Weekend in Wales, pt. 2

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Sunday morning! Another lovely breakfast and another day out on the coach! This was an extra trip, not everyone signed on for it, but only one couple stayed back at the hotel!
We went to Llanberris, which is just down the road from Snowdon! We had been there before, but mostly rode the little Victorian train to the top of Snowdon. We had visited the little park in Llanberris, there is a small train ride there as well. This time we didn’t ride that train, we visited the Slate Museum…I know, almost too much excitement. But it was interesting, a very nice, funny man gave us a demonstration about how slate is cut and split. Also a lot of information about what it was like to work in the slate mines. Boys went as apprentices and didn’t get paid for the first year! They even had to provide all their own tools, and pay expenses if they needed to use the hospital! It was dangerous, unhealthy and basically slave labor!
The building itself was rather nice to look at from the outside.
slateminellanberis

slatemuseumllanberis
While we were inside, I looked up and saw the side of the mountain that had been mined…I felt incredibly sad, besides the human suffering, the mountain itself had this huge gash all the way down, and this was just one mountain that had been savaged. I felt like it had been wounded…ok, I’m weird! I know it provided some livlihood for lots of people…but they were hardly getting enough to live on, some fat cat who owned the company was living the life of ease. I do admit the mountains of Snowdonia have an effect on me!

Our time there was up and we got back into the coach and went down the road apiece to Rhyduu where we were getting on the West Highland Railway to Canaervon. (again, I hope I spelled that right!) This was what we were waiting for as we didn’t do that the last time we were there. This was a newer branch that had been restored and reopened as a Heritage line. So, the landscape was new! The train station in Canaervon is right in town and once you walked out of it, there was the castle looming!
canaervoncastle

canarvonstation

castle wall

townsquare
There is a lovely, big town square there. Even though it was Sunday, there were plenty of eateries and some shops were open. We had lunch there…I had a craving for cheese on toast! A typical Welsh dish! LOL! And some lovely local ice cream! It was a pleasant couple of hours, before we had to board the coach, yet again!
Back to the hotel, another good dinner and restful night!
The next morning we left around 9:30 after fuelling up with the usual good breakfast. Monday traffic wasn’t quite as stressful as Friday and we had an uneventful journey home! We were back to Felix the cat by 4 in the afternoon. He was happy to see us and demanded food immediately…even though Sid’s son had come by a few times to visit him while we were gone!

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