Conwy Castle

Trip Start May 22, 2009
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Trip End Feb 16, 2010


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Today was a puttery day around Conway.  Big shocker when we went to book our 2nd night at the campground and the price had gone up 7 pounds (about $34 for the night as opposed to $20).  Seems that Fri/Sat/Sun are their ‘peak’ times, so they charge ‘peak’ prices.  But right after paying through the nose, we were stopped by some interesting chaps from Scotland and had a nice chat to forget our woes.  They talked up Dublin quite a bit, so we’re looking forward to crossing over. 

Zooming down the hill was not a problem, but locking up the bikes and finding a place to store our bags took a considerable amount of time.  Eventually we got to the castle much later than we had planned. 

This was the amazing fortress we saw across the river yesterday, built around 1285 by Kin Edward I during his stint of sieging Wales when he built, I think, 17 castles in all.      It was quite well intact and we explored numerous towers, the chapel and the King’s private chambers.  Walking atop walls almost 4 meters thick, spiral stairs going up 4-5 stories, deep dungeons built a cellar lower than the other floors.

The castle was build simultaneously with a wall surrounding the city.  This was also well preserved and we walked almost the whole circumference.  There is one small area torn down for the modern roadway, and another small area un-walkable by the train-tracks. Walking high over the roof tops gave us a unique perspective of the city. 

Wandering the streets we found some wonderful Cornish pasties to lunch on, as well as some English cheeses for dinner (Stilton, Cheshire, and Welsh Cheddar). 

Managed to get up the tremendous hill without stopping today (probably because there was no gear on our bikes).  Apparently the peak season is here as the campground is about 4X fuller than it was this morning!  This type of camping is taking some getting used to for us as we’re used to remote and quite, not a mini-city in a field.  It was also the first night that the campground pub was open for the year (pub in a campground?).  Since Brian can’t resist a pulled English pint off we went.  Had some great conversation with our neighbors sitting cozy out of the rain.  It’s interesting to note how different word choices and inflection enhance the language.  It’s very ‘sing-songy’, and do they ever love to tell a story!

Back to the rainy tent to enjoy our wine and cheese while ducking under our wet laundry.  The crowded campers are blasting Michael Jackson songs wherever we turn…
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