Having just returned from a wonderful weekend in Wales, I couldn’t wait to share a few pictures from our weekend break visiting the stunning Conwy Castle and picturesque Welsh coastline. To celebrate mothers birthday and our first wedding anniversary, we planned a weekend break of sea air, coastal walks, joyous laughs, great food and relaxation.
Staycation: As I mentioned in my previous post ‘Happy Places Across Britian’, holidaying here on home soil was found to be the preferred way to travel for many people. For me, having the option to be relaxing on the coast in under 2hours without having to take a flight has an obvious appeal, that’s not to say I don’t enjoy trips to far away lands just as much. The flexibility of being able to plan ad hoc mini breaks with all the family in such beautiful surroundings without worrying about catching flights or packing suitcases is a real blessing.
Accommodation: We rented a pretty pastel blue house on the seafront in Llanfairfechan, Conwy- North Wales with views all the way to the horizon– heavenly. As a family we love home cooked food so more often than not opt for self-catering accommodation as it allows us to enjoy homemade feasts and feels like more of a home-from-home. We arrived after work on Friday night ready for some serious relaxation.
Coastal walks: Following a leisurely brunch on Saturday morning we took a walk along the seafront taking in the dramatic skies. The sea air is always a welcome change from the smog of the city. Despite the looming clouds the weather was surprisingly warm and stayed dry all day– phew. Llanfairfechan is a small seaside town in Conwy, the seafront is lined with pretty houses, I was particularly taken by this lovely white picket fence with hydrangeas turning colour before they say goodbye for winter.
Lunch: Just a short drive from where we were staying was the famous Conwy Castle. We headed to the Conwy Castle via the Erskine Arms for a rather satisfying spot of lunch. The menu at the Erskine Arms had a great selection of locally sourced ingredients and catered to our various dietary requirements, the ambience was very relaxed and the food and service were excellent.
Conwy castle: Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Today you’ll find an impressive castle, which is surprisingly well intact for its age. You can walk the walls of the castle and climb each of the eight towers, look in the dungeons and learn of how life was back then. The views from the towers are every bit as impressive as the castle itself.
After an amble around the antique shops in Conwy we headed back to our home away from home to eat a homemade curry, watch films and eat cake to celebrate mothers birthday. Mr T and I took a little walk out to catch the sunset and enjoy the peaceful evening air, what a perfect way to end the day.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky” -Rabindranath Tagore