An interesting cloud formation over Llandudno
provided a welcome (croeso) to North Wales.
The Winchmore Hotel (below left) situated right on
the sea front was our base for the week from where we would explore
the surrounding area.
arrival in North Wales was greeted by torrential rain but the
skies soon cleared and the following week we were only troubled
by the odd shower now and again. Thunder, lightning, hail and
even snow were reported on the national news but fortunately
for us, they by-passed Llandudno completely.
A pleasant late afternoon stroll under blue skies along the promenade
and onto the pier provided the perfect start to our holiday.
Llandudno's Pier stretches 2,220 feet into the sea and is still
popular with young and old alike.
As well as the usual amusements, children's fairground rides
and kiosks selling all the normal "tacky" souvenirs
from the seaside, the pier also provides a platform for anglers.
It houses the RNLI
kiosk where gifts and souvenirs of the not so tacky nature may
be purchased to help support this worthy organisation and finally,
it is an ideal spot to view the splendid limestone headland known
as the Great Orme (left). Look closely and you can see the Marine
Drive which circumnavigates the headland.