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Friday, 1 July 2022

A Trip To Betws-Y-Coed

Going on holiday over the last decade meant dealing with severe anxiety and depression because of having IBD (on top of the IBD). This year I was just over a month post surgery when visiting North Wales with my family and it's the best holiday I've been able to have in a long time.

Betws-Y-Coed

The house we rented was amazing, such a lovely little spot, close to the village but peaceful with our own garden. Gwen loved it. 
Trips into the village were picturesque to say the least. I loved the blend of branded and small owned businesses. 
There were many restaurants to choose from. We experienced a lovely Sunday Roast at the Ty Gwyn Hotel. The building its in is so beautiful, it's one of the few original coaching inns in the area.
We also thoroughly enjoyed afternoon tea at Craig-Y-Dderwen Riverside hotel. It was such a shame the weather turned slightly, so we were unable to lunch on the terrace but the views were stunning.
On our last night we ventured to the Gwydyr Hotel and had a more traditional pub meal. Delicious! Highly recommend the Welsh Steak Burger. The more modern outlay with the vintage twist in the decor was right up my street. I wish I took more pictures.
Not far from the centre of the village, towards Conwy, you'll find Swallow Falls which is a beautiful site. It's a quick visit stop, perfect to fit in for a day of light exploring.

Portmeirion

About a 40 minute drive and we were in Portmeirion. It was the first full day I spent out in so long. I loved it there and cannot wait to go back. Portmeirion Village was built by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis, also an environmental campaigner, he wanted to show how you could build on beautiful locations without spoiling them and man did he do that! Inspired by Mediterranean villages, a little Italian inspiration on the North Wales coast is a gem when it comes to the notion of "visiting your own backyard". 
I'm going to post a few pictures here, but I'm going to do a photo dump on my Instagram. I seriously took over 200 photos, it's that breathtaking. I highly recommend taking the time to visit.

That was my little trip away, I can't wait for the next adventure. 

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