Monday, 3 August 2009

Croeso i Gymru......

As MWM and I are not having a holiday abroad this year, due to saving up for our Carribean Cruise in January next year, we decided to revisit a place we haven't seen for approximately 28 years! You may remember I blogged about what a lasting memory this place gave us and the boys some time back, you can read about it here and see the photos from way back then.

We booked the Angorfa B&B in the centre of Abersoch and MWM planned the route as we decided to drive there again, the only difference being I offered to drive some of the way this time, I couldn't drive the last time we visited.

We set off around 9.30am with MWM driving the first leg as we had to go on the motorway - I don't 'do' motorways! The rain was lashing down until we came off the motorway and actually saw the sign telling us we were in Wales.

I've done a little slide show to show you where we stopped for our picnic lunch, which we ate in the car because although the rain had stopped it was overcast and very windy.

After lunch I took over the driving all the way to Abersoch. The scenery is just like the slide show above and the traffic was very light so I was able to enjoy it as well even though I was driving.

The traffic built up as went through Porthmadog and almost came to a standstill on the road over the Glaslyn Estuary into Porthmadog. This used to be a toll road until March 2003. MWM took the following picture as we were 'crawling' into Porthmadog.

The Ffestiniog Railway is a big tourist attraction in Porthmadog and I'll tell you more about that in my next post, as you know we're big railway fans so couldn't miss out on the chance to go on this famous railway.

The next town we went through was Criccieth where we enjoyed a weekend in March 2003, that was when we visited Portmerrion the village used in the filming of 'The Prisoner', you can read about our visit here. We then went through Pwllheli, then Llanbedrog (where we stayed for our first experience of Abersoch) then into Abersoch itself.

We arrived around 2.15 pm, found the B&B no problem and a little car park nearby where we were able to leave the car for a small fee. The Angorfa operates a self check in system where we had to punch in a code on a little box to get the front door key, which then had to be returned to the box, our room on the top floor was open and the keys were on the bed. We knew it was an attic room with very low beams when we booked it but it promised a sea view and that's what we got.

By this time the sun was shining and it was a beautiful afternoon so after unpacking the few things we'd taken with us we headed down the street to the pub for a drink.

Actually we had a couple of drinks then went for a walk down to the harbour and the beach. I'll leave you with the photos from the rest of the afternoon. We had a great meal that first night in a Balti House, followed by a few drinks and a reasonably early night ready for the trip on thetrain the following day.


buffalodick said...

Nice photos! Sounds like an interesting country...

snowelf said...

Gorgeous! gorgeous! gorgeous!

I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before--I think it would be splendid!


Linda said...

Even though I can't pronounce any of the names of the towns, I can see how gorgeous it is there! Thanks for taking us along with you, I've always wanted to stay in a nice little B&B!

Anonymous said...

The town names are so unique and I like Linda can't pronounce them either but it is beautiful there. The slide shows were awesome. Excellent pictures and thanks for sharing your little side trip. I loved it :)

Daryl said...

What glorious countryside and the skies are exquisite ..

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

interesting places! tell us more please...

smiles, bee

tony said...

Wow! It's Beautiful! I dont know Wales very well.I must pick Your Brain when I visit myself properly.

cheshire wife said...

We live not far from the Welsh border. So some of that scenery looks quite familiar. We are planning a day trip into Wales next week. Hope the weather is as good as you had and I look forward to your next instalment.

Dr.John said...

My wife doesn't like driving on Motorways either. I don't understand why.
Since I no longer drive she takes us on the weirdest but scenic routes to avoid the expressway.
I loved your pictures. It was almost like going on the tour.

Cloudia said...

Always loved the vowels of Gymru! Trips to Bryn Athyn & LLanarch Pennsylvania.....Magical Wales!
Good pics/post, Sistah!!

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Ron said...

I just LOVE when share your traveling experiences with us!!

You have such a wonderful way of explaining everything, so it feels like I'm there!

I especially enjoyed hearing about your room in the B&B you stayed at because I use to have an attic apartment and loved it - so cozy.

As always, I so enjoy your slide shows. Whales looks awesome. Can't wait to see more!

X to m'dear!

Deb said...

Welcome Home! I love the slide shows - beautiful countryside! I have now added Wales to my list of places I must travel to someday! Glad you had a fun trip!

quilly said...

I loved the slide show! I am so excited to get to visit Wales through your eyes. I'll definitely be back for more!

bindhiya said...

Dear Akelamalu,
Thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures and wonderful trip with us..
such a beautiful place..
have a beautiful day.
♥ & ((hugs))

Elaine Denning said...

The harbour looks beautiful; a photographer's paradise. Looking forward to the next installment!

TBM said...

Lovely! I only made it to the DVLA office in Swansea. LOL! Looks like I missed a lot.

Akelamalu said...

It's a beautiful country Buff :)

B&B's can be comfortable and good value here Snowelf :)

I can't pronounce all the names either Linda but it's fun trying!

The combination of letters in Welsh are very difficult to pronounce Thom, lots of double Ls and Ws!

Oh you would just love it there Daryl, you'd wear your camera out!

More to come Bee, glad you enjoyed it.

Yes you must go Tony you're not very far away after all. :)

Oh you're a lot nearer to Wales than us Cheshire Wife, I hope the weather is kind to you when you go. :)

The scenic route is the best Dr. John. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOL

Ah, they have Welsh names in Pensylvania Cloudia?

Attic rooms are very cozy Ron, we got the hang of ducking the beams quite quickly. (wink)

I hope you get to Wales someday Deb, you won't be disappointed m'dear.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed our trip Quilly, more to come soon.

It is a beautiful country Bindi, I'm pleased you enjoyed the photos.

You would love Abersoch Laney, I'm sure your photos would put mine to shame. :)

I've never been to Swansea JAPRA but I can vouch for Abersoch. :)

Gledwood said...

O! Cymru am byth!

Gledwood said...

O wel wel! Diolch yn fawr ichi gyd nawr te!

Gledwood said...

O! Rhechain!

Gledwood said...

O wel wel!!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

*fall over thud* Your pictures are SO beautiful. You know I long to go to Wales...

Cheffie-Mom said...

The slide shows are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience with us! enJOY your day!

Spiky Zora Jones said...

akelamalu: how's awesome. I loved the slide show...I want togo to the places you've been to now.
ciao hiney. ;)

Maude Lynn said...

What a gorgeous place!

CrystalChick said...

I'm soooo glad you and hubs had a great time. Looks like a very nice place to visit.
I enjoyed the slide shows. Thanks for sharing!!
And a Caribbean cruise the beginning of next year.... AWESOME!

Susan at Stony River said...

I've been wanting to go to Wales for so long; we're so close there's really little excuse to NOT go. Your post makes me want to go even more.

Finding Pam said...

I enjoyed your virtual tour. It must be wonderful to access so many interesting and historical places.

I left you something at my blog.


Finding Pam said...

I enjoyed your virtual tour. It must be wonderful to access so many interesting and historical places.

I left you something at my blog.


Flowerpot said...

I went to Wales 40 years ago and it was beautiful then - and now. evidently!

Travis Cody said...

Looks like you had excellent weather and the scenery looks fantastic!

Akelamalu said...

Have you been leaning Welsh also Gleds? LOL

I hope you get to Wales Julia, you would love it!

So glad you enjoyed our trip CheffieMom :)

I wish I could take you with me Spiky :)

It truly is MamaZen! :)

Thanks Crystalchick and I am so looking forward to the cruise! ;)

Oh you must go Susan you would love it!

Of course you don't need to go very far to see history in England Pam - the country is very small and full of it!

You live in such a beautiful part of the country Flowerpot I'm surprised you ever go anywhere else! :)

The weather and the scenery were beautiful Trav :)

Raven said...

Wow! Looks like a wonderful trip. Missed you at Wordzzles but travel is better.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Raven x

Mimi Lenox said...

Just beautiful!
And an attic room sounds mysterious and cozy.

Mimi Lenox said...

P.S. What a beautiful picture of you.

Akelamalu said...

It was very cozy Mimi :) A beautiful picture of me? Where? :0

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