It’s summer, and if you’re like me you’re itching for a weekend getaway or two. While I usually look to Europe for my shorter trips, I’ve learned over the years that the UK has as much to offer as the continent. And while most of my British weekend breaks are to Scotland, I’ve had some amazing getaways in Wales. If you’re in the mood for a Welsh adventure, here are A Lady in London’s 5 picks for weekend breaks in Wales.
I always enjoy traveling, but when there’s food involved I love it. Food festivals are some of my favorite excuses to hop on a plane or train and immerse myself in local culinary culture. Which is why I’m excited to spend an autumn weekend in Wales at the annual Abergavenny Food Festival.
The best things about my home town in California are the hiking trails within a minute’s walk of my front door. They’re the things I miss most now that I’m a city dweller. But thankfully I don’t have to travel far from London to find the same setup. In fact, I’m in Wales now hiking Pen y Fan—the highest peak in south Wales—right from my doorstep.
My favorite thing about spring is flowers. Since moving to London I’ve tracked the blooming of the bulbs each winter, my inner Californian desperate for the warmth of spring. What I’ve learned is that the first flowers to appear are delicate white snowdrops. Longing for the days of tulips and daffodils, I’ve scoured the country this month for the best places to see snowdrops in Britain. After traveling the island, today I bring you photos from England, Scotland, and Wales.
A few months ago I published a post on the A Lady in London blog about the best time to visit London. In it, I was a bit unfair to poor February. I wrote that it wasn’t a great month to be in the UK, and talked about how this month’s weather always makes me want to move to the Caribbean. But maybe I was a bit harsh. And to prove to myself that February is a perfectly good month to travel in Britain, I’m spending a winter weekend in Wales.
It’s February, and that means Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Love it or loathe it, February 14th gives us an opportunity to express very un-British displays of emotion. Yay! (Sorry, was that too earnest? This American expat is still learning). If you need a little help demonstrating your affection this year, I’ve put together a list of the 8 most romantic places in the UK. These lovely travel destinations are sure to loosen your lips (and if they don’t, alcohol always helps. At least I’ve got that part of British culture sorted!).
I just applied for UK citizenship. Exciting as it is to almost be a (naturalized) Brit, I also feel like I should be a bit more…well…British. As such, I’m getting involved in the things people here enjoy. Like rugby. Here’s the story…
As my train trundles west along the north Wales coastline, I am in awe of the landscapes. On one side is the beach, rife with holidaymakers, beach umbrellas, and children running with buckets and spades. On the other are the thick green hills, which, if I watch patiently, reveal the turrets of ancient castles nestled amongst their folds. I am traveling to Llandudno, Wales, and I can’t wait to get there.