UK & Ireland, Day 4: Croeso i Gymru [Welcome to Wales]

Saturday, 5/28/16

We began our day with a hearty breakfast at the King's Court Hotel to fuel up for the 3-hour drive to Wales.
The signs got a little more foreign here. I may or may not have made my husband turn around at the roundabout following the Welcome to Wales sign so I could get a picture of the Welcome to England sign.
We were heading to Betws-y-coed, but there were some storm clouds moving in, so we didn't linger long in this village. We ended up getting all turned around and had to turn on the phone data again. :-P
Sadly, we had not beaten the rain as we pulled up to Castell Dolwyddelan, our first Welsh castle.  It started drizzling and eventually pouring. I graciously gave my umbrella to Francisco and just used my rain jacket to stay dry, but my jeans ended up soaked.
After we made it to Caernarfon Castle and walked around a bit, I dried off pretty quickly.
This castle is a medieval fortress created by King Edward I, and it is a World Heritage site. Francisco had remarked that this was a proper castle, what you think of when you hear the word, and it is probably my favorite of the several castles that we visited on this trip.
After our exploration of the castle, we looked around town for food and ended up getting ice cream at Palas Caffi. We ordered the Caernarfon Mess, which we could hardly pronounce lol, but it sure was tasty! There were facts about the town posted on the wall, so we learned that the population of Caernarfon is the most Welsh speaking community in the whole of Wales.
It started raining again as we left town, so we decided not to go to Conwy Castle. We did stop for some quick pics as well as checking out the Smallest House in Great Britain.
On the rainy walk back to the car, we stopped at a little bakery and grabbed the tastiest jam donut.
We pulled in to the Days Inn, which was conveniently across the street from a highway travel stop.
Which led to the very lame dinner of Burger King.


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