Our Sunday morning kicked off with a trip to a fabric store for an upcoming Pinterest inspired project, we left the house at 9:30 am and didn’t return until 5. What turned out to be a simple errand evolved into an all day road trip around Northern Wales. Random I know, but it was fantastic.
Here is the map of our Sunday drive:
Our first stop was a fabric and craft shop where I snagged material for my next project. (Stay tuned.) Silly Neal left me alone for five minutes among the feathers and sequins and I couldn’t resist snapping a few secret photos:
But no peacock feathers…
From there, we headed to the coastline towards Llandundo, seeing beach side towns along the way. Should I mention at this point that the ever constant British rain was joining us for the road trip? Should I also mention that this road trip wasn’t planned (hence no camera or packed lunch)? Also, when we left it was (get this) sunny. Meaning I was in flip flops and Neal was in shorts. Both of us were not prepared for drizzling skies. Awesome.
Driving along from Llandundo (a Victorian beach town) I spotted the ruins of a castle. Yes, a castle. (Welcome to Wales, right?) I told Neal, “I want to visit a castle!” With that our drive shifted course towards the town Caernarfon, where Neal promised to see an awesome example of a castle.
Instead of Union Jacks, we saw the Welsh flag being flown…
From the beach sights, we moved into Snowdonia National Park where the views were stunning. Neal kept repeating, “Let me know when you want to stop to take pictures and I will.” Then around the corner came a quaint country church that I just had to look out. So I popped out of the car, with my flip flops and camera phone, to snag some images.
With a graveyard with headstones so old you can’t read them…
At no point during our drive were we on a motorway… simply back country roads. Just me, Neal and countless Welsh sheep. (Really, they are everywhere.) I felt that I saw very Welsh and British sights, far removed from the eyes of the typical North American tourist. We saw local cafes and shops, spotting British families on holiday and seeing the everyday life of the towns.
For the day we were away from the tablets, telephones and tv and there we were… in a car seeing the sights and spending time together experiencing something brand new. Since I arrived in Wales in June, it was the first time we explored the new land that I am living in and I enjoyed every bit of it.