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This castle was begun in 1295, on the order of King Edward I, in reaction to a Welsh rising. Although work initially progressed rapidly, funds were eventually siphoned off tp deal with troubles in Scotland, and the castle was never completed.
The design is actually amazing and relatively foolproof. Walking around and climbing on the unfinished remains gives you great insight into the planning and reasoning behind the ...
Some days, the public transport system is not all that user=friendly. Luckily, this is the exception, rather than the rule. Today, to move to Wales, we were scheduled to take 3 trains and a bus.
(We wondered at the bus part, because there IS a train station at Porthmadog. More on that later.) The first train performed well (pat pat). The second train was to get us to our connection with just 6 minutes to spare. It ended up running 18 minutes ...
... it “not for the faint-hearted”!
We also visited Aberconwy House, a 14th Century merchant's house, and spent some time walking along the quay and along the river. One of the buildings on the quay measures only 3.05m high by 1.8m wide and is the smallest house in Britain. There are 3 bridges across the river – a railway bridge, a modern road bridge and a suspension bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1826. Conwy is a very interesting ...
... around the mountain. Though one day we’d like to climb it, we did get some lovely views on the drive – even pulling over several times to let me have a look and snap some photos.
Another long winding drive got us back to our yurt, though we’ve been enjoying our audio book on sustainable food culture, so we’re not precisely sorry for the length of time in the car. A brief nap, and we were ...
Beth and I woke to a slightly cooler, but still glorious day. We had some breakfast and then decided to head to Jane Austen's house, which is beautifully preserved in the village next to Beth's. We walked through her entire house and garden, saw the desk where she used to write, the drawings that belonged her her only sister, and some items belonging to her five brothers.
We spent ...