After breakfast (those croissants we bought yesterday, thanks for asking), we set off bright and moderately early for our North Wales trip. First stop was at the lovely Elan Valley, where amongst many other things, we saw this:
That was where we stopped for lunch – just a sandwich from the visitor centre car park. We then started the trip north, though had to change our planned route because of a closed road. The new route took us to Devil’s Bridge, where we’ve been before, but this time we stopped at the station cafe, which has some really lovely wood carvings on display, including this stern-looking owl:
From there, we headed though some quite magnificent scenery (mountains!! rivers!! sheep!!!) to Llandudno, where we soon found the Sŵn Y Môr hotel, and even managed to get into a parking space behind it. We had a friendly welcome and went to our rooms. And nice rooms they are, too – big beds, modern bathrooms, the usual tea and coffee making facilities and free posh chocolates from a local supplier – nice little ribbon-tied boxes. And the really good thing is that my brother doesn’t eat chocolate, so I’ve got his as well.
After a bit of resting and winding down, we went for a walk along the promenade and around the corner to a convenient Wetherspoon’s. We started with a wee drinkie (Guinness for Geoff, pear cider for me), then selected some food. Geoff had buffalo wings (didn’t know they could fly…), and I had a gourmet beef burger. Both meals were of a suitable standard. And each came with a drink – Geoff had another Guinness, and as pear cider wasn’t one of the inclusive options, I switched to the Devil’s Backbone IPA, which is Good Stuff. We may have had another drink after that, but we may deny that:
We then walked back to the hotel, passing this strange character on the promenade. Apparently there’s a series of figures I need to investigate, not to mention point my real camera at:
And now I’m back in my room, testing the chocolates (excellent, as it happens) and looking over today’s photos. Another exciting report tomorrow!
 That’s my brother Geoff and I
 Note: one more Devil’s Backbone might have made that a challenge
 Hi Geoff