Gwyn means white, which, as you know, is part of the Welsh name Gwynyfyr or Guinivere or as we know it, Jennifer. White deer. It’s a Fifteenth Century inn, pretty cool. I’m sure there are ghosts but not in our room so all is right with my little world.
We’ve been hiking in the rain, more or less what I expected. We’ve seen castles I’ve read about. Anyone else a fan of Sharon Kay Penman’s books? Here Be Dragons? If you are, you know how content I am right now. This is Castle Dolwyddelan, the castle keep of Lleywellyn the Great, self-proclaimed Prince of Wales.
We hiked from Lleywellyn’s keep up and down the Roman Road (still called Helen) for five challenging and beautiful hours. Loved every single minute of it, even when it rained. I mean… it’s Wales, I expected rain.
Today we spent half the day exploring Edward the First’s Castle Conwy – which he built to control, contain and intimidate the Welsh, and Bodnant Gardens. I’ll post some better pictures when I have a chance. Conwy (Conway in English) is still a walled town. The castle and wall date from the 13th Century. More tomorrow if I have internet. Hope all is well with you.