Four years ago, we bought our house in Llandudno.

 

It was February half term. On the Monday afternoon, we viewed the house. Not only was it perfect, it was in the road we had chosen as the one where we would like to live. We arranged to go back and look at it again the following morning.

 

Early on Tuesday, we stood at the corner of the cricket ground, discussing what to do. Move here? Seriously? Pack in our jobs and our old lives and just move here?

 

Yes, living in Llandudno had been a life-long dream for me, but even so....

 

 

 

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Well, it's no secret. We took the chance and moved here.

 

Best thing we ever did. My husband likes to say we went on holiday and bought a house as a souvenir.

 
 

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Precision reversing! The RNLI lifeboat is backed into the old boathouse on Lloyd Street. A new boathouse has been built on North Shore.
 
  
Donkey rides on the beachFlower clock on the promenade
 
 

When I was a child, this was Happy Valley's outdoor theatre, where a show was presented every afternoon throughout the holiday season. The part under the verandah had a stage. Where the play area is now used to be where the audience's seats were.

 

This photo was taken from Aberdeen Hill - where an unofficial audience used to watch without paying!

Twice a week from May to the end of August, the Town Silver Band plays an evening concert on the promenade.
 
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Llandudno has close links with the Alice in Wonderland Story. Gorgeous wooden statues was placed around the town.

 

Follow the Alice Trail!

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The high tide of Friday January 13th 2017 was spectacular. The sea defence stones that line North Shore are an unpopular eyesore, but they certainly earned their keep that morning.

 

In the picture above, you can see the Grand Hotel. Below, you can see the pier bravely keeping its head above water, followed by pictures of the little bay beside the pier and below Happy Valley, just as you start off on the Marine Drive walk round the Great Orme; and finally a picture of the promenade.

 

 
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January doesn't usually look like that. It's far more likely to look like this...

Or this...

Look at that fabulous blue sky. Yes, this picture really was taken in January.

   
  
 
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I have just looked back through my photos and most of them show North Shore, so I thought I'd better redress the balance and put in some of West Shore.

 

Here is the old toll house at one end of Marine Drive, the road that runs around the Great Orme. You can walk round in either direction, but if you drive, you start at the other end and finish here.

This is the same view from further away. I wanted to share this one because of that amazingly calm sea - not a ripple to be seen. It's surprising how often we get a sea like that here.

There are those same calm waters, looking out across the Conwy Estuary.

 

 

I had to include this picture., as I love daffodils. Public spaces in Llandudno are in bloom all year round, but the daffs are my favourites.
This photo was taken from Haulfre Gardens on the side of the Great Orme, looking towards North Shore. You can see the Little Orme in the distance. And talking of the Little Orme....

 

The Little Orme is said to look like an elephant lying in the sea. Can you see it?

 

 
Here are some Great Orme pictures.
Actually, this first one is really of the view across to Puffin Island and Anglesey from the Great Orme on a glorious clear day.
This is the Great Orme Berry. The Great Orme is the only place where this grows.
 
 
 

This is a photo of the little bay beside the pier. This featured in a couple of the photos of the storm, up above. This is what is is meant to look like at high tide.

 

Throughout the holiday season, weather permitting, the cable car is open for business, ferrying passengers from the foot of the Great Orme up to the top. the jounrey is just short of 20 minutes each way.

 

This is the view from the cable car as it leaves Happy Valley behind. You can see the Little Orme in the distance on the far side of the bay.

Here, again from the cable car, you can see across the Great Orme and Llandudno to the Conwy Estuary.
If you go up the Great Orme on the tram, you get off halfway up and get onto a second tram to take you the rest of the way.
St Tudno's Church.
 

 

After all those Great Orme pictures, it's time for a change of theme; so here are some photos showing North Shore. The first one was taken from on the Great Orme, not far from the Cable Car station.

 

 

The first weekend of every September, the fabulous Goldwings descend on Llandudno to help raise money for charity. Their vehicles are displayed on the promenade during the day, then they parade round the town as darkness falls, with all their lights on. They then return to the promenade and line up with their lights on to give on-lookers a spectacular static light show.