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... and since it was getting dark, we drove on to our sleeping arrangements. I don't know where Yveline managed to find them, but let's say it was a pretty unique find: Caban Coch.
It's a campsite with three mobile cabins stripped from luxury and far from the main road. Since it was already dark when we arrived, we had to search through the darkness to find it. This back-to-basics cabin has a small living room with a stove, a ...
Next day, down the west coast of Wales to Aberstwyth. We travelled via Penygroes, Porthmadog, Capel Uchaf, Pantglas, Bryncir, Garndolmaen, Pont Dolbenmaen, Cwym Desstraillan, Ysbyty Despairn, Penryhydeuraith, Maentwrog, Llan Ffestiniog, Trawnsfynnydd.
Welsh is the predominant language spoken in North Wales, but the locals ...
A driving day but glorious weather. We drove off the island, saying goodbye to the green expanses of farms and back into the mountains of Snowdonia. After a few kilometres on challengingly narrow roads, we got back on the A470 and sped our way to Brecon. Brian has caught my cold so it is just as well that we have an easier day. Arriving at Peterstone Hotel in Brecon, we were advised that the room would not be ready until 3ish. So we ...
... but the house itself needs a bit of money. Kind of like Downton Abbey on a budget.
Today we drove to the northern tip of Anglesey to Holyhead to see the South Stack lighthouse. After a cup of tea and a scone we bought a ticket to see the famous lighthouse but were warned that there were 400 steps. Au contraire! There were 1126 steps (round trip to the top of the lighthouse) not to mention the paths in between. Exhausting but ...
... and free, national treasure. We wandered through the various old work shops until 2 when we watched a brief movie about the history of the mining operation. Then an old miner gave us a demonstration of slate cutting and rock splitting; very interesting. He gets 2 pence for every piece of slate he cuts and the company sells it for up to £8. Once again, a large part of the message was the independent spirit of the Welsh ...