Perfect weather for camping in Anglesey!
Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
121Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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We finally arrived in Manchester and was greeted by Will who came to pick us up. It was nice to see a familiar face. Driving to Chester, I was mostly surprised at the weather: warm and sunny, unusual for England. When we arrived at Mandy’s house, she was of course, sitting out in the backyard soaking up the wonderful sun. Will took Nikolas, Charlie and James on the bikes to the park and Mandy and I enjoyed a drink in the backyard.
A short while later, Nik and James came back without Will and said that the bikes had been stolen! I couldn't’t believe it, someone had actually cut the lock and taken the bikes! Poor James as his bike was brand new! They never did recover the bikes but a very polite Policeman came by to take their statement and said that there is a group of young teens stealing bikes and selling them most likely in Liverpool or Manchester.
The following day, we headed out for Anglesey, Wales to go camping. The drive was picture perfect with rolling green hills and sheep grazing. It was another unusually beautiful day. The boys set up their tent and we got situated with our chairs and tables. There was 5 other families in our group and soon everyone was cooking dinner on their BBQ's. This was certainly not the camping we were used to as there was bathrooms and showers, swimming pool and garbage cans! The biggest shock was the flat screen TV but the World Cup was playing so it was an absolute necessity!
We headed down to the beach and the kids were flying kites while we had a delicious cup of coffee at the Café overlooking the beach. There wasn’t one person NOT talking about how great the weather was, another beautiful sunny and warm day, even with the cool breezes from the ocean. As we were walking along the shore, I noticed a lot of signs written in both English and Welsh. I felt a bit stupid not knowing that they spoke another language in Wales, even worse, since I work with someone from Wales! So, seeing how ignorant I was, I got a lesson in geography of United Kingdom that I never knew.
The United Kingdom consists of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. However, Northern Ireland is not part of the Republic of Ireland but part of Great Britain along with Wales, Scotland and England. Hopefully, I have enlightened a few of you too!