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25 - 29 May 1996


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On Saturday, 25th May 1996, at 8:20 a.m. I caught a flight from Düsseldorf to Birmingham where I met with Christian who was studying at Birmingham University at that time. Monday was a public holiday because of Whitsuntide, so we planned to go on a little tour around Wales. We picked up our rental car and around midday we dropped in at my penfriend Elayne's house near Whitchurch/Shropshire for a couple of hours to have a chat (I met her before twice). In the afternoon we continued towards Wales and we spent the night at a bed & breakfast place in Llangurig.
We hadn't booked anywhere in advance, but it wasn't a problem to find a place. The following day we reached Aberystwyth at the coast where we took a narrow gauge steam train to Devil's Bridge (£6.30 each) where three bridges have been built one on top of the other. The journey takes an hour each way. Normally the train goes all the way to Devil's Bridge but unfortunately there was a landslide this time so we were only able to go two thirds of the way. So when we got back to the station we took the car instead to go and see the bridges. The second night we spent at a B&B in Machynlleth.


The following morning we visited the Centre for Alternative Technology which was quite interesting (£3.00). They had displays of devices using solar, water and wind energy. Later we arrived in Llanberis at the foot of the Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, where we took Britain's only rack railway at 4:30 p.m. to reach the mountain top in one hour (£13.50 each). It was a beautiful sunny day. We also spent the night in Llanberis.
Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle
The next day we drove to Caernarforn with its impressive castle and we had a look at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, or in short form Llanfair P.G., the village with the longest name in Britain. In the afternoon we stopped at the coastal village of Beaumaris, Conwy and the seaside resort Llandudno. We stayed at a B&B in Colwyn Bay for the night.

Conwy Castle

On Wednesday the 29th we visited the pretty village of Betwys-y-Coed and Chirk Castle at the border to England. At 19:10 I had a return flight from Birmingham back to Düsseldorf.
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