Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Caernarfon

Another "first" this weekend for me was a stay in a hostel.  Our group all stayed in Caernarfon at Totters Independent Hostel which was a bit of a revelation for me!  Being a hostel the price was very low however it was spotlessly clean and in a fantastic position - this was the view from our room.


 It had a great room for socialising in, and the basement housed a fantastic kitchen  and breakfast table where you could either cook your own food or make toast or cereals, tea and coffee that were provided free of charge.
 Our room was a private double room (with a single bed with a pull out bed for 2 children) and was en suite.  It was exceptionally spacious and really really comfortable.  I would stay here again in this room like a shot.
 After our walk shrouded in mist on Saturday, Sunday was a crystal clear day- perfect for exploring this beautiful little town.
 My friend has lived here abouts since she moved away to university and she gave us a wonderful and very in depth tour of the town and the castle.  She pointed out all the things we would have normally missed and brought the ancient parts really to life with her knowledge - and humour!













It certainly made us want to go back and explore further.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Love on a mountain top!

When we first joined our walking group, they casually mentioned that they had an annual jaunt to Caernarfon to climb Mount Snowdon.  I thought that sounded a grand weekend.  Our leaders sister is one of my old school friends and lives in Caernarfon so I thought that whilst hubby walked the mountain, I could catch up with my pal and she would show me the town and we all might have a jolly time.


 But somehow, and I still don't really know it happened, I was conned into participating in the climb.
 So that is how a week after my 55th birthday, I found myself climbing my first mountain!!!!

 We climbed up taking the Miners Track which had a decent path for most of the way, but had 2 or 3 worring places where I had to literally "climb" and scramble - I wasn't overly keen on these bits, but with a bit of pushing from behind, and pulling from above, I made it!





 It was a truly tremendous feeling to reach the summit
 And I was amazed to find these chaps who had walked up earlier, and were now changing into best bib and tucker - awaiting the bride to be and the rest of the bridal party to arrive on the train.
 Here she is!!  What an amazing place to tie the knot!   I sat and watched the ceremony.
 The view from the top is stunning ....... I am told, but on Saturday, we could only see a few yards!!  Such a shame.  The walking group say I have to keep climbing until I get the view!!
 And then it was time to descend - down Llanberis path.  Whilst this was a better path, it really tested my short legs!



It's amazing what you can achieve when others have more faith in you than you do yourself!!!  Joining the walking group has been a great move for us this year.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


























We had a full day to kill in Portsmouth before we sailed across to France in August.  Hubby had decided that the Historic Dockyard looked like a full day - and it was.  We enjoyed looking around all the ships especially the Victory and the restoration of the Mary Rose (and all the amazing relics that the underwater archaeologists had uncovered). We also loved sailing around the modern day Navy vessels that were in port - some being de-commisioned, others having re-fits. All in all a very interesting place to explore.  The last 2 photo's were taken as we sailed out of Portsmouth, before we bedded down for the night for the crossing.