The cheetah was steadfastly ignoring us. Determinedly staring away from us. Only turning his head to look at us when in desperation we whispered ‘whiskkas’.
The Siberian or Amur Tiger is only one of 8 different tiger species. Three are already extinct. The Amur Tiger was powerfully huge, there were 3 of them at Marwell. They paced up and down the edges of their cages, completely ignoring us. These tigers can be as large as 3.3 meters, and their stripes provide the perfect camouflage while hunting.
Visiting The Fairy Glen was not as easy as you may think. There are no really detailed maps, just a general ‘it’s near Betws-y-coed’. And we weren’t alone in trying to find it, we kept coming across other tourists who had read the Terry Brooks series trying to visit The Lady’s pools. When we eventually found it, after a day of looking in all the wrong places: we followed the pathway we came across a calm pool filled with fish and birds feasting on the insects that congregated over the still water, there was a small cluster of purple flowers hanging off some rocks.
Conwy Castle and Conwy Falls are nowhere near each other. So don’t go to Conwy looking for the Falls because they are actually near Betws-y-coed. Otherwise, Conwy Castle sits solidly above the mouth of a river/harbour, filled with arching windows and doors, with turrets and watch points high above the river, reached from the narrowest curved staircases.
Wales was an amazingly beautiful place that seemed a perfect setting for Lord of the Rings. The mountans and valleys are covered with slate walls, winding around sheep and ancient trees. The lakes are crystal clear and the mountainsides have springs and small waterfalls cutting their way down the rock.