Thursday, 6 January 2011

Wales part 1: Aber


Hello hello! Well I'm glad you enjoyed my photos of Granville! And actually, I quite like this little French ambassador title you've given me! I think it suits me quite well ;-) But back to the UK. Back to my lovely adopted country. Not totally adopted though, it's still half mine. Anyway, here's the back story.


New Year's eve is totally overrated. I know some of you agree with me, so it won't surprise you to learn that I like to avoid mass celebrations like the plague. I find them rather boring, and trying to get home in the middle of the freezing cold night is not my idea of fun. Call me boring, that's just how it is. So, in order to remedy this NYE ba-humbung-ness, we decided to reconnect with Boyfriend's roots and drive down to Wales. Aberystwyth to be more precise. Not for long, just for one night . Enough to go there, have a nice curry, the last one of 2010, and wake up with the sea as a soothing companion.


I feel there is nothing better than waking up facing the sea on the first day of the year. Saturday January 1st of 2011, I woke up and enjoyed a cup of tea watching the waves break on the beach.


Aber is a lovely little seaside town. I've never been during term-time when it must be bustling with university students, or during the summer when it's crawling with holidayers. I've only ever seen the place in the winter, and I love it that way. It's so calm, so relaxing. Not the tacky sort of seaside town, it still feels very much local, very Welsh and it's perfect that way.


As usual when going to the seaside, I revelled in my love of boats, or more precisely, taking photos of boats and their reflection in the water. So please, let me indulge one more time. I hope you enjoy this display as much as I do.






Have a lovely Thursday xx

13 comments:

Lucy said...

I had no idea Aberystwyth was so pretty(I have a real weak spot for little coloured houses)! That little table by the window just looks like heaven :)

Diane said...

Wonderful! Great photos. xxxx

mooncalf said...

It is much prettier then I imagined too!

All I know about Aberystwyth I learned from Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth novels. It's be fun to see the locations from the novels in real life...

Ali said...

I need a little sea-time. Sigh.

The Curious Cat said...

My cousin used to teach at the uni here...always wondered what it must be like...thanks! Looks grey but beautiful! xxx

Petit Filoux said...

Yeah we didn't go to Wales to get nice weather! At least we weren't disappointed ;-)

Ana said...

I was a post-grad student at Aber for a while. I remember a lovely woodland (possible the one on Penglais Hill) that is completely carpeted with bluebells in the spring. But I also remember the houses on the sea front were completely dilapidated (perhaps they've been renovated since my time there).

Simone said...

Such a lovely way for you to start the new year! Thank you for showing the boaty pictures and beach scenes. They are much appreciated. x

Nic's Notebook said...

Oh it really does look lovely!

WoollyDaze Two said...

Thank you for posting this: I spent three happy years studying in Aberystywth more years ago than I care to admit. And now I want to go back. The town described in Malcolm Pryce's books is recognisably Aber, though there was no 24-hour whelk store on the seafront in my day.

Ragged Roses said...

Happy New Year! What lovely photos, thanks for sharing. It was good to see photos of Granville too, we always meant to go there when we were on holiday at Carteret but never made it!
Kimx

Monica said...

what a great beginning of a new year!

bronwyn said...

I feel the same way about New Years Eve. Your celebration looks perfect to me. I've always wanted to visit Wales. What a lovely little town.