Conwy

Conwy

Welcome to Conwy! Our final stop!

We were really excited to get to Conwy! We still had a jam-packed schedule so bright at early we headed to our first activity of the day - snowboarding! 
You would never believe it was where it was! Absolutely amazing views! We just became more and more baffled with how beautiful Wales was as we went further along the week!

Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre

Llandudno Ski and Snowboard Centre is situated at the top of a massive hill, 415ft above sea level so we knew when we took the drone out, we'd get some sensational shots of the town!

We made sure we had our legs and arms covered before we went, (which is recommended, but it was winter so I wasn't going in hotpants anyway) we got our boots and boards and headed towards the slopes with our instructor - Chris.

Considering my middle name is clumsy - we actually did okay! I nearly hung myself trying to get on the ski lift, but that was the only near fatal accident that day.
Chris taught us We were a bit rusty to begin with, we've only ever skied, ONCE, and it was with our mental mates (who is an instructor) who decided that one of the black runs would be fun for us. Needless to say, I did nearly die that day. But Chris was a very good instructor and once we got a bit more confident, we got a little higher. 

After a few bumpy rides up the ski lift (I just cannot keep my feet straight, so they ended up turning in and tripping me over, I looked like Bambi on ice) we got to the top and had a smooth sail down, after I let go of Chris. ha!

All in all, brilliant fun and a major work out! I was sweating when we left! But now we're late and we have to leg it to the zoo!

Welsh Mountain Zoo

When we got to the zoo we went straight to the map to see who we could visit and Oh My God.. There was snow leopards and sumatran tigers and bloomin camels!! This isn't your average zoo with a few goats and birds mate!
We didn't know where to start first, from the corner of my eye I could see bright pink flamingos - even though the weather wasn't the best, it wasn't going to rain on our parade! not today!

With excited faces we headed for the snow leopards. They were unbelieveable! If they weren't in that zoo, we would probably never see one in our lives. Absolutely amazing. After that we got chased by an ostrich, and from there we actually bumped into one of Craig's relatives, a Chimpanzee. I couldn't believe the resemblance, i've been with his 8 years but never met his North Wales side of the family. 
Right by where we parked were these HUGE camels. They either looked like teenage moshers/emos (gothic folk) with a huge fringe, or posh, with well travelled accents. We couldn't quite decide. Either way we agreed on the name Fransisco.
 

Bryn Williams Bistro

Bryn Williams little seaside bistro/bar/cafe was LUSH. By this point we looked like drowned rats because the Welsh weather - although fresh and crisp, was a little damp today. 

The bistro's interior design was spot on! I said to Craig if I ever owned a restaurant, i'd have it designed just like this one. It was gorgeous! Blues and different sea side textures and with the Christmas decorations and smells it was the cosiest place.

 

Craig can be hard to cater for sometimes being vegan, but it wasn't a problem here! The Chef whipped up a storm for him! It was so posh, Craig didn't even know what half of the ingredients were!
I opted for the catch of the day which was a smoked haddock fillet with a pea puree (could have eaten that on it's own, all day) and huge chunky chips, which was just perfect after I told Craig that restaurants usually put way too may chips on the plate and i end up trying to cram them in because I hate wasting food! There was about 7 chips on my plate - enough to satisfy and not have my trouser button popping off.

The Quay Hotel & Spa

After a good few days with fast paced activities and a hell of a lot of driving, we couldn't wait to get settled into the Quay Hotel, not just because it was super plush, but because we had massages booked in! YES!

We arrived at the hotel when a wedding was in full swing - me, drowned rat number one walked in and tried to find the reception. We booked in and had all 1,509 (you don't realise how much equipment we took!) of our bags carried into the room for us - even if we didn't look it, we felt like royalty.

Our room was huge! You know when a place get the lighting just right? It was just the right mood! There was also patio doors which led into a little back garden type bit with an amazing view of the Menai Strait. Craig spent a lot of time out here, not necessarily because he loved the view, but because he had a lot of gas after his vegan masterpiece and was banish out there.

We settled in the places looked like a bombsite within 3 minutes. 
When we checked in the lady told us our treatments (whoop) would be booked in for around 3pm and we should arrive in our robes, hanging in our cupboard.
We got showered and clean and made our way to the treatment room.

When we arrived we were shown to the relaxation room. There were special lights and a glowing wall with what looked like stars sparkling on it. We chose our beds and got under the softest blankets that were laid on them. It was very quiet which was just what the doctor ordered.

After a quick snooze we were called in to the double treatment room which was so warm and smelt amazing. There was very soft music playing and the ladies sprayed two different scents on each of our wrists and asked which one we preferred. Funnily we chose the same one. 
We had a neck, back and shoulder massage for 1 hour each. Amazing is not even the right word. Craig has his a lot harder than me, im fragile, but the pressure was perfect.
We had a quick dip in the pool, steam room and sauna and headed back to our room to get ready for dinner.

After landing back on planet earth we were hank marvin. When we checked in, Sharon, the loveliest person ever, booked us in for dinner at 7.30. We got some Margaritas in and placed our orders, Craig being VIP in the kitchen again was cooked a concoction of goodness. I had pate to start and struggled to figure out what the 'gum' looking thing on my plate was only to be told it was a fig. Delish. I ended with a sticky toffee pudding because you have to.

Sleeping couldn't have come sooner for us, we were zonked! Bring on tomorrow's antics!
To check out this day in video form - click below :D

 

Conwy Day Two!

Congrats on reading this far! Haha I know this one is a long one! It's full of fun and we didn't want to scrimp!
So we've made it to the very last day of our North Wales trip!
We thought we'd got away without braving any freezing water activities BUT today was the day and we couldn't be more excited!
We jumped in the car, and for one last time drove through the most incredible beautiful scenery or North Wales to get to our next destination.

Surf Snowdonia!!

Did you know that there is a inland surf lagoon of fresh water around the size of 6 football pitches in the middle of the most beautiful Snowdonia mountains that mechanically give you the most incredible and perfect waves for more than 150 meters? OMG no? GO NOW!!

Surf snowdonia is SO flipping good mate! I'm not even a great surfer! We found this out in Hawaii when I asked the instructor to come back into shore after around 30mins of a 2 hour lesson because travel sick Tracey got the better of me. That, added to my middle name of clumsy doesnt bode well for me.

Surf snowdonia is the best place ever if you want to learn to surf or just have a go! You don't have to spend all of your time and energy paddling out to the middle of the sea only to be dragged back in, the waves are timed and come around every 3 minutes, which gives you time to do a little flat paddling to get to your position. There are three positions depending on how fabulous at surfing you are, beginner (holla), intermediate and advance. 

The picture above is a shot we took the first time we came to SS! These are the little pods you can stay in overnight to make a weekend or week of your surfing antics! They're super cheap too and the cosiest little things - highly recommend a weekend here, the backdrop is just gorgeous! It really is a little gem of Wales and so much fun!!

After a short little lesson on how to use the board and stand up etc, we got in our yellow beginners vest and hit the water! It wasn't as cold as I thought, well we wearing boots, gloves and hats - snug as two bugs! It certainly woke us up though!
I was determined to stand up on the first go because I didn't want to fall in the water and have it go down the back of my neck - my warmest part! haha I actually managed it, until Craig's board came over mine and smacked me off! This happened a few times, i'm sure he was trying to sabotage me! He got into the swing of things and remembered how good he was, then started showing off in front of everyone. Alright Craig Kelly Slater Holmes, calm down.

It's safe to say I unfortunately wont be joining the winter Surfing Olympics 2018, as good as I think I was. But what a brilliant morning!

Cae Mor Hotel

After spending some time walking around the Surf Snowdonia Christmas markets we headed to our warm Hotel for the night!
For our last night we stayed at the Cae Mor Hotel in Llandudno which was just lovely! Our huge room looked out onto the seafront and there were views for miles. The bathroom was massive and someone had put the heating on for us before we arrive - thanks for that guys!
We only had a bit of time to change and dry our hair before we headed out to the Conwy Winter Festival.

Conwy WinterFest

As the day got darker we drove into Conwy town, passed the castle (yep another one!) and passed crowds of people! We were excited to know what was going on, because as usual, we didn't have a clue!

Conwy has the prettiest streets, especially with the Christmas lights, it's like a gorgeous cute little village with lovely, friendly people, somewhere i'd like to live when i'm all grown up.


At the festival there were donkey rides and parades with fire, choirs singing in the cobblestone streets and a generally happy and fun atmosphere. All of this paired with a castle backdrop can only be described as magical. Everyone really get into character, everyone was dressed up with make up and costumes and you can really tell there is a lovely community vibe here. We stood out like sore thumbs, especially when we accidently left too early (thinking we were going to miss the traffic) and ended up literally driving into the parade because they came up the street we were driving down... or was it the other way? haha either way we looked like muppets and frantically pulled over into a lane - thank god it was there! 

Venue Cymru - Aladin 

Leaving the Conwy WinterFest with red faces there was no better place to end the week than in a dark room where no one could see us and we couldn't make a fool out of ourselves.
Venue cymru is a theatre and conference centre, and it just so happened to be right next to our hotel - brilliant, we'll have 4 a gin and tonics and i'll get Craig to carry me home.

Although we weren't allowed to film the show - we couldn't give it all away now could we?! It was fabulous. We left the theatre (not just full to the brim with ice-cream and sweets) but with big smiles on our faces from laughing so much. The theatre was full with families and grandparents and it was lovely to see so many happy faces.

A MASSIVE Thank you to everyone that helped make our trip as spectacular as it was. As you can see in the videos, we had a flipping great time! North Wales is so beautiful, we would definitely recommend it for a holiday! And we cannot wait to experience it in the summer.
To watch the second day in video form click below:
 


Until next time,
Peace and Love,

Aimee and Craig xXx

Anglesey

Anglesey

Day One

ANGLESEY! What a place! As soon as we drove over the first bridge on to the island we were like 'yes, this place is going to be IMMENSE!' and we weren't wrong. The weather wasn't the best but we were excited for our first activity. We were told it would be a surprise and to meet at the Ucheldre Centre...

Life Drawing

When we turned up to the centre it looked like a big church so we were expecting either pottery making, an arts and crafts lesson or to be baptised. It was none of the above, we were told we would be doing some live nude drawing. For a split second we looked at each other like 'whaaat?', and gulped thinking we'd be starkers whilst people drew our bits. Then the lady handed us a sketch pad and chalks and was like 'psyche!'. Luckily we were drawing a female model- win!
We'd both always wanted to do this, but never had a chance. Baring in mind the pair of us hadn't drawn anything properly for about 10 years...

We sat and drew the model for about an hour in various poses as we showed off our bad ass sketches to the instructor, who said that Aimee's head was looking 'a bit strange', her drawing was a bit weird as well... She told me that mine were of a Picasso level and that Aimee needed a stronger prescription for her eyes.

Rib Boat Ride

We then headed to Menai Bridge for a blitz around on a rib boat. We met Phil our instructor who was a bloody champion and completely made the whole tour. We flew around under bridges, mansions on the sides of the channel and one of the longest jetties in the world. We also found out that there is a 5* Hotel on the island called Chateau Rhianfa - we'll be staying there one day!
Even though it was wet and windy, there was a weirdly warm breeze as we flew through the water. If you are going to do this tour, then make sure you wrap up warm and hold tight to your camera to save it flying off into the water!

 

Barclodiad Y Gawres Beach

After our wicked boat ride we headed to Barclodiad Y Gawres. Which we later found out has a legendary burial chamber and a beaituful beach. There was such high winds and rain we couldn't stay outside of the car for more than 5 minutes. There was some head-case surfers battling the waves in the sea and a few cows watching them from the hills (not us). I bet in the summer this place is bloody lush!

3 Tros Yr Afon

We were now soggy and cold and in desperate need of a cozy bed to sleep in! As we pulled up to our banging cottage for the evening we were greeted by the lovely Jackie who had baked us a LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE!! We also had fresh tea and coffee waiting for us and a fire built ready to light- what a beauty! The house was just wonderful, huge cozy rooms, heaps of character and sea views. Jackie owns boltholesandhideaways.co.uk and was going to put us up in a windmill property for the night (check it out it's unbelievable!) But sadly it was fully booked! Just before we went to snoozeville we went for a late night feast at a tapas bar called The Midlands. The food was naughty and they even catered a few dishes for this vegan fella named Craig!

Day Two

The most important meal of the day is breakfast so we headed to the seafront and had coffee and scran at Pier House Bistro. Craig had some beans on toast with a coffee and I went for some scrambled eggs.

We were supposed to be walking through Newborough Forrest but it was chucking it down with rain so we went to plan B. We headed for Pili Palace and stopped off at a train station with the longest place name in Europe - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch so long it barely fits into one line! Aimee nailed the pronunciation, and I had a go... it wasn't great but Aimee got an A* in her Welsh GCSEs, showoff!

 

Pili Palas Nature World

We are both lovers of animals and freaky little creatures so this place was wicked! As soon as we walked in we were surrounded by butterflies and little birds flapping about. I found a butterfly trapped in a bit of mud so I scooper him up and put him in a giant bowl of fruit. He stuck a little straw tongue thing straight into a bit of mango and was absolutely loving it. There was all kinds of snakes and cockroaches and actually the biggest tarantula in the world... The Goliath Bird Eating Spider. No thanks. After all the hairy slimy stuff we found the goats and donkeys, gave them a little tickle then ran away.

When we first arrived we met Andrew and Malcolm who showed us around and then introduced us to 'the skid car'. It was a BMW with a mad frame around it with 4 extra wheels that can emulate ice, snow and oil spills- great news! We had a few laps in that whilst Malcolm hit the 'ice switch' and spun is into a 360. After a few laps we had the skid car down and we were driving like pros on ice. Next up was a spin around the track with Malcolm in the driving seat...

After about half a lap, Aimee starting getting a tad queazy so we had to bring her back in to chill out and stop her re-decorating the interior; altough in this picture Aimee looks like she's having the time of her life having a lol with our Malcs.

I then stepped in and did about 4 laps with Malcolm flooring the car on every straight and taking the corners like a mentalist- what a top ride!

You probably read that and thought 'really?!', yes REALLY. When we got there we were pleasantly surprised. Salt, flavoured salt, salted caramel sauce, vanilla salt, smoked salt - SO MUCH SALT! 

We were sat down and introduced to Halen Môn Salt by the lovely Becs (who just so happened to be a Kinging-It fan- hey hey!). We watched and intro video and how the company grew then we had a tour of the factory. At the end we got a taster of the different products and had a wander in the lush little gift shop. The location of this place is just perfect, right on the Menai Strait with lush views and we actually saw a beauty of a sunset just as we were leaving.

The Black Seal

After a huge day petting animals, trying to read Welsh signs, driving cars, eating salt we were in dire need of some scran and so we headed to The Black Seal to fill our bellys with food and alcohol.

It was proper Christmassy, super cozy and a lovely atmosphere. Top staff and a good selection of naughty food. They even catered for Vegans- winning! Aimee ordered Salmon with an asparagus Risotto and I opted for a spiced chick pea burger. Both cooked to perfection! We washed it all down with a a pink gin from the massive gin list and a local beer.

Blackthorn Farm

After packing our faces we were ready to get cozy and get a good nights sleep for the next days antics. Blackthorn Farm was the perfect place to relax after all the madness. We had a lush room with two beds, unfortunately Aimee wouldn't sleep in the one in the corner so I had to share the double with her... Fumin.

To see what we got up to on our Anglesey adventures click the videos below:

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