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Our visit to North Wales.

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We have just returned from a week’s holiday in North Wales,our first break for 2 years….
The last time we were there was16 years ago when our eldest son,Alun, was married at a pretty little church at Beddgelert village.

It is reputed to be named after the legendary hound Gelert.
Llywelyn the Great returns from hunting to find his baby missing and the cradle overturned and Gelert with a blood- smeared mouth.This worried the prince so he went to check on his baby son but found the cradle empty.with bedclothes and floor covered in blood.
Llywelyn was enraged and thrust his sword into Gelert,thinking the dog had killed his son,but as Gelert yelped on his final breaths,this was answered by the cry of a baby..
Llwelyn found his heir unharmed near the body of a.mighty wolf.Realising that Gelert had slain the predator and saved his son he was overcome with sorrow and never smiled again. He buried Gelert in the village and laid a stone in tribute.

Photos of the village…

Having spent a few hours at Beddgelert we continued on to the Snowdonia region which didn’t disappoint.The following photos show just how beautiful the mountain ranges are.Truly spectacular.

The next day we were blessed with yet another fine,sunny day just suitable to visit Bodnant Gardens NT. One on my wish list….

There are many more photos I could show, just given you a sample of how beautiful the area is.Hope you enjoyed and maybe make a visit yourselves one day.

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Lovely photos, yes the mountains are amazing.
I first heard the story of Gelert when I was in school, it always makes me feel sad.

I've always wanted to visit Bodnant but when we were on holiday near-by we had a nasty thunder storm and they closed the gardens due to flooding.

11 Sep, 2021

 

Julia your beautiful photos have brought back such wonderful memories for John and I.
His parents had a little cottage in Nantgwynant which is just down the road from Beddgellert, so we recognised every scene that you photographed. It is such a pretty place.
Bodnant Gardens look stunning and have such an air of peace and gentleness.
So pleased you had such a lovely holiday and so pleased you went to North Wales!!

11 Sep, 2021

 

Hywel, what a shame you missed Bodnant...perhaps a visit in the future?
The tale is rather sad.

Chris,I'm so pleased the photos brought back such happy memories for you both. You know how beautiful and special it is.
Hope you are much better and recovered from that ghastly bug.

11 Sep, 2021

 

Hywel, what a shame you missed Bodnant...perhaps a visit in the future?
The tale is rather sad.

Chris,I'm so pleased the photos brought back such happy memories for you both. You know how beautiful and special it is.
Hope you are much better and recovered from that ghastly bug.

11 Sep, 2021

 

Sorry it wasn't sending and eventually went through but twice!!

11 Sep, 2021

 

Julia, I am pleased that you enjoyed your break away after such a long time of going nowhere! It must have lifted your spirits a great deal.

Many years ago we had planned to visit Bodnant Garden but I developed Sciatica and was in agony! We really must plan a visit in the future as it looks wonderful in your photos . . . :o)

11 Sep, 2021

 

Shirley do go when you can ...it will certainly boost you...I felt I was in another world far away from the virus topic.There are 80 acres...we did manage it all...took about 2 hours as they say...plenty of resting seats...some of the terrain is steep.

11 Sep, 2021

 

So pleased you had a lovely Holiday,Julia,and North Wales has always been a favourite place of ours.The scenery is stunning,isn't it? We have also been to Beddgelert,and knew of it's history,which was fascinating,but sadly,we never managed to visit Bodnant Gardens, but one day I hope we will. .not sure if we would manage the 80 Acres though !

11 Sep, 2021

 

Thank you for a wonderful tour of North Wales. It's a very beautiful place. I hope you are well rested with lots of nice memories.

12 Sep, 2021

 

Beautiful scenery and gardens. Thanks for sharing. (Including the sad legend.)

12 Sep, 2021

 

Many thanks everyone, Klahanie, Bathgate, Bloomer and Shirley. A little taste of where most of you have been to...

12 Sep, 2021

 

Julia, your blog is just wonderful! I feel like I’ve had a little holiday myself reading through it and enjoying your gorgeous pics too! It is definitely just what the doctor ordered - a holiday away from the ongoing virus amid other things that have been going on this past while..
A beautiful area of the UK indeed! Lots of very pretty, rustic and charming spots! The story/legend of Gelert is indeed a very sad story.
I’m pleased you managed to get to Bodnant Gardens too - what a big, beautiful place to visit! Thankfully you could rest as you made your way round the 80 acres!
The pic of you is lovely too! You look well and happy! 😊

12 Sep, 2021

 

Kate,your comment brought tears to my eyes!!! Such a sentimental fool I am..So kind of you.x

12 Sep, 2021

 

Just catching up because we've been away ourselves. I'm glad you've had the chance of a break. We went to Bodnant many years ago so your pics. were a good reminder. Good to see you in the flesh!

12 Sep, 2021

 

Sending you a PM x

12 Sep, 2021

 

Hope you had a good one, Ang, and feel rested after your enormous workout.
Bodnant is a special place, isn't it.

12 Sep, 2021

 

So glad you were able to visit both Beddgelert (Gelert's grave) and Bodnant (house by the stream!) - both lovely places to see. When we went to Bodnant years ago there were no fish in the pool because otters from the stream in the valley had come up into the garden and eaten them all...

13 Sep, 2021

 

What a sad story that was Julia! The scenery there looked amazing and you were so lucky with the weather! I liked the picture of you! Looking so relaxed and tanned!

14 Sep, 2021

 

Hi ,that's a lovely holiday for your memory bank. We always went to Portmeirion when in Snowdonia.
Gorgeous hotel there too, especially if you're a Poirot-ite.. No pics of you on the zipwire......?

14 Sep, 2021

 

Not brave enough,WG....
Thank you Rose...very old carved bench was a good resting place.
Stera,the fish have returned!

14 Sep, 2021

 

My son snd his partner have just bought a house north west of the Beacons. It is a wonderful are.

14 Sep, 2021

 

Two of my favourite places to visit when in N'Wales, never could tire of going M'land, your photo's bring to mind some lovely times spent there, I remember one time when we visited Bodnant there weren't any fish in the pond, a worker told us they had been taken by poachers, I was shocked at that as well as angry, thankfully it was replenished, hope you bought a plant, I have to each time I go....Lovely blog and photo's..x

18 Sep, 2021

 

Pleased your memories of that area were brought back.....the selection of plants were quite poor,actually so didn't buy.Spring should be spectacular there.

18 Sep, 2021

 

I would love to see Wales.. maybe someday! thanks for posting this lovely travelogue, Julia.

18 Sep, 2021

 

You're very welcome,Lori....it's a spectacular region.

18 Sep, 2021

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