Monday, 10 January 2011

Wales part 2: Betws

As I mentioned in last Friday's post, we only spent one night in Aber. We then went on to spend a couple of days in Snowdonia, about an hour or so north east of Aber, in a lovely little town/ village called Betws-y-Coed.

This was our first time in Snowdonia, and we're already thinking of going back. Spring would be a perfect time to go there, when the days are a little longer and temperatures a little higher. But regardless of the daylight allowance and weather conditions, we simply fell in love with the place.

Endless stunning landscapes, mountains, hills, forests, lakes. Tons and tons of waterfalls to photograph. Oh how I enjoyed experimenting with my camera!! Such fun ;-)

The only downside to Betws is the lack of good places to eat. Admittedly, we didn't try out the more expensive places, but I guess we didn't find somewhere than served good value meals. And there's no traditional pub. Actually, scrape that, there's no pub! We only found hotel bars and a place resembling a Wetherspoon. On the other hand, we did find the nicest little pub in the nearby town of Trefriw. So if any of you has been to Betws and knows of a good pub, do let us know!

We did find the nicest b&b though. Not sure I should be telling you this, but I'm sure it's not exactly a secret! It was truly lovely, and the location couldn't have been better. Within 2min's walk of the centre, it was slightly out of the way along the river. Again, you can't beat waking up with a view of flowing water and forests. Truly inspiring. I wonder if people who live in such amazing places ever get bored of it, or even blazé...We certainly didn't.

We obviously didn't have time to do major walks or treks up the mountains, but we're looking forward to doing some one day. That and visiting all the other things that were closed due to bad weather and the time of year (Trefriw Woollen Mill and Llanberis Slate Museum, I'm talking about you here!).

So there, another little holiday over. And while all this has been happening, a new year has started. I'm not really feeling the new year vibe just yet, maybe because I didn't have much time to stop and think over the Christmas break. But I'm now ready to embrace it, be more tidy, try out recipes from my latest foodie magazines and make crafty projects from my crafty magazines. All this fresh air has given me a new lease of hope and filled me with newly found energy. Fingers crossed it lasts!!


The Curious Cat said...

I love these photos -what type of camera do you have? The robin is simply darling -I'm actually a little obsessed with robins currently - I've been painting and drawing them since Christmas and doing some fun bird art (blog to follow on that at some point I reckon). I love this photo though - so cute!!!

As for the snowdonia area - isn't it beautiful? I haven't seen much but we went to the surrounding area for my cousin's wedding a few years back. Mission to get to from where I live but gorgeous!! Do want to go back some day! xxx

Petit Filoux said...

That robin was so cute too, hung around for quite a while, it was just so tame!
Re. the camera, I treated myself to a Canon 1000D the Christmas before last - I'd still learning how to use it properly but it's brilliant! the bottom one really in the range, but rated top by Which and it's a great one to start with I found

Jill said...

What a beautiful place and lovely photos.
Jill x

Dragonfly said...

Ah, Snowdonia! I NEED to revisit, it's been too long.

Love the robin too!

Diane said...

Absolutely stunning - fabulous scenery. No wonder you fell in love with the place.

Ana said...

I love your robin photo!

Taz said...

Aaaah my part of the world before I upsticks and moved up here to Scotland :)
It is pretty isn't it?

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Great photos!
We go camping in Snowdonia every summer. It is utterly beautiful and vast place to explore.

blueberry hill said...

Nice post - we stayed here a couple of years back - a B&B with a garden railway and huge breakfasts. It's a lovely place to visit...great chip shop too!