We arrived in Liverpool this morning, and set out for Conway (Welsh: Conwy) castle in north Wales out after breakfast. I was thrilled to get to see some of Wales, since I have family connections on my mom’s side that come from Wales. The castle was built by King Edward I circa 1283 (!) and gives a good impression of what a real castle looked like. The castle had many rooms, some with fireplaces, the walls covered with tapestries for additional insulation, some very deep wells, kitchen, dining room, even a retreat for the king when he tired of his rowdy guests. After Conway the bus driver took us to a village called Betws-y-Coed (that’s Welsh, English for Chapel-in-the-Woods) for lunch. Then we went a little further south across the moors of Wales with the landscape dotted with sheep, and back up to Liverpool. There was still time to walk around Albert Dock, check out its nice new Maritime Museum and the Museum of Liverpool (which of course featured The Beatles, and the two English Premier League soccer teams of Liverpool and Everton).
P.S. I made a photo collage of some of the day’s highlights so that I have to upload only one picture. I hope it gives an impression of the day. The ship’s satellite internet connection is very expensive and very temperamental !