LLandudno.

Yesterday, my family and myself decided to have a day out in LLandudno, my Grandad had mentioned visiting here and Happy Valley to my mum and me last week and we thought it would be a lovely place to go. 

Such a beautiful day.

The weather was perfect, not too hot but very sunny with a sea air breeze, it was the best day to choose to visit lovely Wales. I’ve been to LLandudno before when I was a little girl, but I haven’t been back for years so I was really looking forward to it. The journey was just under a couple of hours and went pretty quickly as I, as usual, fell asleep.

Happy Valley.
Happy Valley.

When we arrived in Llandudno I couldn’t believe how picturesque it was, I’ve always thought Wales was really pretty but it is absolutely stunning, almost magical really. There are so many hills and mountains and I was shocked to see cable cars! There was also an adorable vintage looking Tram which takes you all the way up the hills, I think when I visited Llandudno as a little girl with my school we actually went on the Trams! 

Alice In Wonderland Mania!
Alice In Wonderland Mania!

To get into Happy Valley we had to walk up a large hill, which was fine for us but my Dad was pushing my Grandad in his wheelchair, so I stayed next to him spotting just encase, I like to think of myself as his Bodyguard, even though I’m only little but I try! Once we got to the top of Happy Valley, I noticed that the park actually continued even further up, sadly we could only stay at the bottom as it would have been too hard to push the chair all the way. 

I noticed some lovely sculptures in the park, first, a beautiful veranda with cards that looked suspiciously like the famous red and black ones in Alice In Wonderland. I decided to go over and take a picture of it and noticed small sculptures on the top of the veranda; The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit and The Smoking Caterpillar! I then remembered that a few days ago my mum had told me that there was an Alice In Wonderland theme in Happy Valley, needless to say I was very excited! 

Within our distance was a sculpture of Mushrooms and and Alice In Wonderland Book and Chair to sit on, The White Rabbit and The Cheshire Cat – which was of course, my favourite! It turns out all of the Sculptures were spread out over Llandudno, when walking along the front I also saw The Mad Hatter and I saw The Queen of Hearts when we were driving to Happy Valley. I went over to the map and read that Llandudno has a link to Alice In Wonderland and it turns out, that in 1861 the real Alice, aged eight years old visited! Therefore, the theme of Alice was created in 2002 from real trees that had fallen down and were carved into these iconic characters! Sadly I couldn’t find Alice or some of the other characters, but I’m sure if I go back I will definitely make a point of seeing them.




After we had eaten Lunch we decided to walk across The Pier Front and you had such an amazing view the further you walked. I noticed that just below where we had our lunch, Llandudno was carved into the grass in huge letters, it was so pretty, I didn’t have time to take a picture though. The Pier was filled with carnival rides and shops, I even found a beautiful magnet with Marilyn on it! I always feel so much happiness when I see anything Marilyn on my travels, it makes me feel like she’s always looking out for me and just puts a huge smile on my face. I also saw some gorgeous ornaments of Elsa and other Disney characters but sadly they were too expensive and I was more than happy with my Marilyn magnet.

We all had such a lovely day out in LLandudno and Happy Valley, thanks to my Grandad’s recommendation, but more importantly, my Grandad did and that’s what matters to me the most. Wales is so wonderful, it just has such a lovely feel and brings warmth to my heart, I’m very proud of my Welsh Heritage! 

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Wales.

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been in North Wales since Monday and I only got back today, but I took quite a few photos and made sure I brought some Old Hollywood Style to Trearddur Bay.

My family and I decided to go on a little holiday and take my Grandad with us, he hasn’t been away since 2008 so he deserved a nice break! On my Dads side I have a lot of Welsh Roots, which I’m very proud of! Both my Nain and Taid (Welsh for Grandad and Grandma) had Welsh parents and were brought up speaking Welsh and going to a Welsh Church. My Grandad only lived in Wales until he was two years old, but he’s been back so many times and still speaks fluent Welsh as well as English to this day! 

We set off early on Monday morning, the car journey was only two hours long so it wasn’t too bad and I like to sleep on longish journeys anyways. When we arrived there I was shocked by how cold and windy it was, our bungalow was right next to the sea and perfectly named, “Pedwar Gwynt” which means Four Winds in English and it couldn’t have been more right! 

Four Winds.

I’ve been to Wales quite a few times, but I’ve not been to Anglesey before, at least not that I can remember. But, the first thing I noticed about it was how aesthetically pleasing this Country was! It was so beautiful, quaint and peaceful – minus the wind. As I live in a City, it was so refreshing to see so many beautiful animals, I even saw a wild rabbit! I’m a huge animal lover, so it definitely was heart warming to be in such a different climate.

The first day there we had a little look around, went out for a meal at a lovely restaurant called The Sea Croft, which was basically a couple of minutes away and planned the next few days. During the evening I took a few pictures of the sky, purely because it looked, pink! I’d never seen anything like it and thought it was absolutely beautiful. I tried to get a few pictures outside but it was so windy that I had to settle for the window.

The next day we drove to South Stack, it was even more windy on the Tuesday and as there are so many hills to drive up in Wales, the wind could not be tamed! The main attraction there is a beautiful Light House, which you walk down too and it’s right on the sea, however, it was incredibly cold and windy, so we just walked half way onto the cliff which looked down upon The Light House. I actually thought it had started to rain because the wind was so powerful, it was blowing the seawater onto the cliff!

The main mistake I made was not bringing a hair scrunchie! My hair was literally out of control, so much so that I couldn’t see when walking back up to the car park and had to hold onto my Dad for safety. I was highly amused when I got back into the car and looked at my appearance – here’s a before an after! 

When leaving South Stack, I saw an adorable Shetland Pony (!) but sadly I didn’t get the chance to take a picture, I still had to share with you how cute it was though.  We then decided to visit Holyhead and walk across the pedestrian path overlooking the sea, it was a beautiful afternoon.

Naturally, I love capturing photos of my Taid and me, so here’s  a couple of selfies I took during our stay. He’s so sweet putting up with my technology!

On our last full day we went to Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, my Dad had known about this place for quite a while, so we decided it would be nice to visit. We stayed for about and hour and went as far as we could with my Grandad’s Wheelchair. The reserve trail was right next to the beach, I noticed that the sand was so fresh, I didn’t see any animals sadly, apart from other visitors dogs which was lovely. However, I saw the most beautiful tiny lilac flowers, I picked one and placed it in my braid, but sadly I lost it. 

Later on in the day we drove to Benllech, where my Grandad’s cousin and her daughter live. Sadly, my Grandad’s cousin has been in hospital for a week, she’s 90 years old and not in very good health. But it was still lovely for my Grandad to see Liz, she used to work in one of his Pharmacies when she was a student, so they go way back! We drove to a pub called The Ship Inn and had a meal there. I had Sticky Toffee Pudding, for the first time, shocking I know and I loved it, so I’ll definitely be having that sometime soon. Last year, a bunch of cats adopted one of Liz’s cars as a place to give birth, so she now has four cats, three of them are outside cats and the girl is an indoors cat. I have no idea how to spell her name as it’s Welsh, but it sounds like, “Mot Lan” and means Madam. I fell in love with her straight away! I’ve never seen a cat like her, she had such a thick fluffy tail. She reminded me of my beautiful Belle and I couldn’t wait to see her! Cats are my absolute favourite.

Such a beauty!

We got home pretty late at around half ten, it’s so strange being in the country as for most of the journeys I had no signal! It was pretty tough to  get used to being so obsessed with my phone, but a nice break.  Here’s a couple of photos of myself with my Dad and Grandad, I love them both so much.

During my time in Wales, I made sure to continue my Old Hollywood Inspired Style of course and here are a photos of my looks for each day. My favourite lipsticks of this week would be MAC’S Costa Chic, it’s very understated and has that Brigitte Bardot 1960s feel. My other favourite was Loreal’s Blake, it’s such a classic dark red and so 1950s.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I had such a lovely time in Wales and it will always have a special place in my heart. More importantly, my Grandad had a really nice time and after all he’s been through the last six months, if anyone deserves a good holiday, it’s him! 

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