North Wales, Ty Beulah and beyond
Trip Start Jul 17, 2009
8Trip End Aug 02, 2009
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The first few days we are visiting castles and Snowdonia
At the end of every day we visit the pubs: The Valentine (pictures at a later date), the George & Dragon, The Yacht, The BrynTyrch Inn, The Highland, The Fox and Barrel... The beers are at times a familiar taste, and at other times not at all friendly - I found that a brew called "Strongbow" tasted like a combination of champagne and beer...and vinegar! But, found out later that it is a cider and not an ale at all! On the other end of the spectrum, however, are Abbot Ale, Hobgoblin, Boddington's, Worthington's, and many many, others.. Donna sometimes enjoys a Shandy (a mixture of light lager/ale... and lemonade) with me, but more often has a scotch and water. She has found a wonderful local scotch: Famous Grouse. All in all it's one discovery after another - we'll cover food on a later posting, when we have tried a bit more.
Enjoy the pictures, Regards from North Wales, Tom & Donna
First Few Days: The country side was beautiful! We had already driven about North Wales quite a bit when we had a visit from Tony and Pauline who live in Shrewsbury. They had been to Llandudno many times but never up onto the Great Orme. So, we took an excursion together, taking the tramway to the top of the mountain - the weather was rainy, windy and cold - but the trip was lots of fun, anyway! Nothing like freezing with friends! Tony & Pauline only came for the day, and headed home after a nice dinner together.
Am writing this from the Shrewsbury, England, public library - wifi connections in the UK are somewhat difficult to locate, there is a Starbucks here, but not many other public or shared wifi signals. Our last evening in Llandulas was very special, we went back to the Valentine (just a short walk form our cottage) and things were hopping - it was Friday night! We fell into a conversation with "Lenny" and two of his friends and spent the evening buying each other various beers and shooting the bull. They informed us that our cottage owner has the nickname "John The Baptist" because Ty Beulah is a former Baptist church and his name is John. The range of topics covered: politics, the future of the world, jobs, the economy and immigration - which is a very hot topic in England. Enjoy the pictures - more will be added to this blog when Donna gets a chance to move some of the details from her diary entries to the blog.
tm (and dj)