Discussion in 'Wales/Cymru' started by Obnoxiousness, Feb 1, 2010.
The Angel "back bar" was quite famous locally. Smoking ban has removed options of a "free stone".
What’s the name of that bar down by the marina? That’s a good one.
First stop in Wales
Very nice indeed , and a spotless no 8. We were allowed to clean the brasswork and plates etc on the fleet on a Saturday afternoon in the 1970's , for which we got some free travel on the line. We never , ever got to this level of perfection though.
Really liked the open carriages full the steam and Smuts experience. Beautiful line.
Have now connected to decent Wi-Fi, in Medina's which is a great place, great food, great staff.
Just arrived today
We started at Devils Bridge, which was even better. A beautiful run down to Aber, with the hard working climb back. Great trip.
More pics! I want to see all of Aber. Go to the harbour to look for otters!
IN my first year , due to the pathetic organisation of timetables - we had to run / walk very fast from the town -(grotty but cheap digs) , up to the Geography Dept for an 0900 start lecture with an obsessive Prof who would boot you out for an 0901 arrival. Cretin.
There was another timetable challenge to get from the 7th floor of the Llandinam Building to a lecture in the Old College in 15 mins - OK , downhill. Christ there were some nutter academics in those days- I was refused entry to one of those lectures for being maybe 5 mins late , so I went and saw this madwoman , who thought I had come to apologise. I just wish I had been more assertive then.
Still , had a great time - just wish I had done a bit more recreationally - excellent place bar those 2 incidents.
Used to be a great pub called the Castle down there - now probably gentrified to fuck. BTW - superb second hand bookshop not too far away , towards the proper Castle. You NEED to go there.
Three of my oldest mates went to the Uni (two library and information systems and one English literature (i think)). And i kind of ended up there by accident (first successful job interview after i qualified as a nurse). I always go back when i’m back in the UK.
No seals yet today.
Bridge from Uni to accommodation and our accommodation. Mrs T is here on a library, information and systems conference. Im guessing this might be after some of you people's time
Met Andy today, who had interesting opinions. Will go looking for seals to shoot tomorrow. In me a time, waiting for dinner in Hinterland
When you get the weather , Wales is unbeatable. Nice shot.
A nice shot here is not difficult.
Nice to see those shots of Aber - I was a postgrad student at CLW in 1981/2. Place has changed a bit ...
Not one for much drinking (self-funding before that become normal) but I did indulge myself in a few trips on the VoR (it was still BR then).
I have a few happy memories / annecdotes ...
We ought to try and plan an U75 gathering up in that there NW corner of Wales , bit of railways , bit of walking - bit of local support to the economy. (thinking of pubs here)
It will never happen - but a nice idea.
Have just read this in today's paper. Sad news. Was from Bahnhof Strasse neck of the woods originally. Things to do in Aberystwyth, Family day out Mid Wales, News
Travel Here by road is not brilliant, but a nightmare from anywhere by train. A gathering here would be exceptional.
I just found out about this, Very sad news. Peter will be greatly missed, but the VoR will become a splendid legacy.
The railway today is in splendid condition - most impressed with all aspects , especially the careful tree felling to open up lost scenic views. Peter did a very good job. (as indeed the staff did and continue to do so)
Poor old BR had no cash for the VoR , the local PW gang used to nick ballast destined for the "main line" to patch it up , and local staff used to spread the word by delivering timetable etc materials voluntarily to hotels , caravan parks etc to keep the numbers up. As a student , we were "stakeholders" - and sat in on the 6 monthly formal meetings -where any ideas etc we had were kindly listened to. Of course, a few students ended up as BR management ........
The VoR looks in good shape. Brand new workshops down at Aber looked impressive, nice little ticket office & shop at either end. Carriages and engines certainly look good. Views along the way to die for. What's not to like.
They also have plans to convert the ex main line loco shed into a major narrow gauge railway museum. Excellent stuff.
Maybe we could persuade Stoneroad to take it on as a project ?
Theres a point, why can't Aber have one joined up station like Alton on the Watercress or East Grinstead on the Bluebell. It would make so much more sense for visitors.
Not sure I could live in Aber, but loved the walking and Andy's.
liked it here so much, we went back twice Medina would have brought our server home if I could
Also ate here once, food good, views superb Hafod Hotel, Hotels Mid Wales, Devils Bridge, Wales Holidays
Helped by superb weather, what a great few days.
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