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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Snowdonia, Wales - The Mountains and Glacial Landforms...

"Keep your eyes on the horizon and your nose to the wind..." - Clint Eastwood

(Penrhyndeudraeth Train Station)

Date: 14 May 2017 (Sunday)
Route: Bangor – Penrhyndeudraeth
Distance: 35 mi (1 hr 6 min)

From Bangor we drove towards Cardiff using the smaller trunk roads via the Snowdonia National Park.

(A narrow country road)
(A wealth of picturesque country sides)
(Carefully choosing the correct route)

Snowdonia is a mountainous region in north Wales and a national park of 823 square miles in area. It was the first to be designated of the three national parks in Wales, in 1951. Snowdonia is concentrated around the mountains and glacial landforms of massive Snowdonia National Park.

(Entering the Snowdonia National Park)
(Delightful varied landscape)
(Enjoying the amazing landscape)

The park's historic Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland. The park is also home to an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks like Cader Idris and Tryfan.

(The Royal Goat Hotel)
(Smaller roads on mountain ranges)

Penrhyndeudraeth meaning 'peninsula with two beaches' is a small town in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. The town is close to the mouth of the River Dwyryd on the A487. The first section of this road is very narrow and rises steeply through Upper Penrhyn. In places it is so narrow that only a single vehicle can pass.

(A small town in Snowdonia)
(A quiet and peaceful mountain town)

The town has two stations, Penrhyndeudraeth railway station on the southern side of the village on the Cambrian Coast Railway to the north, Penrhyn railway station. Trains call here approximately every two hours on weekdays. Most southbound trains continue beyond Shrewsbury to Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International.

(Opened in 1867 on the Cambrian Coast Line)
(Beautiful surrounding landscape)
(Waiting for the train to arrive)

Most of the National Park in Wales is bare, grassy moorland grazed by Welsh mountain ponies and Welsh mountain sheep, with scattered forestry plantations, and pasture in the valleys. It is known for its remote reservoirs, waterfalls including the 27 m Henrhyd Waterfall and the falls at Ystradfellte, and its caves, such as Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.

(Scenic view all along the way)
(A sunny day and a clear blue sky)
( Oakeley Arms Hotel and rest area)
(Driving through mountainous road)
(A good road for bikers and cyclists)

It was a long journey driving on the country road but we enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Wales may be a small country but they have three national parks: Pembrokeshire coast, Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons national parks. The three Welsh National Parks protect an impressive 20 percent of Wales. The parks include precious landscapes, habitats, villages and heritage sites.

(Please take your litter home)
(A great beautiful scenery)
(A lone and lonely road)
(Grassland, as far as the eyes can see)

The Brecon Beacons National Park  is one of three national parks in Wales, and is centred on the Brecon Beacons range of hills in southern Wales. It includes the Black Mountain in the west, Great Forest and the Brecon Beacons in the centre and the Black Mountains in the east.

The Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre is opened for recreation activities and mountaineers could enjoy the scenery of the area from the mountain top.

(The road is busy here on Sunday)
(Cars parked by the roadside)
(Entering the city of Cardiff, Wales)

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