Another tearoom, castle and the Great Orme

Today was a bus day and we thought we would get a day bus pass and explore Caernarfon, Porthmadog and maybe Harlech on the east.

We got to Caernarfon and spent the time wandering around the older walled part of town. It’s much like Conwy except that there is no walking on the ramparts.

You can see part of the wall and the castle in the background.


Caernarfon castle did have a moat at one time as you can see in this photo. The other side is facing the bay.

The street signs are at eye-level here and other town we have visited.

This tearoom was where I had my first Welsh rarebit. The man in front had posed for me when I was getting ready to take a photo and then started to walk away. I had a wonderful short conversation with him. He’s 83 (first he said he was 62). We talked about walking and taking photos he said the best view of the castle was over the bridge from the other side. So he is responsible for the second photo.

This is Welsh rarebit, basically cheese melted on toast. My traveling companion’s fried hash was quite delicious.

Another entrance into the walled city.

We discovered that bus we had a day pass for did not go any farther south to Porthmadog. It would cost us each another £9 (the day pass was £6.50) to get there and return. So we decided to change our plans and use our pass to get us to Llandudno and the Great Orme up on the north coast.

Llandudno is a popular holiday summer resort in north of Wales. Victorian-style hotels that face the beach line the promenade. For me the real attraction was the Great Orme. This large limestone headland rises and juts out into the sea. It also contains seams of copper mined as far back as the Bronze Age.

There’s a tram that takes you to the top of the Orme.

Part of the view to the east.

The view on the west side. St. Tudno is the original parish church of Llandudno.

And when looked a little more to the west we saw this eerie sight.

Off the Orme and a very of downtown Llandudno.

We ended the visit with a tasty sea bass, bream, shrimp dinner and a glass of wine at the Seahorse. It was a low ceiling, rock walled room under one of the Victorian row houses.

The plan: Ewloe castle, Llangollen and points in between.


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