Wales was pretty cool. My favourite pics are up on flickr, but here’s a few of them:
Boats at Caernarfon
Caernarfon Castle by night.
Sunset at Caernarfon
The obligatory travelling sock picture, taken at the Northern Hemisphere’s longest place name, woo (Regia bamboo, before anyone asks. I left the pattern at home, winged it, it’s too big so I’m starting again. But at least it gave me something to do on the bus).
General impressions of Wales:
- More rural than I expected (I’d heard the jokes, but there really are sheep everywhere!) with lots of wilderness, a lot like NZ in many places but smaller – smaller mountains, smaller waterfalls, etc
- Hay-on-Wye was closed! If you don’t know about Hay-on-Wye, it’s a village full of bookshops – ie book Mecca. But for some reason our tour stopped there from 9:30-10:30 on a Sunday morning, in the middle of Bank Holiday weekend. Nothing was open.
- People in North Wales who weren’t associated with the tourist industry spoke Welsh ALL the time, even to us. So weird but cool!
- Stayed in a great B&B within the Caernarfon town walls, only now I can’t remember what it was called! They served a full Welsh vegetarian breakfast – mmmm!
- Came second in a pub quiz to the home team, also managed to get a spot prize for answering “bacon” as the missing ingredient of carbonara sauce, thus getting offside with both the carnivores on the tour and a very drunk and angry local…
- Never, EVER go to Stratford-upon-Avon on Bank Holiday Monday (ok, that’s in England, but the bus stopped there all the same)
- Must go back to Hay-on-Wye when it’s open….