Beautiful Wales

Trip Start May 22, 2006
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Trip End Jun 21, 2006


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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Liz:
So, this was a wonderful experience into a new country for me. I had never been to Wales & was excited to cross it off my list. I was so impressed at the first sight of it. We started our morning in Liverpool, leaving the hotel & heading to the train station. We stopped off at Boots to get some snacks & essentials like toothpaste & a hairbrush seen as how we hadn't planned on a long trip & me being the no-thinking-ahead packer that I am, had not much with me. Matt had extra shoes for when we went out, I didn't even have extra underwear (knickers for the English folk!) or socks. No worries, I bought some! Matt had researched the Wales train stops & had told me about the first one that we should go to & the others that should follow. I wasn't paying attention very well & all of a sudden saw a walled city approaching & suggested that was where we should go (I thought I had a great idea). Turns out that was the first place mentioned. The city was ancient & had one of the best preserved walls surrounding it, other examples being York & Chester.
We got off the train there in Conwy, luckily not a complicated typical Welsh word with multiple consonants throughout. It was a bit chilly, but also windy, so we kept jackets on as we roamed the city. We had fish & chips at a tiny, centuries-old building with a lovely view of the surrounding streets. We were nice and full after fish & chips with coffee(Elizabeth) and tea (Matthew) and set about to explore the city that was long ago occupied by the English to keep out the Welsh. For some strange reason they had strong opposition to the King of England putting up walls around "his" cities to keep the English inside it safe & keep the rebellious Welsh folk out. The walls are so well preserved that you can walk clear across the city to the sea and feel as though you are protecting your homeland from the enemies. I got a bit scared from time to time though, I would have been a horrible guard seen as how I cannot take the sight of the ground being further than 3 feet away from me. While strolling along, sometimes there would be a wall next to you on the outside bit off wall, but usually just a drop off on the inside. I must say, my knees were getting a bit wobbly! But I survived and marched onward.
We made our way to the Conwy castle. It was built by Edward I. (Edward the Longshanks for those of you that remember Braveheart which we will get to later!!!) Some bits of the castle, such as the King's Chamber showed where the fireplaces would be, not quite enough heat I would think, but they didn't know what they were missing I suppose. Other obvious parts were the toilet, or a hole now covered with a grate that simply allowed waste to end up in the garden outside the castle, don't suppose anybody attacked from that side. The slits in the walls where arrows would be shot through to defend the castle were numerous as well as the 8 guard towers so that all areas of the castle were well defended. Well, Matt, as usual took tons of photos to describe our words better.
We headed back quite late & got back into Liverpool after everything was closed, which was 6:00PM & so we concluded our night with a trip to the movies. We followed the crowd & have now seen the DaVinci Code. It was good to watch, but the book was better. I hope the pictures to justice to the city, because it was one of the most wonderful cities in the UK & there is a lot of competition.
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odacoach
odacoach on

From Sedona, Arizona
Wow, the castle must have been really neat, especially knowing Matt, I bet Matt was running around like a little kid. We miss ya'll...love Mom and Dad

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