Bay of Tranquillity

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Tranquil body.  Tranquil mind.  Tranquil heart.

One of my all-time favourite places in North Wales, and I’m going back tomorrow!!

Photo: The harbour at Borth Y Gest, N W Wales.

The Legend of Gelert, Beddgelert, Snowdonia

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IMG_2190-2Gelert’s Trail, the path running alongside the river, leading to Gelert’ Graves

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According to legend, this stone monument, situated in a field alongside the River Glaslyn, marks the resting place of Gelert, the faithful dog of the mediaeval Welsh prince, Llewelyn the Great. The story, as written on the tombstone, reads:

“In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent.

On Llewelyn’s return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant’s cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.

The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry.

Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here”.

Happiness…..NOW

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“Happiness, not in another place, but in this place…

not for another hour, but for this hour.”

 Walt Whitman

What a beautiful place is Llyn Brenig.   Situated in the unspoilt countryside of the Denbigh Moors, on the border between the counties of Conwy and Denbighshire, it is one of the largest lakes in Wales.

There are nature trails, archaeological trails, picnic areas, water sports, a visitor centre, an exhibition telling the story of Llyn Brenig and its archaeological history, and a restaurant with good food and great views from the terrace.

LLYN BRENIG VISITOR CENTRE
Llyn Brenig, Cerrigydrudion,Conwy, Wales, LL21 9TT

Telephone: 01490 420463

Photos:  Walking at Llyn Brenig, April 2016

The Road Less Travelled

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As the sun sets on the old year, may we all journey Onwards and Upwards on the road less travelled – following every rainbow, climbing every mountain, reaching for the stars, living life to the full, with new-found fervour and heart-stirring passion. Life truly is an amazing gift. I want to share it with you.

I feel an awesome excitement deep within me. I love my life – it’s growing into something quite magnificent. I don’t even feel like ‘me’ any more. I’m a stranger to myself. Who is this animated, inspired, wildly passionate, enthusiastic woman? I feel like a child again! I have stepped out into the glorious Light of a New Day.

May the New Year of 2015 bring to us all the fulfilment that our heart’s yearn for.

“There is a road in the hearts of all of us,

hidden and seldom travelled,

which leads to an unknown, secret place.”

Chief Luther Standing Bear

Explore, Dream, Discover

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The Harbour, Rhos on Sea, N Wales

“Twenty years from now,
you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do,
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour,
catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, dream, discover!”
Mark Twain

Swiss Beauty

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High in the Swiss Alps

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Lake Lucerne

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High in the Alps between Switzerland and Italy

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Lake Luicerne

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Cruising on Lake Lucerne

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Yachts on Lake Lugano

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Cruising on Lake Lugano

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View from the Hotel Balcony in St Moritz

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St Moritz

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The Village of Gruyere near Lake Geneva

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On Lake Geneva

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Approaching St Moritz

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Storm Clouds gathering over Lake Geneva

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The Jesuit Church at Lucerne

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Lake Geneva

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Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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Lake Geneva in Monochrome

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Lake Lugano in Monochrome

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Travelling from Austria to Switzerland

 “The earth has music for those who listen.”
William Shakespeare

Photos:  Memories of Switzerland 2011 © Isabella Rose

Welsh Castles: Caernarfon Castle

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACaernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.

King Edward Ist of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of  North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.

The site enabled Edward to control traffic along the Menai Strait – a very important objective for his continued supremacy in the area.

There was a motte-and- bailey castle [a fortification with a wooden or stone keep, situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade] in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.

There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon’s Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle’s walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs. It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.

In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of  Charles, Prince of Wales.

Caernarfon castle is a beautiful castle and well-worth a visit.