Anglesey- A beautiful Welsh gem

 

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Last weekend I went to Anglesey, which is an island in the North of Wales. I went for three days, and it was lovely. I always had it in my head that Anglesey was a much smaller place than it actually is. I don’t think a lot of people realise that it’s kinda big. Rich’s family own a cottage in Treaddur Bay, right near the beach, and it’s so beautiful. The above picture is a sunset taken on the beach there. We drove down from Manchester on Thursday night after work. We were expecting it to take around two and a half hours, but it actually only took about one and a half, which was pretty good going.

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On our first day, we went up to Chemlyn bay which is on the north of the island. It’s absolutely breathtaking. There’s pebbled beaches, blue sea, and it feels like there’s nothing for miles around. We spent hours just wandering on the beach, taking pictures of the views, and just enjoying being somewhere so relaxing.

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On the second day, we went to Beaumaris, which on the east of the island, right near the Menai bridge. It was such a lovely little town. We spent a few hours going round the little independent shops. Rich bought me a gorgeous handbag for Christmas (I know it’s a while off but you can never start too early), and we also visited lots of galleries, a Chilli shop, and shops full of trinkets. After a few hours of shopping, we went to an amazing fish and chip shop and had a walk down the pier, and walked along the sea front which had views of the Snowdonia national park.

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On the last day we were there, we went to Newborough which is on the south of the island. If you’ve ever been to Formby Beach in Merseyside, it’s quite similar to that. There’s a massive pine forest which borders the beach, and there’s also an island called Llanddwyn Island which is stunning. It has a little lighthouse, a ruined church and lots of little coves. I wish it had been slightly sunnier on the day we went as it would have been perfect for a picnic. It’s quite a walk so you need to take your walking shoes, but it’s definitely worth it.

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It was a fabulous weekend, and I can’t wait to visit again. If you need somewhere relaxing to charge your batteries, then definitely check out Anglesey, as it’s full of hidden gems! How many of you have been to Anglesey before?

 

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Verona- Stepping into a fairytale

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As you wander through the sunbaked streets of Verona, it’s as if you’re relishing in the history of the city through the eyes of a star crossed lover, soaking it up through shades of pink and red. Ever since I saw the film Letters to Juliet I’ve been mesmerised by the idea of visiting the beautiful city of Verona. There’s something so romantic about it and enchanting, as if you’re in a fairytale, a million miles away from the twenty first century. This city is what makes you fall in love with the Italian culture, it’s so real, and visual, and is exactly what you expect when you conjure up an image of Italy.  This beautiful place has something to see on every corner, whether it’s something as simple as a garden of eden like balcony, or the jaw dropping roman arena, and it makes you feel as if you live there, that you’re a part of it, and not just another tourist simply passing through.  The river is a deep azure blue, so clear the city can see itself at all times, doubling its beauty and dominating both land and water. It’s timelessly still, peaceful, and seems so open but not in a way that makes you feel overwhelmed. Verona allows you to get lost in your hopes and dreams, it lets you fall in love, and lets you slip into a fantasy, and it’s something special that everyone needs to experience at some point in their lives.