Well, that was quite a flop for No-deal-Brexit Boris Johnson at the by-election in Brecon/Wales. About time to say something about Wales.
Brecon is at about the same level as Oxford, in Brecon Beacons National Park. Certainly a fine area but we feel drawn to Snowdonia where they have the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway and north of it there should be that notorious railway station with the world's longest name, Welsh and as such unpronounceable for us.
After some research work we make our decision for the Anglesey peninsular - the former druids' island - and in the town of Llanddona we find a first rate cottage: Hen Efail. From this headquarter we start our excursions. First of all we go to visit Llanfairpwll or to give it at full length:
A small, idyllic town like there are so many in Wales but the only one with this extraordinary railway station.
Naturally there's a nice shop where you can get everything distantly related to the station. Post cards will alway go and so we take a few.
In the 19th century a shoemaker thought of this tongue twister to make the that time village more attractive for business and move the railway company to build a station on the main line London–Manchester–Holyhead. The original name was Llanfair.
On we go to Holy Island with a long walk waiting for us to the South Stack Lighthouse.
As matter of fact that path down in serpentines is long indeed and the weather is hot. At least there is a cool breeze from the sea.
Lighthouses and castles are the most important venues hereabouts and logically now a castle follows. We find it at Beaumaris.
Beaumaris Castle - the castle has never been really finished but as to that is in a good condition. What fun to climb each single tower.
It's very quiet here, only the shrieking of the greedy seagulls now and then disturbs the idyll.
The so called Menai Strait in the Irish Sea is to be made out in the background. In about 60 km distance will be Liverpool.
We proceed to - guess! Right, a lighthouse: Penmons Lighthouse, starting with ruins but the small church, is in good shape.
Penmons Lighthouse, also Trwyn Du Lighthouse is located in the most eastern corner of Anglesey, close to Puffin Island.
The weather it not very dry but suits the local spirit.
Neither lighthouse nor castle in view, so we go for the Twr Mawr Lighthouse on Llanddwyn Island.
After a visit to the small 'Farmers Market' of Anglesey we reach this fascinating bridge by a number of detours.
The Menai Suspension Bridge is a chain bridge between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales. It connects the towns of Bangor and Menai Bridge. Before the bridge was finished in 1826, there was a ferry connection or respectively a walk through the mudflats at ebb tide to reach the island.
At last: The actual reason and highlight of our holiday: Snowdon Mountain Railway! We had beforehand studied lots of reports about this. All the time fog, rain, and poor sight was mentioned. So we waited for two weeks until he weather forecast was promising and made our booking.
Llanberis welcomed us with excellent weather. We parked our car at the outskirts and made a short round tour.
As expected, the Llanberis Railway Station is quite frequented, nothing doing without reservation.
Gosh, we haven't seen carriages like that for ages...
Better mind the kind sign which reminds you not to stay for too long at the terminus because after 30 Minutes at the Snowdon summit to train will go back. Quite a walk back...
As mentioned before, the carriage is really packed and no means to walk about.
More than once the train has to brake hard if one of those wanton sheep hops across the tracks.
The view is terrific of course and luckily I can open the small window at my side...
We had not expected oncoming traffic but there it is...
Also this however is routine work...
Sometimes also pedestrians are on the tracks. Small wonder because the rocky paths don't invite to walks. Some optimistic bikers we can see walking and pushing along their bikes.
Lots of lakes between the mountains, witnesses of last winter...
What a view into the valley: Lake Lyn Padam, where Llanberris is located.
We do notice indeed that we are getting higher, some pressure on our ears.
We reached our goal. Now we have half an hour to mount the last metres up to the peak or to post a card because here you will get the much demanded Snowdown Railway Mountain stamps.
The one train is ready to leave, the other will wait for us...
We're on the peak, no getting closer to the sky hereabouts.
Naturally I should have preferred some eagles circling instead of these common seagulls...
The train does not wait - back to the valley.
The way down takes as long as the way up. Quite a pity - and so gently home.
On the way we stop to take up two walkers, one of them has sprained her ankle.
The walkers are stowed away and on we go.
Certainly one of the country's tiniest stations.
We make no great speed but I think that everyone is happy to be on this route. Not far now to the terminus.
Where now? What about a castle, for instance Caernarfon in Gwynedd?
Caernarfon is a 'Walled Town' and so we enter it.
Lots of small coffee shops but we head, of course, for the castle...
Caernafon is embedded between the Menai Strait, separating the Welsh mainland and the Isle of Anglesy, and the Snowdonia Mountains. It is said to be the most impressive of all Welsh castles.
Everything in good order here, many visitors, but not crowded.
Look down to the town. That's what I call a phat sight!
About 90 % of the annual income of the country was squandered on this building - by a certain Edward I.
Anyway, it's fascinating! You can walk for hours and all the time find new paths and corridors.
Better schedule a few hours for visiting this castle.
After the said few hours we have seen a lot and rummaged almost everywhere. Now our feet are somewhat sore. To cool down we go to visit an exhibition in the cellar and then have done with.
Don't leave out the Aber Swing Bridge, a pedestrian bridge leading to a parc.
On our way back we pass this pub which is said to be the smallest in Wales.
Now, what might this street name mean...
For a finish we once more go to see a dream beach and a lighthouse near Newborough.
It is a lonesome and awsome area. We can see the Twr Mawr Lighthouse on Llanddwyn Island.
We made it! This the last lighthouse of our journey. If you can do without wilderness, bleakness, and a few midges, Wales is a little bit like Scotland. Anyway, the fees in Scotland are not that stiff.