Day 1: The Promenade and The Pier
It was on a whim and a last-minute family decision to travel to North Wales and explore Llandudno which turned out to be a pleasant discovery of an old-fashioned coastal town in a first-world country.
After an exhausting but uneventful six-hour drive from the South of England, we arrived at our hotel that was conveniently situated at the sea front and just a few steps away from the scenic Llandudno Promenade. The whole vista was indeed a welcome sight to behold!
It got my expectations of the town all hyped-up.
Determined to make the most of our short stay, we were at the promenade just as soon as we have unpacked. Our leisurely walk along the pebbled shore was accompanied by the intermittent squarking of flying seagulls. They seemed to be everywhere and spontaneously appearing out of nowhere! Well, that was an inevitability we have had to accept. These seabirds were bound to be visible at their natural habitat and territory.
We then came across a sandy part of the beach when we realised we’ve reached the mouth of Llandudno Pier. A waft of freshly baked donuts filled the air. They were a temptation one couldn’t say no to.
We gobbled up our donuts with gusto as we made our way towards the end of the pier. Noticeably audible as we plodded on was the familiar sound of country music. Hmmm. Definitely American. And so, there it was; a stall selling music CD’s of just that! (yes, CD’s. I did say ‘old-fashioned, right?)
I would say that it is rather a rarity in England to hear this music genre.
Before settling abroad, I lived in a place in the Philippines listening to the likes of Johnny Cash and George Strait. To have been able to listen to them again in a pier in far-away Llandudno brought wondeful memories of home.
Midway into the pier was a mini kiddie fair where families with young children got fascinated with the rides and games on offer. Llandudno is also a definite if you are looking for a family-friendly summer retreat.
The panoramic view of the Llandudno coast from the longest pier in Wales was worth the trip. A glimpse of old hotel buildings lined up along the seaside is quite a landmark. No wonder Llandudno attracts a lot of visitors, old and young alike.
The same can be said about the view from a reasonably-priced boat ride that we took the next day.
Regrettably, the famous cable cars were not operational due to the windy weather.
A summer night stroll has revealed that Elvis Presley is a common favourite in Llandudno. Many hotels that we have passed by featured a nightly entertainment of an Elvis impersonation…his music, his moves, attire and all.
And guess what? Our hotel did, too.
Our room was above the entertainment hall and as it was an old building, we could actually hear the reverberating sound of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as we slept and looked forward to another summer day in Llandudno.