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I’m Natalie from Gorgeous and Geeky, a lifestyle and beauty blog.  I’m a mental health support worker and blogger with a passion for travel, Star Wars, cats, and gin.  I currently reside in Wales, but I am originally from Florida.  I moved to Wales in 2012 to start a life with my partner, Martyn, who is from Carmarthenshire.

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Why I chose to write about North Wales…

I chose to write about North Wales because I have fond memories of this trip we took in August 2012.  I had recently moved over and wanted to see more of Wales, so we decided to go to Llandudno for a few days.  We drove through Snowdonia National Park and listened to Train the entire way.

5 things to see and do in North Wales

Snowdon

We hopped the train from Llanberis Station to the Summit of Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales and the fourth highest mountain in the UK.  When we got to the top, it was misty and grey, but gorgeous nonetheless.  We were lucky enough to witness the Olympic torch being lit, too!

North Wales - Snowdon

Llandudno

We stayed here and loved the atmosphere of this quaint, seaside town.  My favorite part of Llandudno was the beach and Victorian promenade, which offered an idyllic setting.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is linked to Llandudno.  Carroll wrote this story to entertain his friend’s daughter, Alice Liddell; Alice’s family built a home, Penmorfa, in Llandudno and holidayed there.  There are numerous statues dedicated to Carroll’s masterpiece, featuring the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit.

North Wales - Llandudno - Mad Hatter

Conwy

One afternoon we drove into Conwy, a “walled town” on the north coast on Wales.  The walls are quite impressive and have been standing since the thirteenth century; the castle and the walls were built by Edward 1, who was attempting to conquer Wales.  Conwy has great historical significance, but also boasts beautiful landscapes.  One can enjoy an afternoon stroll along the bay and gaze into the Irish Sea.

North Wales - Conwy Bay

Portmeirion

If you are afraid of flying but want to visit Italy, I suggest traveling to Portmeirion.  Sir Clough Williams-Ellis arguably enjoyed the Mediterranean so much, that the decided to design and build his own version.  Once you step into Portmeirion, you will be transported into another world, especially if you have good weather.  There is plenty to see, do, eat, buy, and photograph!  I cannot say enough good things about this day out; I would love to go stay on-site, eventually!

North Wales - Portmerion

Blaenau Ffestiniog // Llechwedd Slate Caverns

On our way home, we drove by the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and decided to stop in. This is where I first tried “cawl,” a traditional Welsh soup.  We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and learned quite a bit about the history of mining for Welsh slate during our time 500 feet underground.  We got to watch people engage in “slate splitting,” and you can even give it a try yourself if you book in for a slate workshop.

Natalie’s Recommendation for Food & Drink in North Wales

While I don’t remember where we ate on our visit, I did want to visit Watson’s Bistro.  The menu looks superb, though I must admit I will do my best to go anywhere with crème brulee!  All joking aside, this family-run business appears to maintain a cosy and outstanding dining experience.  http://www.watsonsbistroconwy.co.uk

A map of things to do in North Wales…

Other recommendations from Natalie

Sightseeing

North Wales - Conwy Castle

Things to see & do

Food & Drink

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  • Food & Baker

    We’d love to visit more of Wales at some point as we’ve been in the boarder line parts as James is from Chester but we’ve yet to explore more there and this is now on the list!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

  • Gwennan Rees

    Now this is a blog post I can get on board with! Even though I live in South Wales I’ve been to all of these places in North Wales, in fact several times! Llandudno especially holds good memories for me as we went there twice when I was in university in Wrexham – can’t beat chips on the seafront!

  • It looks so gorgeous here! I’d love to visit here and see all the wonderful things that you suggested! xx

  • Sarah Pears

    Eeee I love North Wales so much. My husband proposed to me at the top of Mount Snowdon so it’s a very special place to me 🙂

    Sarah | http://www.justbuttonsblog.co.uk

  • Aw North Wales is home for me, a piece of me is always there <3

  • Emma Ramsell

    I’d love to visit, or even climb up Snowden. North Wales is just stunning !
    Em
    Emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com xxx