Hazy Welsh Views, With Castles
Few of the photos I took of the Welsh landscape are not veiled by the hazy atmosphere, but judging from the picutures in my guidebook that problem is a persistant one. Does something like a clear Welsh sky actually exist?
Mountains at Dolwyddelan Castle
Of all the castles I visited, Dolwyddelan was the one with the most spectacular location, and the one offering the best climb. A bit like those German hilltop castles, just with fewer tourists and more sheep. The view of the Conwy Vale is breathtaking.
Dolwyddelan Castle, Llywelyn's Keep
While the whopping Norman castles are impressive, Dowyddelan felt more like an actual home. I sat in one of the Keep windows for some time, drinking tea, listening to the wind and looking at the mountains. There were no other tourists, and it felt really peaceful.
Another hazy view from Dolwyddelan Castle
And this is the view from said window. Though it should have been wine to go with the time; they didn't have tea then, poor Welsh princes. ;)
Conwy Bay, view from Anglesey to the mainland
It was a sunny day albeit a stiff breeze (to use a Hamburgian dialect phrase) rippled the water and blew the sails of the boats. It was my last day in Wales before I left for Chester, and I really wanted to stay longer.
Beaumaris Castle in the morning sun
One of Edward's biggies, constructed by his master architect James of St.George. Beaumaris stands out for its perfect symmetry and because of that gives an almost playful impression despite its double lines of walls and huge towers. The toy of a king.
Conwy River, seen from the Kings' Tower in Conwy Castle
A busy waterway these days that makes you forget the strait is the burial place of Llys Helig
, one of the sunken cities so frequent in Celtic legends. It probably takes a quiet night to hear the bells, though.
Another castle in Edward's iron ring
of castles in Wales. Conwy not only has an amazing castle, but the most complete town wall in Wales, a set of thick, multitowered fortifications. I walked small part of it but there was not enough time to promenade along the entire circle.
The evening sun glittering on the sea at Criccieth Castle
I love the sea in all weathers, but the low sun sparkling on the waves is the prettiest sight. It was my farewell to Wales: the sea, sun, wind, and a castle. Perfect.
Criccieth Castle atop the cliff
Another part Welsh part Norman castle, and like Dolwyddelan situated in a grand place - atop a cliff overlooking Cardigan Bay. The strongest part of the fortifications, the towers that still stand out today, faces the landward side.