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Thursday, November 24, 2016

UK & Canary Islands Travelogue | Snow in April?

Considering how much steak is being consumed in the UK, I was hoping to see a lot more cows than what I actually managed to see. So when I caught sight of some cows, boy was I excited to take photos of them. One of the cows even walked up to us and started mooing away which was so cute. 

Also, do you know that black and white cows are not that common? Most cows are actually fully black or brown which in my opinion, aren't as cute as black and white ones.

The main highlight for the day was taking the Mountain Railway up to the summit of Snowdon Mountain. The train journey took 45 minutes up to the 3/4 mark of the summit where we had 30 minutes to wander around the area before we had to take the train back to the same station.

The views on the train journey up and down the mountain were breathtaking. I don't know about you but I love taking in grand views like this and I love knowing that no matter what problems I may have, God is there and if He can move mountains and raise valleys, He can solve all my problems as well. 

About 5 minutes into the time we had to spend up at the 3/4 mark, it starting snowing and it was fascinating. It was late April by then and considering how close it was to summer time, snow was totally an unexpected bonus for us. We were sadly underdressed so it was really cold, especially with the strength of the wind being at such a high altitude but I was really happy being there nonetheless.

We had lunch at the Platform Grill simply because it was easier (my parents and I don't typically do research as to where to eat so we usually make do with whatever is most convenient and in this case, the platform grill was the most convenient place to go. We had sandwiches and soup.

Llyn Padarn is a magnificent glacially formed lake nestled amidst some of Snowdonia’s most spectacular scenery. On its southern banks resides the busy village of Llanberis and towards its southeastern end you will discover the enchanting and extensive Padarn Country Park. This covers an area of 800 acres and includes Coed Dinorwig, a rare and ancient Sessile Oak woodland as well as the marvelous Vivian Quarry. 

Lying contiguous to Llyn Peris and located at the foot of Mount Snowdon, Llyn Padarn reaches depths of up to 30m (100ft) and is recognised as the sixth deepest lake in Wales. It is one of only three remaining natural localities in Wales to support the rare alpine fish, Arctic Charr, a living relic of the lakes glacial origins. Aquatic plants of special interest include the floating Water-plantain and small Quillwort. Otters and small numbers of Wildfowl frequent the lake and the outflow, Afon Rhythallt, is a critical spawning site for Salmon and Sea-trout. (Credit: x)

We drove off from Llyn Padarn and along the way to Swallow Falls, we drove through an area with loads of rock fall and some of the rocks were truly huge. We didn't exactly drive through actual rock fall but the area we were in had tell-tale signs of rock falls that happened in the past.

Swallow Falls is a pretty small scale but nonetheless impressive waterfall that is very easy to get to. We had to pay £1.50 per person to enter the area where the falls is but you can easily cover the area within 5 minutes. As soon as you enter through the gate, the falls is literally a 1 minute walk away.

We had tea at the Tavern which is located in the Swallow Falls hotel.

Our next stop was the Conwy Quay where the smallest house in Britain is located. It was freezing when we reached and it started to drizzle soon after. Moments later, it started to snow again which made the temperature plunge even further so after a brisk walk over to the house, we hurried back to the car and decided to call it a day and head to our overnight accommaodation.

Our accommodation for the night was Karden House which was pretty unique in its room design. The sink and the mirror was located in the room and not in the bathroom. I have not made up my mind about whether I like this design or not. It makes it easier for people to brush their teeth or wash their hands while someone is in the shower, but it makes it more inconvenient to wash your hands after using the toilet unless you head into the shower cubicle to do so.

We hunted down a Chinese restaurant for dinner called East and had our usual Chinese food affair.

Stir Fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion (£7.50)

Egg Fried Rice (£2.70)

Traditional Chinese Vegetables (£4)

Traditional Style Cantonese Roast Duck cooked on a bed of Chinese Vegetables, rich Soy Sauce on top (£10)

Ma Po Tofu (Beancurd with Chilli Sauce) (£7)

Thank you so much for reading! x

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