of Caernarfon. This town and castle … Continue reading Exploring Edwardian Caernarfon, my first Welsh town and Castle