Wednesday, March 10, 2010

North Wales & Liverpool



When you're crossing the English Channel from Calais, France, on a ferry, the first thing you see as you're approaching Britain is the White Cliffs of Dover (I'll post some pictures of them on a second session of oldies). For me, this was the first glimpse I ever caught of this land.

Later on, I got to spend a day in Ramsgate and Dover and completely fell in love with the beaches here. They are far from the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen (they hardly compare to the ones in Greece), but all seaside towns in Britain have this quirky charm that I simply love. Especially on weekends: everybody goes out for a walk and the whole family eats fish and chips on a bench, while their terrier digs a whole in the sand. It's like a permanent holiday.

This weekend I got to see Barmouth and Porthmadog and a small part of Snowdonia in Wales, Beaumaris in Anglesey, Llandudno and last, but not least, Liverpool. We'd planned a Welsh weekend, but Liverpool was closer than Cardiff, so we said, what the hell, why not. We strolled from the city center to Albert Dock, had some fries at a pub and ended up in front of the gates of Anfield. Then got home, safe and sound, in good old Birmingham, and had a beer at the Hare of the Dog.

I wonder where should I go next. I was thinking of Inverness or Cornwall. Or maybe Belfast. Suggestions?

PS: How the hell do you pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyll?

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On the way to Barmouth

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Dilly and Coco on the beach of Barmouth

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Barmouth beach. The tide was low

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Porthmadog


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Beaumaris

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Llandudno

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Liverpool

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Liverpool Memorial

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