This time last year I was home from the best trip. Eoghan and I packed his focus and left Longford, with seven days to get to Brighton and back. There was one goal, see as much as we could along the way.
Have to say it was probably one the best trip I’ve been on. It was so relaxed and we took our time. We wandered idly around towns just taking it all in . We slept in the car and would wake up warm and sticky. Our (my) stuff quickly spread over the entire car, to the point where it was impossible to find anything. We cooked soup on the side of the road and brushed our teeth in cafe bathrooms. We were absolute dirt balls by the time we got to Brighton and I absolutely loved it.
I know it was a year ago but I’m feeling nostalgic lately and wanting to look back on better times! Therefore, I’m gona reminisce and give a low down of the places we stopped along our trip, and share a ridiculous amount of photos.
Straight off the ferry our plan was to go to Snowdonia. We stopped in Bangor along the way and then briefly stopped at Llyn Ogwen to have a look and stretch our legs. I didn’t have my camera long and Eoghan was helping me figure out how to shoot manual.
Don’t know how he had the patience with me asking him millions of questions and complaining I couldn’t get the photos to look how I wanted. Even though I was new to my camera and the photos weren’t perfect, they still bring me so much happiness.
We randomly passed a sign on the road saying “Swallow Falls”. Out of curiosity we turned around to have a look.
So glad, because not only did we get to see the most beautiful waterfalls, but we also got to get foooood. My favourite.
Our first proper stop was Betws-y-coed – the main village to Snowdonia National Park. It was the most picturesque place. The sun was beating down and after a little wander around, we found ourselves a spot in the park and napped in the sun. I don’t know why I didn’t take any actual pictures of the village, so raged with myself!
Outside Blaenau Ffestiniog, we came across a nice woods (at Llyn Mair) with some trails through.
Eoghan wanted to sleep here. I wasn’t keen because we were literally parked in front of the creepy dark woods. I gave in and was ready for sleep when announces he can’t lock the doors or we’d set off the alarm!? There was not a hope of me sleeping in an unlocked car beside a dark woods so I made him move the car to a safer location. When we got there, he realised how to turn off the alarm…!
We didn’t get the best weather and on our second morning we woke up to dull skies and rain. Zip world was near by, so we decided to give that ago instead of traipsing around in the rain. The caverns experience and it was brilliant. You’re left to do it at your own pace and the caves are really beautifully lit up. If you’re afraid of heights this is probably not for you though. There was an extra challenging bit at the end – monkey bars over the endless black cavern below and the steepest zip line in the Uk. Safe to say neither of us managed that one!
The next stop was Bath, which was on my list of places in the world to see. It was so beautifullllll. The first thing you notice when you drive into bath is the gorgeous honey coloured buildings. The town is famous for its Georgian architecture.
No visit here is complete without a visit to the roman baths.
I found it so interesting and wanted to listen to the free audio tour,however due to Eoghans (unusual) impatience, I didn’t get as long to learn about it all as I’d have liked! It was still great though. Would love to go back.
I made Eoghan make a detour to Lacock, because I knew some of the Harry Potter scenes were shot here – the great hall and dungeon scenes if I remember correctly. Sadly the abbey was closing as we got there and we managed to hop a fence to get a look, but then I chickened out and we left! The village of Lacock itself is worth the visit for its Medieval appearance.
Passing Stonehenge I managed to get a picture out the window, I can check that off my list, it counts right?! Then it was full speed ahead for BRIGHTON!
Brighton was everything I thought it would be!! Although it rained (and sometimes poured) it was a fantastic blur of colour, walking our feet off, ocean sounds, visiting all main the tourist attractions andddd .. Mexican food!
I was raging with the weather because I wanted a sunny picture in front of the beach huts ha.
AND they weren’t doing churros on the pier, but we managed to have a great couple of days there regardless haha.
This is another place I want to go back to again, and again, and again!
Our room was gorgeoussss.
And a building covered in pies…
And some other stuff..
So yeah I’ve said it already, but such a great time. I can’t describe the feelings I get looking at these pictures. It actually makes me feel homesick. Such a good time. So nice to finally share them and although they don’t have such meaning to anyone else, hope you enjoy them. Brighton is one of my favourite places I’ve been to and for sure want to go back again.
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