We left the hotel this morning at 10:30, allowing us to sleep in a bit and walk around on the beach before loading the coach.
We made two stops on the way back to the manor--one to see Swallow Falls and one in Betws-y-Coed for lunch. I really liked Betws-y-Coed, although I don't have any pictures to show for it. It reminds me a little bit of Estes Park, only smaller. Maybe Lyons is a somewhat better comparison. In any case, it was a charming little mountain village and I enjoyed our visit, although not the cheap hamburger I had for lunch.
Our first stop today after breakfast was Caenarfenon Castle. The town around the castle was quite charming. I bought a few more postcards and a couple of little trinkets, too.
From Caenarfenon, we headed to Portmerion Village through Snowdonia National Park, which stretches most of Wales, so we didn't actually see the full extent of the park. It was, in any case, perfectly beautiful, and aside from my green-blue-tinted picture below, there's a little video of the Welsh countryside at the bottom of this post.
Portmerion itself was a rather odd place. It reminded me of Atlantis, you know, an eerily deserted city (Portmerion was built it the Victorian era as a resort town, but nobody lives there. It's kind of like Heritage Square out in Colorado, only not). It was all very lovely (and sort of mythological because it seemed to mesh together Greek, Roman, and Victorian architecture all into one location and time period), just so very odd.
After Portmerion, we stopped by a slate mine museum inside of the mines itself. Cold and damp, but the lake at the end of the cramped thing was beautiful.
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