Farewell to Caernarfon!

Well, we’re home again, for now. Today we left Caernarfon, yesterday’s trip to Caernarfon castle was a bit of a disappointment – the castle was fine, but the staff were a little on the rude side, not very friendly or helpful – so that’s why there was no post about it. We also slept in…

Choo-choo’s!

Today we were up bright and early… well, early, not so bright. Jumping in the car we then drove down to Portmeiron, for a quick sticky-beak, then back to Porthmadog to find parking for our day’s adventure: the Ffestiniog Railway. We took the ‘red’ line – it’s winter, so the blue is not running right…

3 castles, 2 explorers, 1 bridge

The best thing about travelling in winter, is the sleeping in. We’re tired, it’s been a pretty full-on year, so this holiday is really about getting some rest, seeing some sites and some sights, and generally taking it easy. So because the light levels are much lower than summer, it means I for once can…

Once upon a Christmas break…

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you all! Hope your holidays have been relaxing and joyous, ours certainly have been… other than several bouts of Norovirus. Such fun. Christmas itself was a first for me – my second Christmas in the UK, but the first with my fiancee, so it’s all been rather special. Given…

A brief interlude…

So, in other news, I’m visiting my parents in Australia at the moment, working on getting the old farm up for sale. It’s a bit of graft that I’m enjoying for the moment, but it does mean that there’ll be less travel blogging for the moment. Hang tight, won’t be long and MRT will be…

The inside of my history book

When I was in Yr7, we had a history book called Life B.C., it was a fantastic book for 10-11 year olds, great mix of fact and a bit of hands-on historical recreation. One of the things I remember most though, was the pictures. Pictures of Grecian urns, Roman columns, the Rosetta Stone, and canopic…

Wimbledon

Now, for anyone who’s wondered whether or not you can actually afford to go to the tennis, yes, you can! Just don’t be suckered into buying food at the event, it’s a massive rip off. There are plenty of M&S or the like nearby, and believe me when I say, spending 10 mins browsing there,…

From North to South in 12hrs

Ahhh, intrepid readers, welcome back! When last we spoke it was from the sometimes-sunny and dizzyingly wet climes of Scotland, specifically, downtown Dumbarton. That’s a long way north of where this post comes from, as about 430 miles further north. Yes, folks, we’re in London! This morning we set off from our cozy and warm…

Southward bound

Up bright and early, the car mostly packed from the night before only needed the last few bits and pieces tossing in, and we were off! The Bothy has been wonderful, a comfy bed, a brilliant little kitchen with everything you could want or need, and a spacious living/dining area that easily accommodated every occasion….

Beaches

How many do you think there are within 10 minutes of Fionnphort? Answer: more than you’d imagine. We started the day with a quick drive to Kintra, just north of Fionnphort on the ‘finger’ of Mull. There’s a nice little cove there, not exactly ‘pretty’ or ‘beachy’, but certainly worth exploring if you get the…

Treshnish and Lunga

Many, many moons ago, back when my reading days revolved around the works of Enid Blyton and her Adventure series (probably a series that sparked the urge within me to see more of the world at large), one such story stuck in my mind; The Sea of Adventure. The tale goes on to tell the…

Duart Castle

Up bright and early today, onto the road and heading east along the A849, past Bunessan and Pennygael before bearing right roughly a mile and a half before reaching Craignure. Once we’d turned off, the pace felt a little less harried, and with considerably less traffic – fewer cars, tractors and buses that make the…