Postcards from North Wales

North Wales Castles

It rained in Welshpool, it rained in Newtown, it rained in Llangurig and it rained in Aberystwyth when we reached the coast and the road swung south towards our destination.  To our right the sea was grey and uninviting, lashed with spiteful squalls of stinging rain as wave after wave of dark clouds swept in from the Irish Sea and it was about now that I was forced to concede that we probably wouldn’t be having a barbeque this evening.

The road took us through the Georgian fishing port of Aberaeron which has a High Street and a harbour flanked by gaily coloured houses in a Mediterranean sort of way but even the pretty hues of the elegant buildings could do nothing to lift the gloom of the grey sky as great slabs of misery assaulted them continuously and robbed them of their natural vibrancy and leached them of their colour.

Welsh Island RailwayPortmerion WalesLlechwedd Slate CavernLlandudno North Wales

I have mentioned before that when I was younger and before cheap air flights holidays alternated between Norfolk on the east coast, Cornwall and Devon in the south west and occasionally Wales.

I seem to remember that we weren’t that keen on Wales because it always seemed to rain but in 1971 dad came across the Plas Panteidal Holiday Village near Aberdyfi (it was called Aberdovey then and Tywyn was Towyn) and we travelled there some time during the summer for our annual holiday.

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18 responses to “Postcards from North Wales

  1. I used to go to Wales a lot and it rarely rained. Luck of the draw I suppose.

    I see you found Portmeirion. I came across it by accident (there used to be a coastal path). A most unusual place.

    I hope the weather improves. 🙂

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  2. It’s raining here in Wales today, first time for weeks!

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  3. I love the top one here – the mountain and train make magic 🙂

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  4. Beautifully described but you’ve giving me a mental mapping conflict. Surely if you were heading there south from Aberystwyth then wouldn’t the grey and uninviting sea be to your right?

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  5. We spent the first May Bank Holiday in North Wales – guess what, it never stopped raining.

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  6. Since all I know of Wales are tales (usually fantastic tales), the rainy weather suits my imagination. If I travel there and get rained on, I’ll likely think it is exactly what is to be expected.

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  7. Raining here as well. Too bad your timing worked against you weather-wise. Pretty postcards, though. 🙂

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  8. Story of my trip to Kerry in Eire. Five days incessanr rain from which the only relief was having Irish Coffees in Kate;s house by the turf fire!
    Boy, were they strong.

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  9. I’ll be going to Wales in July with my two granddaughters and I’ve told them to pack raincoats although they don’t quite believe me!

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