Wales

After our drive through Birmingham and a night’s sleep at our Airbnb in Wrexham, we made our way to northwest Wales. We walked the walls and up the towers of Conwy Castle, which overlooked a bay on one side and the breathtaking walled town, mountains and water.  Here are a few shots that I managed to take before the rain got to us.

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The rain, of course, followed us and we found ourselves getting dry at a tea house for scones, cream lattes and sandwiches.  After the rain cleared, we wandered around the streets of Conwy, purchased some souvenirs and then loaded up the car to head to our next Welsh town.

Our next stop that day was Llandudno, which was an adorable seaside (Alice in Wonderland) town.   The beach was full of rocks, which I’m not used to, considering that I’ve only been on sandy beaches in New Jersey and Costa Rica.  There were also gorgeous land formations that seemed to reach over the water.  We also saw some jellyfish while we were out on the piers, but they were camera shy, and blended into the water too much for me to get a decent candid.

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We were able to visit the smallest house  in Great Britain which measured: 72 inches wide and 122 inches high.  It used to belong to an old married couple and then to Robert Jones, a 6’3” man, a seafarer until 1900.  The house was eventually deemed uninhabitable and is now a place that anyone can visit.  As a person just barely over 5’o tall, the house seemed pretty cramped for me.  It was simply a bench next to a fire place on the first floor and then a small ladder next to the front door which led up to a bed and a washbasin.  I can’t imagine how a man over a foot taller than me would be able to live there, but I guess he had to take his baths outside and wash his clothes elsewhere, since there was hardly any room for two people to be on either floor.

Before dinner we also stumbled into a WWII museum, which was interesting to see how the English contributed to the war effort.  I had only been in American museums of that kind before, so seeing how Britain lived in the same time period was pretty eye-opening.  I learned more about rationing, blackouts and the years of sacrifice that families had to go through in order to help soldiers who were out on the front lines.  I also learned that women around my age or younger, called Land Girls, had to leave their homes and help grow crops towards the end of the war.  Here’s a few shots that I snapped while we walked through the exhibits.

Can’t wait to explore more of Wales in the future, maybe Snowdonia or the Southern Wales?  Leave me suggestions if you’ve been or want to go 🙂

Later ‘gator,

the tan bunny ❤

 

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