Friday, July 02, 2004

Friday Virtual TravelbLogging™

Today's Edition brought to you by the letter "A" for Aberaeron.

Aberaeron is a seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Wales.

Aberaeron's history as a trade route for the agricultural lands to its east began when, in 1805, the Rev. Alban Thomas Gwynne inherited a large country estate and the more than princely sum of £150,000, much of which he used to construct the harbour. He encouraged other merchants to build houses around the harbor and the village thrived. The Georgian architecture and grid layout with wide streets and pavements remains today in the town that is now primarily a tourist destination. Here's a little informational video clip if you desire. I also came across this travelguide that included this:

"Aberaeron, sixteen miles along the coast from Aberystwyth, is a handsome place, even if it is almost unique amongst the Ceredigion resorts for being on an unappealing stretch of coastline. Nonetheless, the town, with its pastel-shaded houses encasing a large harbour inlet, has a rare unity of design, the result of a complete nineteenth-century rebuilding by the Reverend Alban Gwynne. He spent his way through his wife's inheritance by dredging the Aeron Estuary and constructing a formally planned town around it as a new port for mid-Wales."[Nitpicker emphasis -note to self don't hire this company to do any advertising]
I don't know about the appeal or lack thereof with regard to coastline, however, I do wonder about the weather when the first category addressed in the forecast is "cloud cover" which, of course, is separate from "cloud distribution" which is further subdivided into three "levels". I guess that would make this picture

a better reflection of what you might find.

Accommodations in Aberaeron range from B&Bs for as little as £18($33)/night to a harbour cottage for £800($1457)/7 days.

Things to do while you're in Aberaeron include: surfing(though don't expect to be challenged, the difficulty level is beginner), sailing, cycling, coastal boat voyages, a visit to the Sea Aquarium or to Llanerchaeron, a small 18th-century Welsh gentry estate.


Aberaeron is known for its honey ice cream and its Welsh cob festival. Not cob as in "corn on the", but rather as in

horse breed.

If you become a little parched after all your activities, you can stop in at the Prince of Wales pub on Queen Street.

On the other hand, if you're hungry, and if this recipe is an indication of the local cuisine (which could be categorized as "beige" food), you may want to check out Ty Thai to add a little spice to your dining.

Well, that's it for the first edition of Friday Virtual TravelbLogging™, I hope you enjoyed the trip. I figure there may be several people looking to relocate if BushCo manages to steal another stint in the WH so I'll bear that in mind from now 'til the selection. Next Friday will be brought to you by the letter "B" but the city is so secret I don't even know what it is yet.


Anonymous Henry Phythian-Adams said...

May I point out that the Rev.Alban Gwynne was Lord of the Manor of Aberaeron, which he inherited from his cousin, not his wife? He obtained the private Act of 1807 which created the harbour but his son, Col.Gwynne, was responsible for the planned part of the town around Alban Square in the 1830s.

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