Caernarfon Castle and Town Walls

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Caernarfon is one of the historic centres of Wales.Just over 700 years ago, an english king chose it to be the seat of a new administration and gave it new fame as the cradle of a line of English princes. The castle and town walls built at that time, and still in large part surviving today- were successors to a Roman fortification raised more than a thousand years earlier. The first phase of the Town and Castle was in the years 1283-1292 and the second phase was in the years 1295-1323. Prince Edward of Caernarfon, who was later created the first English Prince of Wales,was born within the castle walls. It has seven towers including the King and Queen towers. they are amazing to see. Some of the walls are 15 feet thick comprising of an outer wall, passage way and then the internal wall. Safe and sound you might say. There are lots of corridors with spiral staircases leading to grand and smaller rooms. It would have been awful to find your way around . Unfortunatly most of the internal structures of the castle are no longer there, but there is enough remaining of the castle to appreciate its size.Of course old Charlie, the current Prince of Wales had his investiture there in 1969. It seems that all the male heirs to the British throne inherit the title. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the castle and the township itself. As we exited the castle there was a Welsh and Chinese dragon just outside the gate. The Welsh dragon did not do very much  (probably work place health and safety rules stopped it ) but the Chinese dragon danced to the beat of the drums and displayed its stuff in the square. Lovely to see and looked like very hard work for the performers.
Lunchtime by now but did not want to stay in Caernarfon for that. Our next stop was a visit to the railway station with the longest name in the world. Only a few km and a better place to have a bit of lunch. First the compulsary visit to the station, still very much in use today, and of course the photographs to prove that we have been there. If you can pronounce it , good on ya, we cannot even get close. Actually a lot of Welsh is spoken in Wales and seemed to be their first language again. It is taught in all the schools and is compulsary. It does not relate to english in any shape or form and sounds rather harsh.
Found a nice little pub to have lunch, lovely food served and yes, it comes with chips and the salad is extra. It did us good just the same. Time to head for home by now, stopped in a little spot called Red Wharf Bay, a lovely little bay to sit and enjoy a coffee. Luckily it was sunny as well.
Good day today, tomorrow we will drive around Anglesey Island and take in some of the sights.
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