The Gwydyr Hotel
Travel Blogs from Betws-y-Coed
... looks like a castle/Hogwarts.
The upcoming week will just be orientation activities and
getting to know the English department. I am still unaware how many people are
going to be in the Arthurian program but have been told it could be between
4-12 students. I won't officially start classes until next week. I am absolutely
ready to get back into the swing of things. If life isn't too crazy I am going
to try and get a library job ...
With our group of study abroad students, we took a day trip to Conwy. Conwy is a medieval walled town in North Wales. On our way to the castle, there was a tent set up for an organization which rehabbed owls and falcons. We had the chance to pet the owls and Amanda got to hold a young baby owl. We explored the Conwy Castle which was built from 1283-1289. There were amazing views and we had ...
... interesting boats on the mud flats in the bay. They all have dual keels so they sit on the mud when the tide goes out.
returned to Caernarfon via Llanfair PG, or the full version, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll llantysiliogogogoch, longest place name in the world until the New Zealanders, made up a longer Maori one. Took photos at the railway station of the original ...
... that had been mined, then via a cable railway deep underground about 500 ft to another area slate had been mined since 1836. We had to wear hard hats and all, very glamourous.
the display and audio story tells of a small boy who joins his father and uncle to work in the mine at the age of 12. Most miners died by their early 40's as it was a dirty very dusty hard life. The slate tiles made here were exported to Australia and many of the ...
... travelling together.
We were all very quiet to begin with but warmed up to each other as time went on. After a short toilet and coffee stop our first destination was Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth and death place of Shakespeare. Here I visited Shakespeare's grave and had a look in a couple tourist stores.
Next was Pontcysyllte aqueduct and Trevor basin. A really high man made canal built above a river. We then went ...