A Weekend By The Sea

Friday, 10 November 2017

Last weekend I finally went back to one of my favourite places after six long years. Aberdovey in Wales is like a second home to me, I spent a lot of my childhood there and it holds so many amazing memories. It's a quaint little seaside town on the West Coast of Wales. You know when you feel like you just really need to be next to the sea? I'd felt like that for a while and I was so excited when my mom and dad booked this trip. Being by the seaside relaxes me and really helps me to take my mind off of everything I'm constantly worrying about, so I couldn't wait to smell the salty sea air again.

We drove up Friday afternoon and by the time we got there it was pitch black outside. We unpacked all of our bags from the car and headed to the pub for dinner. I grew up eating in this pub and when I walked in I was so shocked at how different it looked! The next day we woke up early and headed for breakfast at the Talyllyn Railway, they do the most delicious vegetarian full English breakfast. After breakfast we headed into Tywyn for a walk along the sea, a visit to the arcade and a game of mini golf!

I don't know what it is about 2p machines that makes them so addictive but once you've started, you cannot stop. The prizes you win really are terrible but when it is dangling near the edge I just really need to win it. It also may, or may not, come as a surprise but I came last at mini golf... I really am terrible at it. I think The Little Mermaid is the reason I love the sea as much as I do. The idea that these mystical creates could be living in the deepest depths of the ocean is such a fascinating concept. The long walk on the beach put me in the best mood, it was exactly what I needed.
After our walk on the beach we drove around and headed back to Aberdovey to have a wander along the sea front to look in the shops. A lot of the houses in Aberdovey are holiday homes, so we had a good look in some of the windows to see what they looked like inside. I've only ever stayed in the same house when visiting, so I think it is time to stay somewhere along the sea front on my next trip. Before heading back to the house to wrap up for the fireworks, we went to the fish & chip shop for dinner. As a vegetarian, all I could have was chips with mushy peas. The fireworks took place on the beach and they were a lot better than I was expecting them to be. It was such a lovely way to end our final night in Wales. The picture below is the view from the house I have been staying in since I was born and honestly it never gets old. 
The next day, on our way home we stopped in Machynlleth for some food before heading home. We went into a shop for a wander round and by the time we had come out the cafe we were planning on eating in had closed. The owner saw us looking through the window and ushered us in and insisted that we stay for food. This was incredibly kind of her, if this had happened in Birmingham the restaurant definitely would not have let us in but they made £50 extra by allowing us to eat there after it was due to close. We ate in the Quarry Cafe, which is a vegan and vegetarian cafe, the food was incredible. ME and Jake had a 'Shepherd's pie' which was amazing, it came with an array of salad and hummus, it is probably one of the best meals I have ever had. I took a box of all of the salads away to take to work for my lunch the next day! I definitely need to look up the recipes because it made eating salad a lot less boring.  

I had such a lovely weekend by the sea and I really am so sad to be home. My next trip is a weekend away to Liverpool in December and I'm certain that it will be much needed time away too!

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