A weekend in Wales
I have just returned from a weekend in Wales, Anglesey specifically.
The weather was a little against us, but we didn’t let that stop us from making the most of all Anglesey had to offer.
Somewhere behind me is Snowdonia… honestly!
We explored Beaumaris and it’s ‘Greatest castle that was never finished’ and as they go it was pretty damn impressive if not a little hairy underfoot in the previous mentioned rain!
We also explored the Dingle, a beautiful riverside walk way that eventually leads to a reservoir which was equally breathtaking. A real hidden secret.
It was while walking this route that I realised how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country.
We discovered (not the first people ever of course!) Some stunning beaches this weekend and again I felt so blessed to be 3 hours away from such beauty.
As we took the scenic route home, taking in all Snowdonia has to offer, despite the heavy rain and mist, following the river along the road just confirmed what wonders there are to be find all over the UK.
Location, location, location
As we live in the Midlands, no where is too far and it made me realise that we really do need to make the most of it.
There are so many great places to visit on our doorstep, and we probably have covered most of them but it’s time to think bigger than our little county and really explore all this country of ours has to offer.
The UK bucket list
I know this is not a popular phrase with all, but if the last year has taught me anything, it’s that life is too short and we should spend all our time here making every day special rather than waiting until we have more free time, more money in the bank or waiting until the children have grown up. Filling life with experiences is what makes a full life to me.
So here it is, my UK bucket list. A list that I hope will be ever growing.
– I love a list, especially when I can tick things off it straight away!
We visited Cambridge at the end of April for a weekend. I had never been before but felt it was a great place to start.
I wanted to walk down the river and see the university and get a real sense of the history around it.
I couldn’t help but be a little underwhelmed, but I think that the weather not being in our favour was instrumental in this. I’d had hopes of picnicking by the river in the sunshine and taking a punt down the river.
Not to be put off though, we do have a groupon voucher to use to do just that. So we shall return Cambridge, this time with the children and hope the sun brings out the magic I feel Cambridge in the rain was hiding.
Rob and I have always talked about sharing our childhood haunts with each other. Anglesey was the first stop. Many a childhood memory was made here thanks to my Great Grandparents home being here. We spent time here as children and it was magical. It was really important I got to share this with Rob.
We were able to explore a huge amount of the Island very easily given its size. We also did it relatively cheaply. Our only costs were parking and entrance to Beaumaris Castle and at just over £14 for 2 adults. I didn’t think it was too bad. We’d have stayed much longer and probably had our picnic there if the weather had been better.
There is so much to see that you really don’t need to spend a lot of money. We saw some beautiful beaches, there is of course plenty of walks and costal walks to discover and historical sites to explore. I didn’t actually expect to enjoy looking round burial chambers but there is something really special about them.
I am keeping this one on the list because there is so much more I want to see and do but with the children next time.
I have been here a few times over the last few years, but again childfree. Now if you’ve ever been on a nice day you’ll no doubt have seen lots of children playing in the water and I think it is so lovely. I am desperate to take the children and let them enjoy being kids. Plus the smell of the fish and chip shops and the water on your feet and you could feel as if you’re at the seaside!
It is one of the prettiest places I have visited in the UK and if it wasn’t for all the tourists I’d live there!
Now if you know me at all, you’ll know I love London. I love the history and the fact that around every corner is something wonderful to see. (Plus the Queen lives there and it makes it easier to stalk her!)
F and I have been loads of times but I’d really like to take the girls on a tour of my favourite place.
Like Cambridge,I am really keen to explore Oxford. I have been many times before but I have never seen anything other than the insides of relatives houses.
Let’s just hope we get a better day than we did in Cambridge!
I have recently read a lot of blogs from Lyndsey at Me, Him, The dog and a baby and it has really made me want to go back. I think I was 10 or 11 when I last went but there is so much to do there, plus it’s so pretty.
Maybe a little camping trip is needed Mr P??
I went to Liverpool for the first time last year and I loved it. I was hoping to do lots of sight seeing but I needed a dress for our blessing the next day so poor F got dragged around every shop I could think of, Poor kid!
So this summer I am going back and taking F and my Dad with me. My Dad’s side of the family hail from Liverpool way back and he is also a huge fan of the Beatles. We did go to the Cavern club last time we were there and I can’t wait to share how amazing the place is with my Dad.
Again, this is somewhere I have visited with my parents, I was probably around 16 at the time and maybe didn’t really appreciate it as much as I should have done. But everyone always tells me how wonderful it is. I do remember loving the Jorvik Viking centre though and I know the children will to.
This one may not be possible this year but it will remain on the list. I have never been to Ireland at all but have always wanted to.
More than ever now since watching Game of Thrones. I really want to go and do all the tours and see these iconic places for real.
Another place that seem’s like somewhere I should have been but haven’t. I do love these old City’s. They have so much to offer and gives the history lover in me some fascinating insights in to the country we live in.
There are of course many many other places I have either visited before that I want to go back to and or that I am yet to discover. But let’s take it one mini bucket list at a time.
And that’s before I even think about my Worldwide Bucket list!
Whats on your bucket list? Of the places I have listed above do you have any recommendations or blogs on them that you can share with me? I am always looking for new places and inspiration.