Betws-y-Coed, United Kingdom for Train Restaurant and Waterfalls

If you are looking for a little town that just might be the embodiment of Christmas – look no further than the tiny Welsh village of Betws-y-Coed (took me a while to learn how to pronounce it right). You can easily reach it from the northern coast of the country via train. As I have only ever spent time in North Wales (more precisely, Colwyn Bay) before, the first thing I noticed is how much more Welsh this village actually was. So you could probably imagine my surprise when I went into the restaurant and the guests who were sitting next to me were actually speaking… in Welsh! Speaking of restaurants, there’s a really cute one that’s placed inside an old train car, and here is where we had our traditional English breakfast, with bacon, sausages and baked beans. After our hearty meal, we proceeded to explore the place, admiring the quaint Welsh architecture and its bold sleet roofs and the gorgeous nature surrounding it. We wandered into a little forest and ended up following a stream that led us past sheep farms and some more wonderful scenery. When we got back on the main road, we walked a little bit outside of the village, so we could check out the majestic waterfalls that were roaring amidst the surrounding hills. Coupled up with the majestic Snowdonia range stretching behind it, it was truly a sight to behold.

Where I stayed / started

Colwyn Bay

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