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Conwy - the most scenic town in Wales

Lancaster Square is in the center of Conwy; Wales is roughly 170 miles long by 60 miles wide which is about the same area as Massachusetts

Lancaster Square is in the center of Conwy; Wales is roughly 170 miles long by 60 miles wide which is about the same area as Massachusetts

Rick Steve's says Conwy has the best medieval walls in Britain; Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages - written since about 600 AD and spoken 300 years before French or German

Rick Steve's says Conwy has the best medieval walls in Britain; Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages - written since about 600 AD and spoken 300 years before French or German

Conwy Castle and the town walls were built, on the instruction of Edward I of England, between 1283 and 1289, as part of his conquest of the principality of Wales; the town of Conwy only has about 4000 residents

Conwy Castle and the town walls were built, on the instruction of Edward I of England, between 1283 and 1289, as part of his conquest of the principality of Wales; the town of Conwy only has about 4000 residents

Known for their colorful shells and rich tasting meat, Conwy mussels are simply the best flavored mussels in the UK or so they say; the mussels here are hand-raked and found just half a mile downstream in the Conwy estuary

Known for their colorful shells and rich tasting meat, Conwy mussels are simply the best flavored mussels in the UK or so they say; the mussels here are hand-raked and found just half a mile downstream in the Conwy estuary

We could climb up 3 of the 4 round towers at Conwy Castle for terrific 360 degree views; Lee and I kept going up and down the towers to get photos of each other without other people in them

We could climb up 3 of the 4 round towers at Conwy Castle for terrific 360 degree views; Lee and I kept going up and down the towers to get photos of each other without other people in them

Now that Lee has retired, he's become quite the world traveler; I was lucky to be able to get on his packed schedule for a few weeks in England and Wales!

Now that Lee has retired, he's become quite the world traveler; I was lucky to be able to get on his packed schedule for a few weeks in England and Wales!

A view of the 3 bridges approaching Conwy castle - on the left, the 1958 highway bridge; on the right is the rail bridge which tunnels beneath the town; in the middle is my favorite the 1826 Telford Suspension Bridge

A view of the 3 bridges approaching Conwy castle - on the left, the 1958 highway bridge; on the right is the rail bridge which tunnels beneath the town; in the middle is my favorite the 1826 Telford Suspension Bridge

Billed as the smallest house in the UK, the red home is 72 inches wide and 122 inches high!; we were too cheap to pay the 1 pound to peak inside

Billed as the smallest house in the UK, the red home is 72 inches wide and 122 inches high!; we were too cheap to pay the 1 pound to peak inside

Hundreds of years ago mussel fishing was primarily carried out looking for pearls which were then sold to London jewelers; one pearl that was found in a fresh water Conwy River mussel is part of the Crown Jewels

Hundreds of years ago mussel fishing was primarily carried out looking for pearls which were then sold to London jewelers; one pearl that was found in a fresh water Conwy River mussel is part of the Crown Jewels

Some people pronounced the name of the town as its spelled and others pronounced it like Conway so we were never sure which one was accurate; rugby is the unofficial sport of Wales, more popular than any country other than NZ

Some people pronounced the name of the town as its spelled and others pronounced it like Conway so we were never sure which one was accurate; rugby is the unofficial sport of Wales, more popular than any country other than NZ

Walking the walls, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was free and let us get a good look at Conwy and its environs; our lodging was outside of town (and above a pub) so we could have parking

Walking the walls, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, was free and let us get a good look at Conwy and its environs; our lodging was outside of town (and above a pub) so we could have parking

There was a large chapel within Conwy Castle; everyone in the castle ate together but there was a definite class structure with the highest ranked getting the larger portions and best choices

There was a large chapel within Conwy Castle; everyone in the castle ate together but there was a definite class structure with the highest ranked getting the larger portions and best choices

The Guard at Conwy Castle is made from Welsh oak beams and carved with details representing the wooden vaulting, ribbing and flourishes that might have once adorned the rooms of the castle

The Guard at Conwy Castle is made from Welsh oak beams and carved with details representing the wooden vaulting, ribbing and flourishes that might have once adorned the rooms of the castle

Lee looks cold and far away at Conwy Castle; despite the seeming remoteness of some of our destinations, Lee found lots of international cuisine from which to choose

Lee looks cold and far away at Conwy Castle; despite the seeming remoteness of some of our destinations, Lee found lots of international cuisine from which to choose

The man responsible for inventing the initial chlorination method of purifying mussels (here in Conwy) was Robert Dodgson; he was the brother of Charles Dodgson, more popularly known as Lewis Carroll

The man responsible for inventing the initial chlorination method of purifying mussels (here in Conwy) was Robert Dodgson; he was the brother of Charles Dodgson, more popularly known as Lewis Carroll

The 1826 Telford Suspension Bridge was an engineering marvel in its day; built 100 years before the similarly constructed Golden Gate Bridge

The 1826 Telford Suspension Bridge was an engineering marvel in its day; built 100 years before the similarly constructed Golden Gate Bridge

The walls around Conwy are only 1.3 kms around so the castle isn't as far away as it appears; the walls have 21 towers and 3 gatehouses

The walls around Conwy are only 1.3 kms around so the castle isn't as far away as it appears; the walls have 21 towers and 3 gatehouses

Wales became the first country with the majority of its people working in industry; that's why the Welsh didn't emigrate to North America in numbers like the Irish and Scottish

Wales became the first country with the majority of its people working in industry; that's why the Welsh didn't emigrate to North America in numbers like the Irish and Scottish

Conwy Castle is Rick Steve's favorite among the many castles of northern Wales; his reasoning was it's compact, easy to explore and has amazing views

Conwy Castle is Rick Steve's favorite among the many castles of northern Wales; his reasoning was it's compact, easy to explore and has amazing views

How could we not take a selfie here!; it was the only such sign we saw throughout the UK but they could have been on any corner since we saw older people out everywhere

How could we not take a selfie here!; it was the only such sign we saw throughout the UK but they could have been on any corner since we saw older people out everywhere

The Welsh flag features a red dragon which has been a symbol of Wales since at least the 9th century; we saw lots of Welsh flags in Wales but very few UK flags

The Welsh flag features a red dragon which has been a symbol of Wales since at least the 9th century; we saw lots of Welsh flags in Wales but very few UK flags

Typical townhouse construction shows how dangerous it can be walking out your front door!; car parking was not something that was envisioned when these were built

Typical townhouse construction shows how dangerous it can be walking out your front door!; car parking was not something that was envisioned when these were built

When constructed the castle walls had a clear zone outside so soldiers inside could see if anyone was trying to sneak up on them; when the town outgrew the walls the clear zone was maintained creating a green belt

When constructed the castle walls had a clear zone outside so soldiers inside could see if anyone was trying to sneak up on them; when the town outgrew the walls the clear zone was maintained creating a green belt

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