Around Portmeirion

After strolling around the village of Portmeirion we decided in the afternoon to venture slightly further afield and explore the surroundings – not least the extensive woodland with thousands of self-sustaining plant species. We just headed for the woods and strolled – it is utterly gorgeous. So many beautiful flowers everywhere but especially the rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias…

Exploring Portmeirion

Portmeirion, the candy coloured village on the North Wales coast, setting for the TV cult show The Prisoner and apparently a favoured haunt of the Beatles was a place Husband and I had visited years ago. The sun was still shining, it was just a ten minute drive from our Porthmadog hotel, so on the…

Sunshine in Criccieth

Finally finally the sun decided to put in a (long overdue) appearance on our Wales trip – unsure how long it would stick around we were up and ready to make the most of it. A short drive from Porthmadog and we found ourselves in the gorgeous little seaside resort of Criccieth – a ruined…

Blaenau in the Rain

Our trip on the Ffestiniog Railway ended at the old market town of Blaenau Ffestiniog where we hopped off the train and set out to explore. Mist and rain hung over the whole place, it was chilly, damp and more than a bit miserable. We did walk around a little but visibility was so poor…

Riding The Ffestiniog Railway

Our first morning in Wales was just like the previous day – cold, wet and generally miserable. Still, undeterred, we decided to keep with our original plan which was to ride the historic Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog – despite the rain we thought the one hour and fifteen minute train journey sounded fun. Plenty…

Exploring Porthmadog

The map was consulted in an attempt to find the best place to base ourselves for our Bank Holiday weekend in Wales – Porthmadog was picked. This turned out to be a great place and base to explore this corner of Wales. A little seaside town, it grew up as a slate shipping port exporting…

Braving The Elements At Harlech Castle

The first Bank Holiday in May and we decided to take a trip to Wales. Previous expeditions over this weekend have proved a bit hit and miss with the weather, this year was no exception to that rule. Our first port of call was Harlech Castle. We drove through incredibly beautiful scenery and the Snowdonia National…