Day 7: Bangor – Penrith

Today was a little bit about castles, and mostly about driving.

We visited Conwy, Rhuddlan and Chester castles, and then drove from North Wales to the top of England. We will drive into Scotland tomorrow.

There will be less castles from now on – the English never got a long enough foothold in Scotland to build them! I’ve really enjoyed seeing the range of castles in England and Wales. They are each different, and each one gave us a little more information and how they were built and why they were important.

Penrith isn’t much of anywhere – half way between Manchester and Glasgow, just to break up the driving. The place we are staying at is lovely – a ye olde English pub with rooms above, full of character. And by character I mean it feels like it might fall over at any moment. But our room is great, well appointed with a huge king bed and warm and cosy.

The big news of the moment is the announcement of the next iPad. We arrived at our hotel in plenty of time to watch a live blog of the Apple event taking place in Cupertino. Its very exciting, since we will be here when the new device lands and hopefully we’ll be able to pick one up next week! I only have the iPad 1 so I’ve been waiting eagerly for this version to arrive – mine is just starting to get too old to be useful. Hurrah!

An example of an unrestored spiral staircase, and one that’s been fixed up. We’ve walked up a lot of these in the past few days. A LOT.

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2 thoughts on “Day 7: Bangor – Penrith

  1. Dinnywinny March 8, 2012 / 8:47 PM

    Awesome! Will we have a loch ness monster photo soon?

  2. aunty March 9, 2012 / 3:15 PM

    There doesn’t appear to be anything to hold. Scary ! a long way down !!

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