A few nice hotel booking sites images I found:
‘Under a Canopy of Stars’ – Bodfordd, Anglesey
Image by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
The other night I was treated to very clear skies, so went out to see what I could see.
This is a local church called St Llwydian. According to what information I’ve been able to gather, it was originally dedicated to St Corbre and and dates back to the 6th century and it is unknown why the name was changed. It has carved stones recessed in walls which are believed to be of the 12th century, while the windows in the north and south walls are of the late 14th and 15th century.
The church was rebuilt in 1845 on the original site using old material.
In this shot not only can you see a whisper of the Milky Way, but a trail above the tree, which I believe to be a satellite (which, in my opinion, perfectly contrasts the old and the new).
Here’s what was written about the area in 1833:
"HENEGLWYS (HEN-EGLWYS), a parish in the hundred of MALLTRAETH, county of ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES, 3 miles (W.) from Llangevni, on the Holyhead road, containing 335 inhabitants. This parish, the name of which signifies the old church, is of considerably, extent, and is situated in a marshy district surrounded by rugged and rocky elevations. The scenery of the neighbourhood is wild and dreary : the lands are principally enclosed and under cultivation, but the soil is cold and unproductive. Its situation, about half-way between Bangor and Holyhead, on the new line of road, has rendered it a place of some traffIc ; and the Mona Inn, a spacious and commodious hotel and posting-house, has been erected here for the accommodation of travellers ; but the situation is bleak and exposed, and the immediate neighbourhood uninviting, consisting chiefly of swampy flats and rocky promontories. The living is a discharged rectory, with the perpetual curacy of Trevwalchmai annexed, in the archdeaconry of Anglesey, and diocese of Bangor, rated in the king’s books at £9. 3. 4., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Llwydian, is an ancient edifice, distinguished by no architectural feature claiming especial notice. There are places of worship for Independents and Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. The Rev. Hugh Hughes bequeathed land for apprenticing a poor boy of this parish, and for other uses ; and William Bold, in 1688, gave land for the poor : there are also some smaller charitable donations, the produce of which is distributed among the poor. The average annual expenditure for the. support of the poor is £ 185. 16." ( A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis, 1833)
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Virginia Beach: Springhill Suites Marriott
Image by bill barber
This is where we stayed in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach is best known as a resort, with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels, and restaurants along its oceanfront. Every year it is host to the East Coast Surfing Championship as well as the North American Sand Soccer Championship that attracts teams from around the world. It is also home to several state parks, several long protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations, two universities, and historic sites. Near the point where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean meet, Cape Henry was the site of the first landing of the English colonists bound for Jamestown on April 26, 1607.
The city is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. It is located at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the longest bridge-tunnel complex in the world.
A Serendipitous Hike
Image by IceNineJon
On our way to our hotel this night we got a little lost and drove off the beaten path. Our travel book told us there was something around but try as we might, we couldn’t find it. The dirt road we were on ended in what looked like a makeshift parking area so we stopped the car, got out, and starting climbing a hill to better take in our surroundings. I’m glad we did. The view from the hike was amazing.
ABOUT THE SERIES
In September 2011, my wife and I went to Iceland for a two week honeymoon. The trip was such an incredible experience. We started in Reykjavík and drove around the outside of the county counterclockwise. Although we made hotel reservations ahead of time, our day to day itinerary wasn’t planned in advance so we could see/do whatever we felt like.
Iceland is such a diverse and amazing place. I’ve never seen such beauty, breathtaking landscapes, and an assortment of scenery anywhere else. One moment you’re walking on a glacier and the next you’re hiking through a lush landscape to a waterfall. Mid to late September seemed like the perfect time of year to go. There were no crowds at any of the sites, we had our pick of where to stay, and the weather was fantastic.
If you’ve never been to Iceland, photos (mine or anyone else’s) don’t really give it justice. It’s somewhere you have to see and experience in person.