Sunday, April 16, 2006

Easter trip to Aberystwyth

We had a long four day weekend for the Easter holiday, so we decided to take a little trip. Nikki and I were going to go to Newquay in Cornwall, but I decided we should stay around so I could meet Bri's friend Erin who is visiting this weekend and go out with them (we've postponed Newquay for early July). We all ended up out in Wolverhampton essentially doing the usual Saturday night. Sunday we dragged ourselves out around 1PM and headed to Wales for the afternoon. We drove to Aberystwyth, enjoying the beautiful views of Welsh countryside on the way. Spring was definitely in the air. There were tons of sheep and a lot of little lambs that looked no more than a couple weeks old grazing the farms as we drove along. The daffodils were in full bloom and the sun came out just as we were crossing the border into Wales. As Nikki said before the we saw the sign welcoming us to Wales, the landscape definitely looked Welsh. We quickly came into countryside with small mountains (or very large hills, if you like) and the trees and grasses began to change. We didn't make it to Aberystwyth until about 4PM, but we checked out the amusements, got some good walking in and enjoyed the sea air for the afternoon. I also won a Mini! Although, it's only about a foot long so I don't think it will be too easy to drive.

After Bri and I stuck our feet in the cold water, Nikki posed for the camera. I took my flops off to wade in and almost lost them in the rocky shore, they sunk down so quickly.

We had a little lunch and walked along the shore to head up for a better view.

In the center there is a cliff railway you can take to the top but we walked it- with Brianna and I both in flip flops...and her's were platforms.

Once we made it to the top Nikki and stopped for a little rest and this picture, that somehow came out black and white, but I think it works.

This was my embarrasing moment of the week. I leaned near the edge to take this picture and almost lost my balance. I reacted and said a little curse word, which a little boy standing near me repeated about three times and asked his dad what I was saying. I walked away hanging my head in shame.

Views of the seaside and surrounding town and countryside from the top....

After we came back down we got some ice cream and the girls took a little break. That's from left to right, Brianna, Erin (Brianna's friend who has been visiting) and Nikki.

We walked to the other side of the harbour to check out the ruins of this castle. It's been in ruins for a few hundred years, so it wasn't much to see, but a nice little park area.

They did manage to have a cannon for Nikki to pose on, though.

View from the grounds of the castle site.

Almost every town has WWII memorials in England, but I thought this one was particularly nice as it was a bit more unique from the regular ones.

The memorial from the front.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Stranger...
I came across your blog and thought I'd say hello! It's been a looong time! Glad to see that you are doing so well and have the opportunity to spend so much time in Europe! What a great experience! If you ever make it back to Indy, look me up!

Kelly Dickerson (LN)