On Friday morning, I boarded a bus at 8:30 am to head to Llandudno, Wales.
I elected to do the Northern Wales trip with the school for a few different reasons:
- I thoroughly enjoyed my day trip to Lincoln, England. The courier for that day trip said, “If you love Lincoln, you will love the Northern Wales trip!” Well, sign me up!
- By visiting Wales, I would have seen the entirety of the United Kingdom.
- I do not think I would ever travel to Europe to specifically visit Wales; therefore, I figured I should grasp the opportunity before me to see another part of the U.K.
After driving for three hours, we stopped near the England/Wales border in the town of Chester, England. This city is known primarily for its clock, which is the second most photographed clock after Big Ben. Chester also holds a lot of Roman and medieval history, which is seen through the remnants of an amphitheater and the wall that surrounds the city respectively.
We were given roughly three hours of free time in Chester. My friend, Tenshi, and I started off by visiting Chester Cathedral. Admission to the church is free, but donations are accepted. The interior of the cathedral was very beautiful and had a courtyard area with a fountain. There were volunteers selling lego bricks to help fund the building of a 4-meter high replica of the cathedral out of legos. Pretty cool!
When we had our fill of the church, Tenshi and I walked towards the Roman amphitheater to eat our packed lunches in the sunshine. The weather in England has been unseasonably warm and sunny as of late. I am not complaining! On our way, we saw the famous clock of Chester and walked down the shopping area known as the Rows.
Our next stop happened to be another church, which was much smaller. Then, we decided to head down to the river where a super cute suspension bridge served as a walking path.
Next, Tenshi and I walked to a nearby set of steps that would take us up onto the wall that surrounds Chester. We walked on the wall for a little bit until we arrived under the clock and back to the Rows again. At which point, Tenshi and I disembarked and traversed the Rows during the rest of our free time. I was surprised at the lack of local shops in Chester. Perhaps Tenshi and I did not go to the area of the city with local businesses. We mostly encountered chain stores.
At 2:30 pm, I hopped back onto the bus for the 1.5-hour drive to our final destination: the coastal city of Llandudno, Wales.
Around 4 o’clock, the bus arrived at the hotel. I checked in, ditched my suitcase, and headed outside to walk around this beachy town before sunset.
Like Chester, I did not find there to be a lot of small businesses in Llandudno. Granted, February is the off-season for a beach town so some stores may close up shop during the winter.
However, the town had a great little hike that provided a fabulous view of the city.
After my hike, I decided to walk to the opposite side of the town to catch the end of the sunset.
When the sun sunk below the horizon, I went in search of dinner. I ended up at a pub with Tenshi and two other Harlaxton students. Once dinner wrapped up, I headed back to the hotel for an early night.
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