Llandudno and The Great Orme

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Llandudno is another place we stopped off whilst visiting the picturesque North Wales. Located between Bangor and Chester and is one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations.

Llandudno is an old Victorian-era seaside resort with a 19th century pier and is said to be once an old favourite of queen Victoria. Along the pier you’ll find a number of shops, games arcades and not forgetting the wonderful views.

Llandudno pier

You can take a relaxing walk all the way to the end of this pier, the views are incredible!

The Great Orme

Llandudno is also home to the Great Orme (Y Gogarth in welsh)

The great orme is a huge chunk of limestone headland and is one of Llandudno favourite places for tourism.

The Great Orme has it’s own country park that can be accessed by cable car, tramway, by car or if your fit enough by taking the hike up.

No matter what way you choose, you will not be disappointed with the beautiful views, wildlife, fascinating geology, archaeology and history.

A shot taken from the top of the limestone

Just opposite of where I took this shot is a church and graveyard named after it’s founder St.Tudno, one of the seven son’s of king Seithenyn. It was built in the 12th century on the Christian site that dates right back to the 6th century.

If you are thinking of visiting Llandudno, don’t miss out the opportunity to see this Great little place.

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A place to wash your spirit clean, Snowdonia

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In September I visit North wales. One of the places I stopped off at was Snowdonia National Park, the largest national park in Wales and the proud owner of the highest mountain in both England and Wales. Yes, you probably guessed it, Mount Snowdon. Did I climb mount Snowdon? No I’m far too lazy for that, but I did hike a little into some moutains, after being driven up most of the way that is, Sshhhhhhhh!

Although my face says different, I really was having the time of my life here 🙂

I visited on a minibus shared with eight other travellers. We were taken to the most tranquil place, it literally felt like we had the whole national park to ourselves.

I honestly could not believe how beautiful and relaxing this place was! It was so silent with only the sounds of the waterfalls. It was like stepping into another world where everything stood still. A place where you could forget every worry in the world, a place where you could wash your spirit clean.

If your thinking of visiting North Wales, this is one place not to be missed.

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Exploring Liverpool Part3

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Video from my day trip to Liverpool three months ago! Better late than never.

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Exporing Liverpool Part 2

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Hi guy’s! Sorry it’s taken me so long to post part 2. I’m not the most efficient with getting my posts up but I promise to do better.

Before I get started……

I would like to welcome all of the new blog followers. Welcome and thanks for coming over and showing the blog some love. Also, I would like to thank the rest of you guys who have been here supporting … Thank you for your continued support here at Nattytravels, it is well appreciated, I’m truly grateful. Thank you!!

Taking off from where I left off

If you didn’t read part 1, you may want to take a look as this carries on from where I left off.

Albert Dock

Albert Dock

We arrive at Royal Albert Dock…. Albert Dock is a construction of docks and warehouse buildings which opened in 1846 and is part of Liverpool’s waterfront World Heritage Site. It was used for the loading and unloading ships from the warehouse. The construction design of the building made it a popular storage for precious item cargoes such as sugar, brandy, cotton, silk and tobacco etc.

As well as dominating the worldwide trade in the 19th century, the docks was involved in a number of things like, events of WWll when the cargoes become the target of German bombers. The bombs hit the docks and warehouses throughout the day and night during the May Blitz in 1941, which left a considerable amount of harm. In addition to this, the building was awarded a grade1 listing post-war, in 1960 and 1966 or was being considered for being demolished, in 1976 it is issued with a conserve and protect, by 1981 it is completely abandoned but is included in the regeneration of Liverpool.

Today the iconic Royal Albert Docks is home to arts and music culture, galleries, museums, restaurants, bars and a floating pop up cinema and attracts visitors of worldwide visitors a year.

Mathew Street

The street is an iconic street in the middle of Liverpool city centre, widely known for the cavern club, where the Beatles performed several times in their early years. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to visit inside because it was closed.

This street is one of the most popular streets in the world to experience a little Beatles history. The street is filled with a number of other Beatles themed bars in-fact, everything is Beatles themed. It’s just a great, quirky street to walk down and enjoy.

I enjoyed seeing this wall of fame of The wall of fame bar and kitchen.

Wall of fame

Hangry and confused by Eleanor Rigby

We’re taken to the monument of Eleanor Rigby. Not going to lie, I had no idea who she was and what her connection was with Liverpool. Nonetheless, I stick around in anticipation, even though I’m starting to feel a little grumpy due to hunger. Here’s what I could make of what I was being told:

  • Eleanor Rigby is a woman or name which was believed to be an inspiration for one of the Beatles best selling songs.
  • Paul McCartney has denied this to be true, saying it is a frictional character he made up.
  • There is a gravestone in Liverpool bearing the name Eleanor Rigby, a women who died in her 40’s in 1939. The gravestone has become a tourist attraction as part of the Beatles memorabilia, even though this lady is not associated with the Beatles
  • someone purchased the deeds to the gravestone for thousands of pounds

Now I’m stood looking at her monument! Yes! She actually has a monument! I don’t know who the statue is of, but it’s her monument 🤔 Now I’m hangry and confused! 😂

I leave the tour here as it goes overtime and I had a table booked at Cosy Club, which is a lovely little place to stop by if your ever in Liverpool.

The World Museum

Whilst having lunch at the Cosy room, I searched for places to visit as many places were still closed due to the pandemic. I wanted to visit the Slavery Museum or the Tate Liverpool, but neither one of them was open. It was a choice between The Walker Art Gallery Or the World Museum I chose the World Museum. So glad I did.

Spread across five floors, this museum is huge keeping you intrigued for hours. It’s offers such an educational and fun experience with its exhibits that range from live bugs, human anthropology, natural history, dinosaurs to space. In addition to this, there’s also an aquarium and planetarium.

This is probably the most impressive museum’s I’ve visited to date. Although some exhibitions were closed, I could see everything they would usually have to offer. This is a fabulous place for a family day out, there’s something for everyone here. I loved the mummy room!

Real mummies 🤤

Time flies when your having fun. This place kept me entertained so much I had lost track of time and it was time for me to catch my coach home. But not without any dilemmas.

My Dilemma

Before I’d arrived at the world museum after recharging my phone earlier using my compact charger, my battery was now low. I didn’t want to film too much as I needed to use Google maps to direct me to the coach station because I don’t take in directions very well.

I come out the museum switched on Google maps within 2 minutes my phone was dead. ‘It doesn’t matter, I’ll find my way’ I thought to myself. Then I suddenly realized my tickets were on my phone. Also I didnt have my bank card, I’d been paying for things using Google pay, so I couldn’t even purchase another ticket.

With 10 minutes to go before my coach is due, I manage to find a shop and convince them to let me use their plug socket to charge my phone. Whilst here, I get chatting to the shop assistant, loose track of time then realise I have two minutes before the coach leaves.

I leave the shop turning google maps back on and embarrassingly run through the city centre. I turned the corner, see my coach and start shouting to the driver as he’s about to step on to the coach…I get there, go to show him my ticket on my phone and my battery dies. Good job he believed I had a ticket and kindly let me board the coach 😂.

Exploring Liverpool UK Part 1

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Like many it’s been such a long time since I’ve been able to travel so, when the UK relaxed it’s locked down rules, I ventured on a day to Liverpool.

With no time to waste I booked a £5 return ticket with National Express . I had no idea what to expect or if many places were going to be open. I was just happy to get out of the house.

There was only around 5 other people on the coach all the way there, and back for that matter. If I’m honest, I really enjoyed that there wasn’t many people on board, It was the most peaceful journey ever!

If your not familiar with Liverpool

Liverpool is a port city and metropolitan district of Merseyside in the North West of England. The Docklands and many other areas of the historic city centre were named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. It’s home of the world famous Beatles, Liverpool football F.C, Everton F.C and is an incredible attractive and popular city due to its stunning Albert docks, buildings, museums, culture and it’s witty people.

Whilst I was on the coach, I managed to book myself on a £10 2-hour walking tour of the city on TripAdvisor.

The tour started at 11am and we were to meet at the Beatles statue at pier head. The tour was based around the culture, architecture and of course, the beatles.

We started at pier head taking in the views of the seaport and rich surrounding buildings, whilst listening to the stories and history behind them.

King Edward Vll Monument
Museum of Liverpool
The seaport

As you may or may not know Liverpool played a crucial role in the slave-trade. Our tour guide spoke on Liverpool’s slavery links.It was a topic that often popped up during the tour as Liverpool largely earned it’s first wealth through its links with the slave-trade. London, Bristol and Glasgow were other major cities with crucial links in the UK in-fact, the UK earned it’s first Capitalism through it’s links with slavery.

Links to slavery

The city expanded rapidly during the 18th century due to its trade with America and The West Indies. The profitable trades involved the trading of slaves in west Africa, who were traded for spices, sugar and other plantation corps in the West Indies.

The cities Maritime played an important role in bringing Liverpool to be a global force and power. The trading of slavery made the city and it’s slave traders rich off the back of human suffering. Mersey ships forced almost 1.5million African people traded in West Africa into slavery, who were sent to America and the Caribbean.

The slave ships were often built in Liverpool or repaired in-fact, ‘Liverpool Merchant’ was the first slave ship recorded leaving for sail from Liverpool.

Where the ships would pull in to be repaired

Very few slaves passed through Liverpool but, the slave-trade made this city rich and powerful as Liverpool became the number one port, taking over London and Bristol.

This is very evident in the city as we walk around and have the buildings and streets pointed out. Liverpool is filled with rich buildings and grand houses built with slave money, many of the cities prominent streets and buildings are named after slave traders and merchants such as Bold street, named after Jonas Bold a slave merchant who became mayor of Liverpool in 1802, the port of Liverpool Building which has stone carvings of slaves ships on the facade, penny lane is another, named after James Penny a slave trader and many more.

The port of Liverpool Building
Royal Liver Building
Liverpool Town Hall
Liverpool Train Station

Bold street

We arrive at bold street. Bold street is one of the nicest shopping streets I’ve ever seen.

Full of independent stores, cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants where you can sample food from all over the world, it’s most definitely a great place to visit.

What was most striking to me, was the richness of this street and the architecture of the buildings, they’re spectacular.

We learnt that sailors used the street back in the 18th century, to measure rope for the sailing ships needed for the busy port industry.

Moving on….

We move through the city being shown a number of buildings and monuments, until we reach a more modern Liverpool, where we walk through Liverpool One shopping centre.

Liverpool one

Liverpool one is the largest open air shopping centre in the UK. All the shops have been designed by different architects, so every shop has it’s own uniqueness making it quite interesting.

Leaving it here….

In order to not make this blog too long, I’m going to leave it here for now.

A little uncomfortable

Although it is hugely uncomfortable talking about Liverpool’s slave links, Nonetheless I feel I can not write a blog without mentioning it, especially in the times we are living in right now. Despite it’s past history, I find it to be one of the most beautiful, interesting and historical cities in the UK.

Liverpool acknowledgements

In 1999 Liverpool apologised for its involvement and the affects it has had on the black communities.

In 2007, Liverpool opened The Slavery Museum to commemorate and offer education and understanding of the slave legacy.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Best wishes x

Zadar Croatia Part 3 Excursion to Kornati Islands

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After booking my trip to Zadar, I did some research and tried to put together an itinerary for my four night stay. This didn’t go to plan, everywhere I wanted to visit seemed rather impossible to get to. Well, not impossible, just a little daunting for me as a solo traveller. For instance, I wanted to visit Plitvice Lakes, to get there it was a 20-minute bus ride to Zadar’s main station, from here 7 buses ran daily covering the route between the hours of 8am and 11pm. According to the information I read the bus ride was between 2 and 3 hours long, depending on which route the bus takes. I’m usually willing to travel but, the low frequency of buses along with the lengthy journeys made it feel quite daunting. Your probably thinking, why didn’t you just book an excursion right? Well, firstly, I like to take public transport to take everything in and get a good feel for the place secondly, the thought of going on an excursion was also daunting to me. You see, there are certain things I’ve had to overcome as a solo traveller such as, travelling alone in the first place, taking public transport alone on foreign soil, eating out at restaurants etc, this for me was just another one of these challenges. I decided not to book anything and thought I’d see how I felt once there. See my last 2 blogs to see what I did once there.

On the second day of my trip a lady approached me in hotel lobby, she was selling excursions to kornati islands. Guess what? I purchased one! I put every negative thought to the back of my mind, telling myself it would be fine.

I was right! I had a fantastic time! Don’t get me wrong, there were the odd moments like being picked up for the excursion with a family of nine and no other people but myself. As we walked the 15-minute walk to the port to catch our boat, I thought, surely it’s not just going to be me and this family? They were a lovely family but, I really felt like the odd one out! Lets me just be clear, I was the odd one out! When we arrived at the port I suddenly felt better learning we would be joined by several others. Once we were on board, I kinda felt a little awkward again, looking around seeing people with their families or partners, I also got the odd couple of looks too. The awkwardness soon disappeared when I was handed a shot of tequila, breakfast and was informed of the free flow of wine for our entire trip 🙏🏾.

Here’s the video of the day trip

Day trip to Kornati Islands

Thanks for reading 🙂

Solo Trip To Zadar, Croatia Part 2

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Day 3 of my trip here was spent wondering around Zadar’s beautiful old town. The journey was around a 15 – minute bus ride from the Donat Hotel where I was staying. The journey cost me 10 kunas which was around £1.15 in sterling pounds or €1.31 in euros at the time of being there.

What the video if you would like to see this beautiful old town. You will also get to see the sea organ, which was definitely the highlight of the day! It was so fascinating!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Solo trip to Zadar, Croatia Part 1

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If you read my last blog you will know I was feeling a little worried about this trip…. Well, there was no reason to worry! I had the most amazing time!

Watch the video below which shows my arrival and first day in croatia. If you want to learn more about where I stayed scroll down to read.

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Where I Stayed

I stayed at the Donat Hotel * Please not this is not a paid review*

I found the hotel basic but clean, the staff were very pleasant and helpful, Although, I do have to admit the restaurant staff were extremely miserable!

The food is buffet style with a fairly good selection every day and is served at breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, all the drinks are not all-inclusive! Red wine, white wine, beer, juices, sprite, coke, coffee and tea are all included in the package, everything else you are required to pay for. Many people were unhappy with this in the reviews, I for one was fine with this however, I did understand why people were disappointed. Correct me if I’m wrong but, all-inclusive usually includes all drinks but exclude champagne or branded drinks in the package.

The Hotel is located on a huge complex along with other hotels. In fact, the hotel has two separate buildings, one where the restaurant is located and the other where the reception and bar is located, this is the one I stayed in. The beach is pretty much on the door step of this building and is less than a 3-minute walk from the other building.

In the reviews people complain of the hotel being situated in a remote area, which is somewhat true to some extent. The surrounding area is quiet, but is rather enjoyable and not touristy. Outside the complex is a restaurant, gift shop, super market, ice cream shop and the beautiful harbour. Also, right outside the complex is the bus stop where you can take a short bus journey into the centre.

I really had no problem with this hotel and would recommend it as a very good choice to stay in zadar, especially if your looking to stay somewhere cheap and cheerful. It’s incredibly cheap! I paid £243 for the entire trip which included flights and airport transfers! *Please bear in mind this was booked for October and prices will vary*

Zadar, Croatia/ Feeling Apprehensive

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October 2019, I took a four- day trip to Croatia. It’s a place I had wanted to visit for quite some time, but never imagined I would get there so soon, at the beginning of my solo travel journey. You see, I travel on a low budget which can be restricting, I never really choose the destinations, in fact, it’s almost like the destinations choose me.

How much it cost

I found the four- day package all-inclusive holiday at loveholidays.com for the price of £243. This price also included transfers to and from the airport! Ok, it’s out of season, but regardless it was a fantastic price! I was completely thrilled!

Feeling Apprehensive

I’m always apprehensive just before I’m due to travel, especially if I’ve never travelled to the country before.

A couple of days before due to travel, I began to get a little nervous, which led me to start reading reviews on my accommodation. I had already read some of the reviews prior to booking however, as the nerves kicked in I began to read the reviews extensively.

There were quite a few terrible reviews on the hotel, of course, this lead to me to question what I had actually booked!! I didn’t realise just how many bad reviews there were!

The majority of bad reviews were about how rude, miserable and unhelpful the staff were at the hotel. How the hotel was not all-inclusive as the alcoholic drinks we’re not included except red wine, white wine and beer. People also complained about the location of the hotel, saying it was in an isolated area with nothing around it. Other complaints included the state of the hotel, room size, cold water etc.

After reading all this, I was absolutely dreading it! Nevertheless, I told myself it was only a 4-night stay and surely it wasn’t going to be so bad.

I will share how this trip went on my next post along with more hotel details.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Video: Salou, Tarragona, Spain

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For those interested, I managed to film some clips of my time in Salou and Tarragona over a period of 48 hours.

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Hotel Details:

Disclaimer: Prices may vary depending on your party size and the time of the year you plan to travel. All details are based on my own experiences, please do not take all details at face value.

Hotel Best Cap Salou

On the first night, I stayed at the Hotel Best Cap Salou. My one night stay cost £34 which included breakfast, although I didn’t have to pay for this as Onethebeach.com foot the bill due to the hotel mix up. I thought it was a very reasonably priced hotel especially due to its location and the facilities it has to offer. It’s located in a tourist area, however, it’s not a hustle and bustle area, in fact, you will be guaranteed tranquillity as it’s set right on the sea. That being said, there are also good bus links in the area with bus information workers directing you in the correct direction, to the Salou Centre etc.

The Salou Pacific

The second hotel was the salou Pacific (my original hotel booked).

Cheap!!!

This hotel is a cheap budget hotel. I tend not to stay in the 4 and 5-star hotels as frequent travel will be costly unless of course, you have millions in the bank, which I don’t! Also, I do not like the idea of staying in a hostel, not that there is anything wrong with its just personal preference. I like my privacy.

The hotel cost me €109 for a whole 7day stay!! It was well located, had all the facilities I needed and most importantly was clean. What more could I ask for? Oh, wait! Free-Wifi which isn’t available, but nonetheless everything else was absolutely fine.

No cleaning Service

The hotel does not offer a cleaning service it’s basically like just renting an apartment. I actually preferred this! There was no bother of having to think about the housekeepers coming in. I brought my own cleaning products for €4.50 and kept up with the cleaning myself. Some people prefer not to have to do anything on holiday, but I clean up even when there is a service of housekeeping so it made no difference to me.

Clean Towels

You can get clean towels at the reception in exchange for your used ones

Deposit and rules on leaving

There is a €50 per person deposit on arrival this is given back on check out after a quick inspection.

To get your deposit back you are required to clean the apartment. By this, I mean to ensure the kitchen area is cleaned, wash the dishes put them away and wipe the sides down. You do not have to spring clean it as it will be cleaned after you leave, you just need to tidy it as you found it.

You also need to take your rubbish out to the bins, which are directly across the street. (Do not leave any rubbish whatsoever).

Do all this and you get your deposit back 🙂

The hotel is in a fantastic location with excellent links to Cambrils, Tarragona, Barcelona and is only a 15- 20-minute walk from the promenade (or bus it and get there in 5minutes). I would highly recommend this hotel for the budget traveller.

Thanks for visiting:)