Wednesday, 6 January 2010

New Years Day 2010



As promised, a more upbeat New Years post! For New Years we travelled up to North Wales and spend time with our family. This consisted of a rather fantastic Raclett on New Years Eve, a trip up to the foot of Snowdon (by car) to enjoy the brilliant sunshine, and a impulse purchase (more on that later).

Here are some photos:

Me in my most favouritest hat trying to keep warm

This is the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel. It has simple Alpine charm, and I can't wait to go back soon.

In the words of the Sunday Telegraph 'A national treasure, in the same family since 1947, this delightfully eccentric climbing inn has changed mercifully little over the years and offers simple pleasures in abundance. After a day spent walking in Snowdonia, come home to a sauna in the garden followed by a dip in the natural pool, then a hearty dinner announced by a gong and a night in one of the plain, spotless bedrooms, with no frills except fluffy towels, monogrammed linen and a decent bar of Imperial Leather soap.' (Sunday Telegraph, January 28 2007 - Insiders' Guide)

I spent most of New Years Day declaring to anyone who would listen that I was going to climb Snowdon, so I could stay at this hotel. My brother kindly tried to explain that it perhaps wasn't the best time of year for it, and that my fitness levels may not be quite up to scratch. I suspect he may be right.

At said hotel we had an early afternoon snack

My brother James relaxing underneath a print of (I assume) Hillary and Norgay, who based the training camp for their Everest climb at the hotel in 1953. The hotel itself is peppered with climbing memorabilia (what you can't see in the pictures is the climbing boots suspended from the ceiling above James' head).

Snowdon itself was heaving! Can you see all the tiny people ascending on the path halfway up the mountain? We remained safely in the car, but did get stuck in a traffic jam for a while. I bet the people climbing up enjoyed it - the weather was fantastic.

Happy New Year!

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