Conwy Castle

Here are some photos of my mom almost passing out from a fear of heights:

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She’s pretending to play it cool by smiling and posing all nonchalant but I can assure you, she was puckered up to her eyeballs. Thankfully, I trend towards the other end of the spectrum and love to reach the highest altitude possible. As a result, I had a great time at Conwy Castle exploring and climbing all over Edward I’s medieval fortress.

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It’s hard to truly grasp the age and historical significance of many of the sites in England and Conwy Castle was no exception. Built between 1283 and 1289, the castle gives an immediate impression of strength and domination. It seems to almost grow out of the rock upon which it is perched and with a surrounding castle wall spanning three-quarters of a mile and guarded by 22 towers, you can’t help but be in awe.

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Despite it’s age, it was still very easy to imagine what life would have been like inside the castle walls. We walked through the stables, kitchens, great hall and even the private chambers of the King.

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The turrets were my favorite part as you could see everything from where the ovens once baked bread to the extremely rudimentary “bathroom” that would have flowed down the castle wall into the moat below. Plus, the views from the top were absolutely gorgeous.

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Lena had a great time wandering around and thankfully didn’t catapult herself over any ledges. After recovering from the high-walled walk into the castle, my mom was again in a panic over the possibility of Lena getting hurt. Luckily, my little munchkin is a professional tourist and doesn’t run off (too much). I love, too, that she is being exposed to all these amazing experiences from such a young age.

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After browsing the gift shop and picking out some souvenirs for my dad and brother, we took a break for tea and scones. This is my absolute favorite part of the day. How did I ever live before eating British scones?! Mmm…

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And what’s a castle tour without visiting a store dedicated to all things knight-related? The Knight Shop sat at the base of the castle rock and as soon as I saw the swords and helmets inside, I knew Jason would love it. They had everything from Viking swords to Braveheart replicas and even some crystals and dragon tchotchkes for the die-hard Ren-enthusiasts. My mom almost purchased a sword but then realized it might mean getting stuck in customs for the rest of her life. They’re funny about weaponry moving across borders. So instead, she bought a small viking helmet. Remember, Vikings = Norwegian = superior to everything else in the world. After a quick dorky family photo with the knight’s armor, we called it a day and headed back to Betws-y-Coed.

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