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Holiday in North Wales

At the beginning of August we took a coach holiday to North Wales for a week. Our base was  Criccieth a very quiet seaside resort on the Llyn peninsular. The theme of the trip was the Beautiful Gardens of N. Wales. During the week I took so many shots (unfortunately no masterpieces) that I was at a loss as how to frame this blog. So I have decided just to show the first full day and perhaps do some of the others later.

So it's six-forty five and I'm up and ready for the day, it's almost  a couple of hours before breakfast so I think that I shall take a walk along to the sea front and see what pics I can get. The weather? - Just my luck very dull and windy. So what pictures can I get?

The lifeboat station?

Some boats?

The castle?

The Bay

The hills in the distance?

A close up of the Jolly Dolly

Or this part of Criccieth ?


Well I've had a try but the light is awful, so it's back to the hotel for breakfast.

After a good breakfast we are now ready for our first coach trip which is to visit the house and gardens of Plas Newydd on the Isle of Anglesey.
After a pleasant journey during which we had some good views across the Menai Strait we crossed the Brittania Bridge onto Anglesey. Of course as we are on Anglesey we had to make the tourist visit to this place.

I'll let Jen pronounce it.

Wow!! What's this?  The sun's out!! But not for long.

Well it seems that Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
has only one claim to fame and that is the length of its name. So after a coffee we go on to our main destination Plas Newydd National Trust House and Gardens.

After leaving the car park the first thing that catches one's eye is this fine line of trees

And we continue down to the house,

Unfortunately photography is not allowed in the house which holds an extensive collection of work by Rex Whistler, the artist who was killed during the Second World War. This includes a huge mural with some amazing perspective effects- well worth a visit.

Outdoors the weather was still gloomy. We had a look around the gardens.

In the distance it was possible to see the Brittania Bridge over the Menai Strait so I decided to see if it was possible to find somewhere to get a better view. Between the footpath and the sea in that direction is a thick belt of trees so I had to go quite a distance along this path.

Possibly half a mile before I could find my way down to a tiny beach where I found this view.

And so back to the gardens, just pausing to take a shot of this urn.

And the stables

Before returning to the coach and the journey back to the hotel in time for dinner.

Continues on


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Date Thu, 20/08/2009 - 11:16

That Jim, is a truly wonderful blog.  Interesting narrative, supported by a selection of good pictures.  I am sorry the weather was not kinder, but hey ho!  I will look forward to your next installment.  I am sure you visited Bodnant Gardens?  You are right when you say Llanfair PG is not very interesting.  If there was forum sound I would read it for you!  I know Criccieth very well, I used to have family there, but no longer.

Well done!

Jen xx

I wish I was a Glow Worm, a Glow Worm's never glum, 'cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?

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Date Thu, 20/08/2009 - 13:27

Classic, on my door step been there seen it got the tea shirt, great job. Put an extra pc on my profile top of  Marquis Colum.



Always Remember This: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing!!!

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Date Thu, 20/08/2009 - 14:36

Great informative blog Jim- only been in the area once - had a week at Butlins Pwllheli - in 1973 - went for a drive round the peninsula one day to Caernarvon & back over the mountains to Porthmadoc!!

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Date Thu, 20/08/2009 - 17:19

Great work Jim. So glad you had a great time around here, I live just 4 miles from LlanfairPG (as we call it).

Great shots, informative narrative. A wonderful photoblog.

Next time you are in the area, pop in for a pannad (cup of tea)!!!

Great work and again, glad you had a good time. Sorry about the weather though!!


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Date Thu, 20/08/2009 - 20:40

cool love the blog only visited north wales once which is funny as i come from south wales! its a lovely place though

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Date Thu, 20/08/2009 - 21:34

grat blog jim i love north wales went to llundidno forgotten how to spell it lol the great orm is lovely. recemend it

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Date Sun, 23/08/2009 - 16:19

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Yes Jen I did go to Bodnant, but I'm still considering if it's worth the work with blogs, they get buried under the single pic ones so quickly.

James your shot from the Marquess Column is great, I wish that I'd had the opportunity to go up there.

David I had a weeks  holiday based near Llandudno about then but spent most of the time walking inland.

Steve thanks for the offer of the pannad I'd like to take you up on it. but don't think that shall get to Anglesey again soon.

Sarah. Isn't that always the way. We all prefer the exotic.

Sharon as you can see from my reply to David I had a week near Llandudno 30 odd years ago, it's a lovely area. I remember walking up the Great Orme 'cos that's what I did in those days, but I do believe that there is or was, a tram up there.

Cheers everyone

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Date Tue, 06/10/2009 - 15:20

Pleased that everthing turned out ok for you weatherwise Jim, and that you had an enjoyable day

A lovely set of photos Jim,and as usual an excellent informative narrative ..In the 70s we towed a caravan and covered that area starting at Tenby, then on to Anglesey and really enjoyed it........

Thanks for sharing


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Date Sat, 30/01/2010 - 19:46

love the name of that place


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