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Harlech Castle: Medieval Adventures! {Travel Tuesday}

Hello my little love bugs!  Remember last Friday when I mentioned that we were heading out to yet another Welsh castle this past weekend? Well, the our day out was really the last adventure of the summer from castle exploring to beach time, ice cream and yes, fish & chips.  But let me tell you, we stood on the beach and I felt cold. And that was the moment I knew that the summer has come and gone. Alas.  Bring on soup season, pumpkin flavored everything and cozy sweaters. But, that’s for another post. Today, I want to share with you our last adventure of the summer out to Harlech Castle in North Wales.

Earlier this summer we too our nephew Kelly for a day out at another castle.  You see, our Christmas gift last year was two days out at castles of his choice.  Gets us out and about sharing experiences, and is a fun way to share our adventure loving ways. {Bawhaha!} Now, just so you know Harlech Castle was built in the 12th century and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. {Not bad for a castle by the sea in Wales, right?}

Whenever we visit old medieval castles, I am always impressed by the level of detail and accuracy it took to be built.   The scale is incredible and pretty humbling, and it reminds me of how inventive craftsmen were back oh, 800+ years.

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This castle also boasted amazing views from the top.  Just check out the sea!

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I spotted this bright orange cat milling around the castle, and I wondered if he was a little mascot just hanging out.

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Can you spy the fireplace? Neal and I love trying to guess what rooms were what as we piece together the old castles. Harlech Castle Wales_5957Harlech Castle Wales_5978

Neal and Kelly striking a pose from high above on the castle walls. Harlech Castle_6019

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Another stunning view of the Welsh countryside.  Anyone want to come visit now?

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It was a fun way to end the summer: a day exploring a medieval castle plus a bit of a beach adventure after ending with fish and chips. {Nom nom nom!!}  As we sat down on the couch later for dinner, I told Neal that I was exhausted but at least we did something to feel exhausted.  You know what I mean? When you have a lazy Sunday but don’t really do anything, and then feel exhausted? Ah, sigh.

Now before we all begin to travel around the world virtually, I would like to introduce you to Kate of Diaries of an Essex Girl. Take it away Kate!

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I am a twenty two year old British girl traveling Europe, currently residing in Frankfurt, Germany. Since April 2012 I have lived in Amsterdam, on a Greek island called Zakynthos and in Versailles (close to Paris). Traveling is one of my greatest passions and one of the best decisions I ever made. I am a health and fitness enthusiast after losing 40lbs through diet and exercise, I began my blog to share this information with others, who knew I’d end up loving it so much and meeting some really interesting people along the way!

Guys, I met Kate a few weeks ago, through the Travel Tuesday linkup, and let me tell you…she is lovely.  A Brit writing about  living in Germany, she has some amazing stories to tell… like what she loved about living in France or how to pull yourself from a funk.   And you will never guess who her fitness inspiration is.  {I’ll give you a hint: “May the odds be ever in your favor.”} To top it all off, Kate has just changed to a brand spankin’ brand with a whole new look. {Formerly her blog was Fat to Fit Geek!}

Kate, if you could move anywhere, where would you go and why?  Australia! I am dying to go there but the visa is quite expensive (you need $5000 AUS dollars for a visa) and I haven’t been in a position to save for it yet. I just love the idea of living close to a beach, socialising always being around a BBQ and OUTSIDE! Winter being 20 degrees (Most of Europe’s idea of summer) and Christmas in the scorching heat!

Okay, I will admit it… Australia is on my dream list too! {I am dying to meet a koala bear first hand.}  Now, make sure to hop on over and meet this travel loving lady Kate!

Happy Travel Tuesday everyone!

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  • I definitely want to go visit! Lovely!! Don’t see the link up?

    • Thanks for the catch Tina! It’s up and running now! 🙂

  • I love those types of presents and were the top of my giving list back home!

    • So fun, right? We are doing that again next year. He gets a pretty good deal breakfast at McDonald’s, a day out with out his little sisters plus fish and chips. Win-win-win! I tried to add a few more details after our chat yesterday, hope it told the story of our visit! 😉

  • Dee

    Gorgeous pics. I’ve always wanted to see a real castle!

    • I am soooo lucky to have wonderful sites so close to home. A big perk of living in Wales for sure!

  • Hi! Thanks for hosting with Bonnie again. I am a castles/churches/stately homes fiend too.

    • Oh I love them! It’s when all of our memberships (CADW and National Trust pay off) Thanks for linking up!

  • Ginger kitty! Oh, he looks like he needs a big cuddle! Haha, sorry, any small animals totally distract me from the actual point to my comments 😉

    Craftsmen certainly were creative back in the day, you never see buildings like this anymore and I think there’s something to be said for the simplicity behind them (e.g. little concern for a specific design, just practical).
    Wales looks better and better every time you post pictures, wondering if I can cram in a cheeky visit when I’m in Swindon for Christmas…

    Thanks for my feature post, I LOVE IT 🙂 Glad to be gracing your post today!

  • Belinda, if you keep posting such beautiful pictures, you’re going to have a houseguest pretty soon! I love old castles and also like to imagine what the rooms would have been used for when the castles were inhabited. Lovely post!

    • Come on over!! 🙂

      Anytime I visit an old castle like this one, I try to imagine what life was like…the food they ate, the weather, the clothes. Poor Neal has to put up with it all. 😉

  • I think that’s such an amazing Christmas gift for your nephew. An experience rather than a thing- I love it. And this castle is gorgeous! xx

    • We thought it would be fun to do experiences with him, rather than more stuff. And it’s fun (I think) for him too! Gets his own day out without little sisters, plus fish and chips. Can’t go wrong there! Thanks for joining the linkup!

  • Letitia – The Editor

    Love this! So beautiful!

  • That’s quite a castle! I didn’t realise how big it was til that photo of Niel up on the wall… wow. Must have been fun to wander around! 🙂

    • It is a large castle for sure! I love all of the stonework, the detail… it’s over 800 years old and still standing! Impressive!

  • Nino van Vuuren

    How cool is that ‘hidden’ fireplace! I love your game of guessing which rooms were where, I think I would probably play the same game if I went castle exploring…

    (I see my thumbnail did not load at all, I am going to try again. Please just delete the one without the thumbnail. Stupid slow internet in South Africa, arggg.)

  • Robert Hill

    Hi, Belinda. Just wanted to say thanks for setting up these Travel Tuesdays link-ups. I’ve never participated before but I’ve just been looking through all the ‘linkee’s’ blogs and have found some I love and will definitely be following from now on. A great idea so thanks so much! R

    • Hi Robert!

      I am so glad that you found the Travel Tuesday linkup!! It’s such a fun way to connect travel loving bloggers all around the world with different adventures. Glad to have you here!

  • That little ginger cat is such a gem! I love how the clouds make the castle look even more rugged and imposing. Thanks for hosting 🙂

    • Hi Amy! Thanks for joining! I loved the little ginger cat, such a sweet jelly bean! And the skies gave an amazin backdrop to the castle, it was a fun visit!

  • Sarah Beth

    Um, I’ll come and visit!! 🙂 Looks like you guys had an amazing time!
    xx

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  • Chantal

    I loooove castles. It still boggles my mind that people LIVED in places like this. So cool!! *history nerd*

    • I am a full on history nerd too! I love learning all about this new culture and history, it’s fantastic…

  • haha your fireplace comment made me remember – there’s a castle near where Jon’s family lives called Orford Castle, and the first time they took me there we redecorated! It’s totally bare, obviously, because it hasn’t been lived in for centuries, but Jon’s sister and mum wandered around going, “This will be the master bedroom, and that can be Ellie’s room, and we’ll hang a tapestry there to soften the wall, and…”

    love it 🙂

    • So great! I play that game all the time with Neal… it’s fun to use imagination a bit and try to put together what life would have been like in these massive stone castles!! It is such a fantastic part of living here in Wales! 😉

  • Getaway Brigade

    I really enjoyed these photos, Belinda! There’s so much history here and it’s fun to imagine what it must have been like to live in the castle all those years ago.

    • Thank you for saying that! I love photographing spots like this one to share with my readers, I am glad that the photos tell the story of our visit! 🙂

  • This looks similar to a castle I went to in the countryside of England. So beautiful. My husband and I just went to a fortress here in Korea that is a World Heritage Site as well. (I didn’t even know such things existed until last weekend.)

    • Wow wow! A fortress in Korea, that is a World Heritage Site? I would be super interested in reading about you adventure!! Will you be blogging about that soon? I hope so!!

      • I would love for you to read it- it’s on the blog now!

  • kcsaling

    Such a beautiful castle! And what a great gift for your nephew! He looks like he had a great time and built a treasured memory.

    • We had tons of fun taking him out for the day… We even asked him if that would be okay for this upcoming Christmas, he liked the idea! Bring on adventures and memories, so much fun for us.

  • Madi

    I’m demanding that you mail me a castle RIGHT NOW! Or let me come stay with you! Hah! 🙂 I want to visit Europe again so bad! It looks like the perfect way to spend a weekend, that’s for sure!

    • I will get on mailing you a castle tomorrow… fingers crossed! 😉 I am beyond lucky to have these amazing sites all within 1-2 hours from home. I love sharing them here, that’s half the fun for me!

  • Meredith

    So beautiful! Your posts make me want to make a return journey to Wales – it’s been too long! It looks like you guys had such a great end-of-summer adventure 🙂
    Thanks for hosting the linkup as well – I’m a newbie, but so far it’s been such fun!

    • Thank you for joining us for this week’s linkup! It’s so fun to travel through other bloggers, right?

      Each adventure has me falling more in love with Wales, it is such a beautiful spot for sure!

  • I love all of your castle posts! I am obsessed with castles! The view from this castle is amazing, I totally want to visit!

    • I love reaching the top, the views are always so beautiful but this one may have had the best view so far! 😉

  • Hurrah for the ginger cat!

    I love the pictures as I really enjoy going round castles and old ruins. Love the views!

    • Hurrah for the sweet ginger cat indeed! We love visiting old castles and exploring, and this castle had some pretty outstanding views. Dying!

  • It’s amazing. When I was in the UK, I was all meh castles shmastles. Now that I’m in France we drive around and I’m like “Castle!” like an excited puppy any time I spy a bit of rubble. I’ve never been to Wales (second time today I hang my head in shame, earlier one was on Tina from Girl Meets Globe’s post on The Lake District) and it looks like you’re really making the most of it! That’s one hell of a castle. Loves it.

    • “Like an excited puppy” I love that! I am like that with castles and churches…. Neal is now used to stopping whenever I shout! 😉

  • Meesh

    You live the adventure I wish I lived. Such a fun blog post friend!

    • Hi Meesh!!! So good to hear from you! Thanks for leaving a comment, and enjoying our adventures! Heading back to Seattle for Battle in Dec, plus a bit in Portland! We will have to cross paths when we are back in the States! 🙂

  • I just love castles, and this one looks great! You make me want to re-visit Wales!

  • Hi Belinda,
    Wow, this castle really looks old! But it has such dignity and grace. I can just imagine how grand it was during its heyday. (I love ruins and imagining how they were once upon a time:) Lovely photos.
    The summer flew by so quick, isn’t it? Nice to see that you ended it in a fun way. I’m about to leave for my anniversary trip – it will be a good summer-fall transition:)

  • Maddy

    I can confirm that is Castle Cat – also known as Tracy, apparently – and can always be found in the castle or around the town! Harlech is a great castle – some weekends in the summer, a local group can be found in there, doing medieval re-enactment and fighting with swords, a great show for all the family (I’m biased but it’s true!).

  • Anna // missjersey

    I simply adore Wales! I’ve never been to Harlech castle, but as I want to see all the iron ring castles in north Wales, I suspect I might see it eventually! Can I just say, as a newbie reader, you are so lucky living in Wales. It is such a beautiful country. I have spent about a quarter of my life there, and even now the longest I go between visits is three months. 🙂