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…

Off to Portugal we go…

You never really know how things are going to pan out when travelling… especially when the trip is also the testing ground for a new relationship. Some may consider it foolish or risky, to throw two people – who’re still only getting to know each other – into a confined space, in a foreign country,…

Days Six and Seven

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside… It’s a famous, or infamous, line from a well known and cherished song, my parents know it, my grandparents used to sing it to me when I was a child (and other songs/rhymes I’ve long since forgotten all the words too), and it’s still true today….

Days Four and Five

After our day of respite we were reenergised and ready to head out once more into the ‘wilds’ of the north of England, also known as Cumbria and North Yorkshire. From Orton we headed southwest to Sedberg and then east along the Wensley Dale – infamous for hardy sheep, cheese, and Wallace & Gromit –…

Kings Lynn to Ely

Exhaustion is definitely starting to take hold, not because the days are so terribly long or arduous, but because there’s been so many of them. Three and a half weeks of nearly constantly moving (other than the couple of days in Oban and Hutton where we still travelled but stayed in the same digs overnight)…

Hutton to Hull to Kings Lynn

Wow, what can be said? It’s been a whirlwind couple of days, and as I’m now drinking a glass of Mulled Wine after a three hours of constant driving I’m not entirely sure I can a lot at all. Hutton, as you can expect, is a beautiful spot, the village is ‘the’ quintessential Yorkshire village…

Hutton le Hole Again

No matter how well you can plan out a day’s itinerary, some days leave you with your jaw hanging. Not because they’ve gone so terribly awry, but because they haven’t, despite the weather’s best intentions and how strong the will to just not bother becomes. Today was one of those days. We woke with the…