Welsh Castles and Mountain Walks

Trip Start Jan 13, 2011
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Trip End Jul 05, 2011


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mom's godmother, Jean King, picked the three of us up from the Liverpool airport on Friday morning, after an "interesting" flight with RyanAir. Let's just say that when four or five stag parties start the festivities on board a plane, the cabin sounds like a college common room and the flight attendants get cranky, especially when they get wolf-whistled during the safety speech.  (Mom was seized by a fit of the giggles at this point.)

But we survived and were very glad to see Jean, a friend of Gran's from many years ago.  Jean lives in a beautiful, very English row-house: red brick, with a small but abundant garden in the back. 

Willaston is quite near to the Welsh border and over the last few days Jean's been leading us through some lovely walking trails on the north coast of Wales

Conwy was our first stop - a port city with an imposing castle and narrow, cobblestoned streets, and welsh dragon flags snapping in the breeze. 


We hiked up a nearby mountain with trails criss-crossing through the gorse bushes. There were beautiful views of the ocean, with sailboats just tiny white triangles far below us.  We spent the following day hiking near Cilcain (Wales), up into the fog with the sheep and the rocks.  Mom and I made it to the Jubliee Tower, which was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's 60th year of reign in 1887.  Got a bit lost on the way down... but we happened on two teenaged farmboys shearing their sheep.  It was fascinating - I know it's a different continent but it made me think of the novel Thornbirds.

I certainly hadn't expected to go to Wales this trip, so it was a lovely surprise.  Thanks, Jean!
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Bill and Doris on

June 28, 2011
Greetings Jen and Judy ----- Well, I (Doris) am now caught up on your travels once again! We got a bit behind, as we were having a few travel adventures of our own over the past few weeks. Nothing spectacular, but a great trip to Vancouver to spend time with our son and other friends, then down to Washington for several days to help out the U.S. economy! {*_*} Last night we just returned from a four day trip to Rosebud, AB, where we attended their Dinner Theater that featured "Jake and the Kid", based on books by W. O. Mitchell..........great fun!

Ted on

July 3
Always keeping track of your travels and wishing I could be at your side. Love and hugs from afar!

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