Weekend Adventure: North Wales

For the past couple of weeks, two of my cousins from Michigan have been staying with us at our flat. They arrived 2 days after George and I got home from the U.S. and have been with us since the new year. During the week they have been exploring on their own, however, some of the best places in the UK can’t really be reached by public transportation. So, over the weekend we thought it would be fun to take them to one of our favorite places: Wales.

We drove up to North Wales on Friday after George got out of work and spent the night in Llandudno near the Great Orme headland. The next morning, we got up early in order to make the most of the daylight hours and caught this view of the sunrise on our way out of town.

At the gate near the entrance to the car park, we asked how long it would take to walk to the lighthouse. The woman told us it would take 20 minutes, which sounded reasonable to us.  In actuality, it took us about an hour to walk to the lighthouse. But it was a lovely walk along the beach, so we didn’t mind too much.

On our walk to the island, we also discovered the ruins of a 16th century chapel. Apparently, this was originally the site of the church of St. Dwynwen (the Welsh patron saint of lovers), who is basically the Welsh version of Saint Valentine.

George and I walked this same trail in February last year, but the snowy conditions this weekend made it seem entirely different. It was a gorgeous view, but we wanted to get even higher.

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