Exploring Anglesey Wales and Caernarfon

Exploring Anglesey Wales and Caernarfon

We had a great night last night at the South Stack Hotel, and then we walked to town. On the way we spied the old Fort that had been turned into a church.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 1 Holyhead

Next it was over the footbridge to get the car from Hertz at Holyhead.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 2 Holyhead

Once we had the car, we were set to go.  The cleaner at the hotel was dead set we visit South Stack, so off we went in our little Fiat 500.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 3 Hertz Car rental – our Fiat 500

We found the hut circles dating back to 500 BC on the way, and had fun working out how they would have looked, and which ones would be used for what.

When we arrived at South Stack we knew we were in for a great view. It was lovely as Explorason dashed around picking me pink, white and purple flowers – come to think of it, we were not too sure after he did this, if it was actually permitted.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 4 South Stack
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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 5 South Stack

There is Ellis Tower, and inside is free bird watching, which my son really enjoyed.

The view is magnificent. The lighthouse was closed, but hunger overtook, and we headed to the cafe.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 6 Ellis Tower
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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 6 Ellis Tower

We had to try Welsh Rarebit – cheese on toast with some secret sauces and spices. I loved it but too spicy for my boy.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 7 Lunch at the South Stack cafe

Next we drove around the coast to a bay, and then we decided to try some back roads. We saw gorgeous lambs of all colours, and we hd a great time taking photographs.  Then we spied a sign to a windmill, and decided to head there.  Little did we know friends from Australia were actually stain nearby, and had stopped to take a photo at the same yellow field the day prior.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 8 on route to Melin Llynnon

At the Llynnon windmill we had our own private educator.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 9 Melin Llynnon

With a thick Welsh accent, he proceeded to explain all the history and facts in such an interesting way, that we were torn to leave.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 10 Melin Llynnon

He put explorason to work grinding flour.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 11 Grinding Flour Melin Llynnon

Next he had him trying to lift sacks, and using pulleys.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 12 Melin Llynnon

We then went out to see the circle huts they had restored.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 13 Melin Llynnon Circle Huts

We spent about 1 hour out here. The level of learning was wonderful.  He even taught Explorason to make rope from grass.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 14 Melin Llynnon – rope making

We left with regret. I wish we had more time in Wales.  This guy was amazing!  We then drove on the A5 through the windy fields to the longest town name in Wales.

We decided by looking at the map we would like to go and visit a walled city.  So off we drove.  We saw the bridge that separates the island and headed on.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 15
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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 16 Caernarfon

We stopped and asked a local who directed us to Totters Hostel right no the edge of the inside of the walled city. Probably one of the nicest hostels we have stayed in for a long time.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 17 Caernarfon Totters Hostel

We ended up with a huge room to ourselves, and there was a lovely little courtyard to look out onto. A fabulous kitchen and two entertaining areas. It was all we needed. So we headed to Morrison’s Supermarket where we left the car in the long-term car park, then went shopping so we could cook dinner at the hostel.  One thing we found was we had to cover the bags left in the car and leave it blocks from the hostel, but I daresay this is going to be the norm in UK and Europe in many places.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 18 Caernarfon Totters Independent Hostel

This is a beautiful town and well worth the visit.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 19 Caernarfon

Caernarfon has some fabulous old pubs dating back centuries like this one.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 20 Caernarfon

But in the end we wandered the streets and decided to watch the sun set over the water with a drink.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 21 Caernarfon

Wales is simply stunning.  It is a lovely place to see and I am looking forward to what tomorrow holds.  As the sun sets over the water, the night chills and it is time to head back to the warmth of the hostel.  It has been a really full day already. Love Wales !

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Exploramum and Explorason – Anglesey Wales # 22 Caernarfon Sunset

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