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Tuesday, 23-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cymru #12

... howzat for a view ...
... enviable catamarans ...
... gate master kept all in checked ...
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Caernarfon

Caernarfon is to the south west of Bangor. It is sheltered by the Angelsey Island from the choppy bitter cold Irish Sea. Caernarfon ( pronounced as Karnarvon ) is another idllyic little Welsh town. I've read a lot about its Mighty Caernarfon Castle as the centrepiece of a medieval walled town but the serenity of its dry dock was my first place of visit. The tide on the Menai Strait was low and the gate was closed. That allowed me a good view of the boats and the catamarans berthed in the dock. Besides, the dock was filled with fishes. I wish I could throw a line and it'll be a sure catch, I bet you.

The sky was clear and voila..... my lenses had a good time. I was joined by a local who was also armed with a Canon 300D. Nice coincidence. He greeted me, Bore Da, Croeso Mawr ( Good Morning, You're Welcomed )


Monday, 22-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cymru #11

... Bangor, Prifysgol Cymru ...
... Bangor, Prifysgol Cymru ...
Bangor ~ Prifysgol Cymru

This is University of Wales, Bangor. Quite a number of Malaysians collected their scrolls from this Prifysgol ( University ). It is less known and smaller compared to Prifsygol Caerdydd ( better said as Cardiff ) or Abertawe ( Swansea in this case ). Given its proximity to the marvels of the North Wales, I presume the undergraduates here must be a bunch of cool and level headed guys. They sure don't Bang their Heads....



Sunday, 21-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cymru #10

... as i left the station entrance ...
... if you decide to put up the night ...
... woo..thats a big POT ...
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Llanberis

It was time to leave. Visiting Llanberis and Snowdonia National Park was exhilirating. The mountains were a change from the sandy beaches. The freezing temperature at the peak was also a refreshing change to the otherwise warm temperatures at the sea level. I will treasure the memories and the mountains are etched in my mind forever. To Llanberis, Diolch yn fawr. Hwyl ( translated as, Thank You and Goodbye )

Nb: I love the wheely shot. It was done with a low depth of field. I got the lens focussed on the boy and made the rest fuzzy.



Saturday, 20-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cymru #9

.. a mountain of slate ...
... slate stratas ...
... view down the slate cliff at the mid way station ...
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Llanberis ~ Snowdonia Mountain

I can't have it all. I was constrained in the small railway cabin, packed with eager tourists. At the peak, the fogs prevented me from getting good shots of Snowdonia's beautiful countryside.

Slates predominate the geological formation of Snowdonia. Slate rocks have been mined in Snowdonia and the surrounding towns for centuries. In the town of Porthmadog, there is a bar named The Australian. It was the place where the 19th century Welsh sailors going to Australia, exporting slate, had their binges. Slate is dark grey and colour the mountain areas where there are no vegetation. In Malaysia the mountains are usually granite, limestone or dolomite. The last two make the mountains appear white.

Civilisation existed on the Snowdonia Mountain since the 12th century. The remains of the civilisation are still visible today.


Thursday, 18-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cymru #8

... queueing for the ride....
... this is diesel engine driven ...
... mid station beside a km deep cliff ...
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Llanberis ~ Snowdonia Mountain Railway

The summit of Snowdon is 3560ft ( 1085 meters ). Height wise, it pales in comparison to Mount Kinabalu ( highest peak in SE Asia ) or Gunung Tahan ( highest in West Malaysia ). The trip to the peak however is spectacular. Unless you have strong calf muscles, it is more sensible to take a train up to the summit station. The train itself is unique. It is the only public track & pinion train driven by either diesel or steam engine ( the Penang Hill ones are pulled by cable ). It was completed in 1896 ( therefore already 100 years old ). It was a Victorian engineering masterpiece ( Quote : The Good Britain Guide 2003 ). The journey takes 45 minutes each way. During the ascent, you can listen to the Welsh-accented English commentaries revealing the history, secrets and myths ( including King Arthur and knights ) of Snowdon. While my ears listened, my eyes were completely enchanted by the magnificent view around me.

It was foggy at the summit and the temperature dropped to 11C ( from 25C at the base station ). It felt even colder with the strong winds on the mountain top. Bbrrrr.......

Nb: I can now relate the origin of the Penang Hill and Victoria Peak ( Hong Kong ) Railways.


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