Llandudno Travel Diary | Book Shopping, Donuts & Great Views

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5th August 2019

My second time going to Llandudno this year was better than the first. It was incredibly sunny in Wales, while at home the heavens had opened. I arrived in Llandudno around midday and had such a lovely time.

The first place we (family and friends) went was a cafe to have some lunch. We sat outside on some decking and the seagulls didn’t take any chips. The food was lovely but I was too hungry to take photos beforehand! 

Next stop: the beach. We spent most of the afternoon flying kites and playing boules. We had a few games of cricket and I nearly broke my ribs laughing! It wasn’t too hot, nor was the sand too irritating. I dipped my feet in the sea and enjoyed an ice-cream. After enjoying a lovely afternoon, it was time for some fish and chips. We couldn’t go to the seaside without going to the pier, either. The arcade was lots of fun and I won lots of trash. 

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This photo is on a bit of a slant, please forgive me

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We got back to the hostel at 22:30 that night, after sitting by the sea in pitch-black. The hostel was really cosy and we played some card games before going to sleep. 

6th August 2019

I was rudely awakened that morning by my brother’s snores. Breakfast was early and we were packed and out of the room by 10:00. We walked around town and stopped off at the church for some knitting. It was relaxing and fun, especially with it being so quiet. 

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I found some Cassandra Clare books in a “Bargain Books” bookshop. Unfortunately they didn’t have the first one! I also went book shopping in Waterstones (it wasn’t really shopping because I used a voucher) and the YA section was beautiful! I now have A Court Of Thorns And Roses in my possession and I hope that I like it. 

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I love the editions where the spines create images

After a bit more browsing, we went up the Great Orme on the tram. Last time I walked up, though my friend hadn’t been to Wales before so she needed the full experience. There was a really nice café at the top and I fattened myself with a cheese and onion pasty. I was so windy at the top and I have great photos of my hair whipping around. For anonymity reasons, I will not share those with you. Just imagine beachy waves… but beachier XD

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We revisited the pier and had a weird encounter with a school friend and some donuts. My last hour in Llandudno was greatly enjoyed.

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We went headed home at 16:00 and my friend was knitting all the way back. It was a fun experience and we have more inside jokes now than ever before. 

Where have you been recently? Have you visited Wales? 

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What I’m Up To This Summer | Ft. A Lot Of Rambling

It’s now official, I’ve ended school for the summer! I would like to share with you some plans I have for the future of this blog, my plans for the holidays and other random things you need to know.

Blog

This summer I’ll be redesigning my blog. There will be no change to the name or site address, though the layout with go through a few rearrangements. This is due to my post topics changing. I used to blog all about philosophy and poems. There will still be some of that, but less often. I feel like voicing my opinions takes a lot to try and make it less controversial. I don’t like creating drama!

Most readers are aware that I am now blogging more about books and travel. This topic has reached a broader audience and I’ve made some really good blogging friends through the subject.

Another thing I would like to cover in this post is Bookstagram. I’m not sure how I feel about restarting my Instagram feed because I have some really successful posts. What I may do is private my account for a week whilst I create a new theme and start posting. I currently have lots of landscapes in my feed and I wonder if I should post them just on my blog, and not through another platform. I’ve experimented with bookstagram this past month and the community is so lovely! I do not want to give it up but I do need some more practise.

I find it hard to keep up with my story sometimes, though. Some days I have a lot to show but some days I have nothing. This means I have lack of engagement. Though statistics don’t bother me, I love reaching out to other people.

Edit: my Bookstagram is up and running! I have a new theme that I have been posting to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Travel

  • At the end of July I will be going on camp with my Scout group. This camp lasts for a week.
  • I’ll also be going to Llandudno again. I went earlier in the year and I have a record of it here!
  • In August I will be going to Menorca, and island at the south of Spain.

All of my travel will be recorded and posted on this blog a couple of weeks after the trip 😊 I’m looking forward to be writing a travel diary again. I haven’t travelled much in this last month so there have been no records for a while…

Books

I haven’t set any book reading goals for the holidays though I have nearly reached my yearly target! I set a goal of fifty books and never knew I’d get quite so far through it. This year has sparked a new motivation for reading a lot more!

My Bucketlist

I have a post for my bucket list here and am hoping to achieve most of them. It would be really rewarding to have them all ticked off by the end of August!

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France Travel Diary | Mont St Michel

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

This is the final instalment of my France travel diary.

On the third day of France, I went to Mont St Michel. It’s a beautiful town full of tacky souvenirs and lovely cafés!

The architecture is truly stunning. It reminded me of the island from Tangled, little did I know the film based it off the island! How brilliant is that? (my inner Disney fangirl is, well, fangirling).

It was a cloudy day (and windy up at the top) but the views still stunned me! The shape of the land is so beautiful. Also, I never realised until I was up there, that Normandy is so flat.

I’m sorry that the photos are a bit distorted at the side. I think it was due the old camera lense I was using 😊

After having a real good look around the abbey (I learned a lot about the history and architecture, which were my main interests for the trip), I slowly made my way down to the bottom. I’m not materialistic so I didn’t buy any souvenirs: photos and memories are more important. However, I did have a good look around. I probably annoyed lots of shop owners for just browsing 😂. However, the street food caught my eye.

I had a donut because my parents couldn’t tell me not too. Also, an Orangina. It was a goal to drink some in my trip because I had never tried it before! If it wasn’t so expensive, I would bring some home (aka it was really tasty). I can try and create a replica though (lemonade, orange juice with bits, orange cordial?).

The narrow streets definitely gave me Diagon Alley vibes. I’ve visited the Harry Potter studios in London so I know for certain that they give off the same energy!

Thank you for sticking with me through all these travel diaries. Hopefully I’ll be going somewhere different soon 😂

Hopefully you get the chance to visit some of the places I’ve mentioned in these last few posts! And if you have visited them, tell me in the comments your experience.

Have a great day 💕

France Travel Diary | Bayeux Tapestry, D-Day Landing Beaches & a Beautiful Evening!

Hello, welcome back to my blog!

Today I am sharing with you more of my France travel diary. This is part two, you can enjoy this post on it’s own or as part of the series. Previous days are linked here!

Wednesday 22nd May

One the second (third technically) day of France, I went to Bayeux to experience the cathedral and the well-known tapestry. Before going to the Bayeux museum, I explored the town. The market was interesting and very colourful!

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I can’t explain how excited I was to go and see the Bayeux tapestry! History is a subject I have a deep interest in. The Battle of Hastings has had such an influence on England so to see it represented in this artistic form was cool. Historians believe there is a chunk missing, at the end.

With inability to take photos, I have nothing to show you of the tapestry itself. If you are to visit – I will tell you a few things about the experience. It was narrated (so you don’t have to recall the Norman Conquest in your head 😂). You went through a tunnel and had the pictures explained to you in detail. This interpretation of the story was very interesting and accurate.

So the colours can’t fade, it was in a dark room. The only light was a dim, strip light – directly above the tapestry – which was held in a cabinet.

After being in the room itself, there was an exhibition upstairs which showcased a timeline, film, and other parts on the making of it. I visited all the exhibits and watch the film!

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France Travel Diary | Goats Cheese Farm, German War Cemetery

Monday 20th May 2019

The first day of Normandy, France was slightly uneventful. After travelling for half of the day, I went to explore the town I stayed in: Agon-Coutainville. I had a lovely afternoon at the beach and then a large dinner.

Tuesday 21st May 2019

My first full day of tourism! The first place I visited was a family-owned goats cheese farm. While I was there, there was an unexpected birth of a kid. I had to look away XD. Also, I got to try some of the cheese. My favourite was the chilli seasoned one!

Next stop was the German War cemetery. It certainly has its differences to the British one (which I visited later in the trip).

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