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Llandudno and Conwy Castle

Llandudno and Conwy Castle

Llandudno is a scenic seaside town to the North of Conwy with many Victorian buildings. To get to there, we walked to the Conwy visitor center and jumped on the double decker tour bus. It was a fine day, with a few clouds and about 20 degrees Celsius. We got off the bus when we … Continue reading

Caernarfon – Monday July 2, 2007

Caernarfon – Monday July 2, 2007

Caernarfon is another medieval walled town with an imposing castle, also built by King Edward at about the same time as Conwy in the 1280’s. The castle was quite a work of defensive engineering with numerous arrow slits, towers, portcullises and murder holes. One of the rooms inside one of the castle towers was set … Continue reading

Conwy – Sunday July 1, 2007

Conwy – Sunday July 1, 2007

Conwy is a medieval walled town in North Wales. At the eastern edge of the town near the river is Conwy Castle. Its an impressive 13th century bastion built for King Edward the 1st. The walls surrounding the town are essentially a large triangle shape that run along the river, south west for 450 M … Continue reading

Blaenavon – Thursday June 28, 2007

Blaenavon – Thursday June 28, 2007

Today we visited the Big Pit Coal mine and Iron Works in Blaenavon. We visited the mine first and the underground tour was guided by a former miner named ‘Bill’ with an unmistakable Welsh accent. We had to wear hard hats along with a heavy belt which carried a battery for the torch (or flashlight … Continue reading

Llanthony – Wednesday June 27, 2007

Llanthony – Wednesday June 27, 2007

We left the cottage after lunch with our rain gear on because it was intermittent rain. We walked down to Llanthony Priory just a short distance from the cottage. The Priory dates from the 11th century. It had huge arches at the transcept and in places it was reinforced with brick as there was huge … Continue reading

Bannockburn – Sunday June 24th, 2007

Bannockburn – Sunday June 24th, 2007

Today was the day we went to the Battle of Bannockburn reenactment . The original battle, fought in 1314 gave the Scots under Robert the Bruce independence from England. The reenactment was held at the Bannockburn Heritage Center not far from Stirling. We arrived about 11:00 AM and we had to park in a farmers … Continue reading

Stirling –  Saturday June 23, 2007

Stirling – Saturday June 23, 2007

Our accommodations in Stirling was the Munro Guest House. It was a very good B&B not far from Stirling Castle. The weather was intermittent rain all day. We orginally planned to go to the reenactment of the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) but decided instead to go to the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. The Wallace … Continue reading

York –  Friday June 22nd, 2007

York – Friday June 22nd, 2007

We got up at 8:00 AM and had breakfast of hashbrowns, blood pudding, eggs and bacon. We then walked the few blocks to the Jorvik Viking Museum. It was impressive and well worth the visit. This museum has an automated tour in the first section where you ride a chair similar to a ski lift … Continue reading