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Gower Peninsula

Like you were a bird - Explored

After studying hard these last couple of months, I’m planning to devote more time to activities that I enjoy in 2011, starting with photography. Firstly I’ll be investing in a better SLR camera + lenses (hopefully the January sales will prove fruitful), and then will book a short break to a place where I’ve always wanted to visit – The Gower. A few people have mentioned The Gower is absolutely beautiful and perfect for a short break; combining two things I love – walking & nature photography.

The lull before the storm 2

After browsing Gower photos on Flickr (these two stunning photos were taken by Geoff Mock, click on photos for a larger view), I can see why it appeals to a photographer. The Gower (Penrhyn Gwyr) is a peninsula on the south west coast of Wales, and in 1956 was designated an area of outstanding natural beauty – it’s not hard to see why! 

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Castell Coch in Cardiff

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Castell Coch is a beautiful 19th-century ‘fairy tale’ castle in the north of Cardiff. I last visited the castle in July last year for a family wedding. The room where the ceremony took place was full of charm – ceilings and walls intricately hand-painted. The small castle is surrounded by woodlands, where people often take walks or cycle (I can’t imagine cycling up the steep hill towards the castle – far too exhausting!).

Lets face it, every girl wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day, and the quaintness of the castle provides a magical venue for a wedding – I was jealous!

A word of advice! – if you’re wearing sky-high heels, be careful walking up the drawbridge – I’m surprised I didn’t trip up 🙂

Check out my review of Castell Coch – I am kensingtonabida – on Qype