N and I just spent the most fantastic weekend away together… EVER!  We’ve never actually gone anywhere just on our own with no family/friends/classmates, so we were all keyed up about going away together.  With our phones off and no technology to guide us, we hopped on a train Friday morning from Euston bound for the deep reaches of Wales, or Betws-y-Coed.

Commonly mis-pronounced as “Betsy-co-ed,” (it’s actually pronounced “Betus-ee-coid”) the town lies just in the foothills of the Snowdonia mountain range.  And my goodness is it beautiful!  Lying in a forested valley with streams and waterfalls and rivers galore, the town sports a wealth of local craft and art shops as well as homemade fudge and ice cream everywhere you turn.

And we definitely picked the right week.  The weather was uncharacteristically nice (for the UK) and sunny and warm.  Tres magnifique!  It was so warm we even managed to take a wade into a nearby stream to cool off between walks.

We stayed at a little bed and breakfast, Aberconwy House, just outside of the town centre and up the hill.

Even the walk to the B&B was romantic and idyllic—over a wobbly suspension bridge and through a field complete with sheep (and nettles, as N found out!).

We booked ourselves in Room 6, the four poster bedroom on the top floor and were not disappointed.  The room was absolutely gorgeous, the bathroom immaculately clean (I can’t help it, nothing ruins a holiday more than a grotty bathroom) and an amazing view from our window.

Emma, who owns and runs the B&B, was fantastic and so welcoming and friendly, as was Pat who served us our breakfast both mornings.  We even had chocolate mints left for us on our pillows the after the first morning!

All N and I could talk about all weekend was how much we just wanted to uproot ourselves and move to Betws.  We just felt calmer, more together and connected.  The air was cleaner, it was quieter and it was like back home for me without all of the aggro of flying and customs and jet lag.  The appeal of Betws-y-Coed wasn’t just limited to just us; Pat had fallen in love with the area as well and had moved there from the Midlands after retiring late last year!  Needless to say we were really jealous!

So yes, best weekend ever.  I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves or how much we look forward to going back (hopefully in the autumn).  We plan on staying at Aberconwy House again for sure, so we highly recommend it if you find yourself staying overnight in Betws-y-Coed!  For more info and contact details for Aberconwy House, please visit their website.

Next up is Jubilee Weekend (which I will enjoy from my couch as London will be hellish to travel through) and then I’m off to the US after that.  And amidst all of that chaos, Camp Nanowrimo starts in just a few days!


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