A nice little town in Wales that we visited while on a day tour with BusyBus tours.
Betws-y-Coed is a village in the Conwy Valley on the verge of the Gwydyr Forest in Wales. Lying in the heart of Snowdonia National Park at the intersection of four gushing rivers, it is North Wales’ most popular inland resort and accommodation provider. The village has been attracting visitors for centuries to experience its scenic beauty and numerous outdoor activities.
Source: Odyssey Traveller
Photos from a day trip over to see Cardiff when staying in Bristol. We had a look around at the shops and visited Cardiff Castle. Some information about Cardiff Castle to follow...
2000 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, the Castle has nearly 2,000 years of history just waiting to be explored. It all started in the 1st century AD by the Romans who built the first in a series of forts. In the 11th century, the Normans constructed the Keep that still dominates the Castle Green to this day. The medieval Lords of Glamorgan began work on the House during the 15th century.
Source: Cardiff Castle website
More about the history of Cardiff...
Cardiff, Welsh Caerdydd, city and capital of Wales. Cardiff exists as both a city and a county within the Welsh unitary authority system of local government. It is located within the historic county of Glamorgan (Morgannwg) on the Bristol Channel at the mouth of the River Taff, about 150 miles (240 km) west of London. The origins of its name are a point of debate but are widely believed to have come from an English corruption of the original Welsh title Caer-Taff (Fort on the Taff).
Source: Cardiff Castle website
"Jatiluwih area has always been known as one of the regions in Bali that produces great quality of rice. Still, back in the days, the locals did not realise that they have shaped the nature into such a spectacular way, that would be seen as worth been protected as a UNESCO Heritage Site. So today, Jatiluwih is also one of the attractions in Bai, that are worth a visit for sure. Jatiluwih is located in the highlands (700 meters above the sea levels), and nearby the second tallest volcano in Bali, Mount Batukaru, The area has hilly contours with fertile soils and offers an incredible scenery. It spans more than 53,000 hectares agriculture fields covered mostly with rice terraces."
"Set within the highlands of the mountainous Bedugul Regency in Bali, atop a plateau that sits on Lake Beratan, stands the majestic Ulun Danu Temple. In the mild, mountain weather, approximately 1,500 meters above sea level, the air is crisp and cool. The stunningly clear lake is calm and almost perfectly still, save for the soft breeze that occasionally sweeps across, creating tiny ripples upon its surface. A thin mist rises from the lake and hangs in the air, surrounding the temple, giving it a somewhat surreal appearance."
"The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast is a spectacular area of global geological importance on the sea coast at the edge of the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland. The most characteristic and unique feature of the site is the exposure of some 40,000 large, regularly shaped polygonal columns of basalt in perfect horizontal sections, forming a pavement. This dramatic sight has inspired legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland. Celebrated in the arts and in science, it has been a visitor attraction for at least 300 years and has come to be regarded as a symbol for Northern Ireland."
Source: UNESCO's World Heritage Centre