Have you ever gone somewhere very familiar and suddenly discovered a part of it you never knew existed? I had that happen during my pilgrim walk around Bangor, when we discovered Ogwen Trail. And it happened again, later, during a walk toward Llandudno. It started when my parents and I decided we wanted to go … Continue reading Exploring the Unknown
There is a house on our street with a laburnum tree in their garden. It’s perfect for gauging when to visit Bodnant Garden’s laburnum arch, so when we noticed it was in full bloom at the end of May we decided to go for a visit. We weren’t disappointed! We had no other plans for … Continue reading A Day at Bodnant Garden
Today I ventured out for a 6.25-mile walk around Conwy. I wasn’t sure exactly where I’d go, just that I wanted to walk at least 6 miles. So I started out on a familiar path into Conwy, down to the quay, and along the path around Bodlondeb Woods. From there, instead of turning toward home, … Continue reading Wales Coast Path: Conwy Beach
A couple years ago, I walked the beginning of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way with my brother and sister-in-law. This May, I am going to try walking most of the rest of it with my parents. We’re planning to walk between 7 and 11 miles per day for 9 days, with shorter walks on two … Continue reading Training for the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way
It snowed! In Conwy! The first snow I’ve seen here in the four years since we arrived. I woke up at 7:30 AM (which pretty much never happens on the weekend, especially in winter) and had a feeling that made me get out of bed and peek out the window. There, greeting me in the twilight, … Continue reading Snow!
Ever since we moved to North Wales my husband and I have enjoyed driving along Marine Drive, around the Great Orme in Llandudno. This year, though, we’ve decided that walking it is even better. We start by driving into Llandudno and parking somewhere near the Great Orme. There are a couple large car parks on … Continue reading Walking Marine Drive in Llandudno
It should be no surprise to my readers that I’m in love with Bodnant Garden. Somehow, though, I’ve never shared my experiences visiting the garden in autumn! We decided to take a friend there while she was visiting us. Although there was a bit of rain, it wasn’t enough to drown us and we ended … Continue reading Bodnant Garden in Autumn