On July 13th, we had to leave at the crack of dawn to catch the ferry, travel across the Irish Sea to Wales, tour the countryside, to end up in the Lake District in England.
It’s possible that this guy was wearing the bunny onesy to prepare for the winds we would encounter on the deck of the ferry. Or maybe he was dealing with the aftereffects of a stereotypically Irish night. At any rate, we were soon ready to board.
Unbelievably, there was a smoking section up there, and the smokers were huddled in their little pocket for warmth, shielded by the top deck of the ship. A person must really want to smoke to decide, “You know, I’d rather embrace the challenge of lighting this cigarette in 60mph winds than wait two hours.” Inside, away from the smoking outcasts, the ferry was spacious, with plenty of comfortable seats.
How long did it take before the novelty of the ferry wore off and people embraced nappy nap time?
Two hours later, we made it to Wales.
We grabbed our luggage and hopped on the bus that would be taking us around Britain. Almost immediately, we saw ways that Wales differed from Ireland. It seems that Welsh Gaelic is similar to German in that the language combines shorter words into one enormous word.
Grabbing a snack in place-that-is-too-long-to-be-named, we headed onto Conwy to see the small town and the Castle.
Conwy is tough to reach because it is surrounded by medieval walls, and there are only small arches on the walls. Since we were in a large touring bus, the odds were against us making it through the arch.
Most of the group toured Conwy’s castle while some stayed in town for some shopping. The castle was amazing; of the castles I have seen in Europe, this was the most castle-ly castle.
Conwy is a quaint little town with many small shops and cafes.
With several stops along the way, we arrived at our hotel in near Windermere.
What we discovered during our trip to the British Isles is that when a forecaster predicts a 50% chance of rain, what they really mean is that, “It will absolutely rain, and there is a 50% chance that it will stop before the next calendar day.” We did manage to go the mile into town to see some sites.
Then on the return trip it REALLY started raining.
Next up – travels through the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, and our arrival in Edinburgh.