A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Rhossili Sunset

You may be aware from previous blog posts that I really love sunsets  (link to blog post) and the occasional sunrise (link to blog post), so I thought I'd share a few snaps from a recent trip to Rhossili, on the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula in Swansea.

I'm a firm believer that Wales has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, and Rhossili is the perfect place to enjoy one.
My boyfriend and I went for a fish & chip supper at the Worm's Head Hotel, a cliff-top property which has stunning views of Rhossili Bay. It has indoor and outdoor seating, and whilst it was a bit too chilly to sit outside on this occasion (typical Welsh summertime weather!), I was able to nip outside to get some shots of the sun going down over the horizon. The food and service was great (traditional pub grub) but the restaurant itself is a little dated. The views, however, are fantastic!
It was so lovely hearing the waves lapping against the shore, and seeing the reflection of the sun on the sea as the sky changed colour.
Isn't it lovely how the simple things are also the most beautiful and special things? 

Thank you for reading, Angharad x

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Best of Barbados

I'm proud to showcase Wales on my blog, but I also love to travel as well, so I thought I would share with you my experience of the beautiful island of Barbados. We visited the island in February, and it was the perfect escape from the cold and the rain in the UK.

Barbados is an island which really has it all; fantastic weather, friendly locals, amazing food, stunning beaches...I could go on. If you're thinking of going there then you may like to read this quick round-up of the best places on the island.

The best beach 
There are lots of fabulous beaches on the island, and they're all special in their own unique way, but Dover Beach was our favourite. Located on the south coast, it's a large, clean beach of powdery white sand and it's not too overcrowded with sun loungers. There's plenty of space to relax under a palm tree, take a dip in the ocean, try some water sports, or grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants and bars in St Lawrence Gap.

Best spot for lunch
Lone Star is a boutique hotel and restaurant in Alleynes Bay, on the west coast. The restaurant is light and airy, with wooden interiors painted white, and bevelled mirrors and ceiling fans, overlooking a gorgeous ocean view. The atmosphere is stylish yet relaxed, and the food is delicious. I had Boston lump crab with salad, and D enjoyed the American black Angus beef burger with hand cut chips. For dessert, we shared some delicious donuts with caramel sauce and crushed pistachio, accompanied by vanilla ice cream. It was a memorable meal, and later on we strolled along to a secluded cove further along the coast and we went snorkeling. It's a beautiful place and I would love to go back.

The best surf
If you're a seasoned surfer then you need to head to Bathsheba on the east coast. If you're not a surfer (I'm not!), it's still worth a visit because it's pretty cool watching the surfers catch the smasher 12ft waves from the Atlantic. The Round House restaurant, perched on the hilltop overlooking the "Soup Bowl" is a great spot to do this. The restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine, and has indoor and outdoor seating.

Best place for a cocktail
Everyone enjoys a cocktail when they're on holiday, so you may as well do it in style. With this in mind, we took a trip to Sandy Lane. We strolled in off the beach (which was frowned upon), so you should really make a reservation. However, we stayed for a bit and I enjoyed a rather nice strawberry daiquiri. It's pretentious, but if you're curious to see what the big fuss is about then I would suggest that you go and take a look.

The best place to watch the sun go down

Anywhere on the west coast is a great spot to watch the sun go down. One of my favourite places was at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel. The palm trees were so tall, and looked wonderful against the setting sun. My favourite time of day on the beach is when the sun is setting; it's so beautiful.

Best for nature
The whole island is full of beautiful flowers, creatures, sights, and sounds, just waiting for you to discover them! It really is a photographer's dream...there are so many amazing colours, and the light is stunning.

We absolutely LOVE Barbados, and we can't wait to go back. 

Have you been to Barbados? Where are your favourite places to visit on the island? 
Thank you for reading! Angharad x

Monday, 20 June 2016

Dark Hedges

You wouldn't expect a load of trees along the roadside to be such a tourist attraction. However, Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, proves otherwise!

The avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House.

The trees remain a grand and imposing feature, and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

If you're a fan of Game of Thrones then you may recognise the iconic trees, as they have been used as a filming location to represent the King's Road. I think I must be one of the few people who isn't a fan of Game of Thrones, but the trees are nonetheless impressive!
We got out the car and were immediately impressed by the grandeur of the magnificent trees. It was a beautifully sunny June afternoon,  however, I could imagine the road looking very spooky and even more dramatic on a dark, foggy winter's night.

We enjoyed walking through the tunnel of trees, and there weren't too many other tourists. Get there early if you want the place to yourself.

The tangled trees are so beautiful; it's amazing to think that they have been here for over two centuries. There's farmland on either side of the country lane, making it feel peaceful and remote.
The countryside in the surrounding area is idyllic, and it's not too far from the Giant's Causeway. I would definitely recommend visiting both attractions on the same day.

If you're a fan of nature or Game of Thrones (or both!) then you must add this to your list of places to visit in Northern Ireland. The attraction is free; just park up your car, take a stroll, and take lots of photos :)

Have you visited Dark Hedges? What did you think? Thank you for reading, Angharad x


Saturday, 18 June 2016

Giant's Causeway

The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is somewhere that I'd always wanted to visit. I remember seeing a postcard of it when I was younger, and thinking that it looked amazing. Imagine my excitement when my lovely boyfriend took me there! It's located in County Antrim, on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, and it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

We parked in the National Trust car park, which is pretty expensive (£9 if I remember correctly). However, if you're a member of the National Trust then there's no parking fee (yay!).

We walked along the coastal path, along with the many other hundreds of visitors from all over the world. I wasn't expecting there to be so many people; all the photos of the Giant's Causeway that I'd seen had given me the impression of it being a remote place, far from civilisation and people clutching selfie sticks and cameras. The stunning rock formations certainly draw the crowds in, and you can see from the photos why it's such an attraction.

Here are some photos of all the crowds of people, to give you an idea of how busy it can get:

Let me take a selfie!

The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. It really is awe-inspiring that nature can create something so unusual and impressive.
Everyone else seemed busy taking photos and clambering over the rocks, so it was nice to sit down away from the crowds and enjoy the view. We'd been sitting there for a while, when a lady came up to us and told us that we looked so comfortable, and asked us if we would like her to take a photo of us. We gladly took her up on her kind offer, and took some snaps of her in return.
While we were looking out to the sea, we saw a seal in the water. It was lovely to see him (I'm assuming it was a "he") bobbing up and down. We wondered if he was looking at all the people on the land, and gave him a wave :)

There were lots of beautiful flowers in bloom along the coastline, and the weather held out all afternoon, which was wonderful.
Have you visited the Giant's Causeway? What was your experience? 
Thank you for reading! Angharad x

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