Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 05:47:31 PM EST
Lychee mentioned in Thursday's OT that she has relatives who are known to have lived in Mold.
Where? Yes, Mold, a charming town in North Wales.
I promised to post photos of this beautiful region for Lychee in the photoblog, but as thematic and voluminous as my selection of photos became, I thought it needed a diary.
So on we go with a lazy photo diary.
I had the unique opportunity to sniff around and discover parts of North Wales in 2003, from Mold, to Abergele, to Snowdonia, to Barmouth, Llangollen and back to Mold, over the course of several outings.
Map of the general route :
A few images of the creeks and fields between Mold and Porthmadog:
Further along, the beautiful expanses of fields.
Then there was an extraordinary hike to the summit of Cadair Idris, with views of the lake, which goes by the same name.
It isn't apparent in the photo, but the path was virtually straight up, no switchbacks.
I took the opportunity to rest for a moment along the climb down to photograph a beautiful tree.
Back at sea level, a few images from the northern coastline.
And a sweet, gaff-rig sloop:
Back inland towards Llangollen and Mold, a stop at the ruins of the Abbey Valle Crucis:
North Wales is a unique and very beautiful bit of country. I instructed my driver to stop immediately so that I could take following picture:
What I find so seductive about North Wales is its quiet yet riotous colorfulness.
For you, Lychee. May you and others have the pleasure to visit North Wales, one day.