Day 155: Wonderful Wales

Day 155 of the Nowhere To Be Project took place in Wales. We began in Holyhead, a scenic seaside port town, as that is where the Viking Sky docked (we’re nearly a week through their British Isles Explorer voyage). The center of town has a stunning medieval church (St. Cybi) and is full of the most wonderful people. The residents love to chat about their Welsh pride and are so very helpful! We felt as if we left with a whole new squad of BFFs after spending just one morning in Holyhead.

Our afternoon placed us in another scenic coastal area, Beaumaris. The charming unfinished castle may be the main draw here, but the ocean breeze and lively historic streets should be the primary focus. We walked along the pier, enjoyed a pint at Bulkeley Hotel’s bar and found some interesting items in the boutiques. Wales is a treasure not to be missed and we will definitely return!

Day 21: Miles and Miles of Markets

Day 21 of the Nowhere To Be Project was focused on organizing my upcoming travels. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I absolutely live to travel. So, tomorrow I’m going to Denver for an overnight. The following week I’ll be in Florida for a wedding. At the end of April I’m heading to Sydney, Australia. From there it will be a month long RV trip across the country. August brings a journey by sea to Norway, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. I’ll close the year out in California, Oregon and Washington state. You never know though, I could sprinkle a few more in there if the opportunity (and a great deal) arises. After all, that is the whole point of the Nowhere To Be Project, taking advantage of all that an obligation-free life offers.

My point in organizing is to set personal goals for my travels to ensure I get the most out of my time in each spot. My husband’s primary travel goal for the past few years has been to hit every Major League Baseball park. He has just two to go and they will be knocked off in May. He suggested that I select something of interest to me to conquer on our adventures. I usually just focus on enjoying the local culture, but agreed to take on his challenge. I briefly considered haunted sights, cemeteries (for genealogy, of course) and museums. I’m super interested in all of those, but they just didn’t feel right for right now. After a bit of thought, I’ve decided to visit as many local farmer’s markets as possible. With a plant-based diet, I’m always searching for the freshest fruits and vegetables anyway, so this makes total sense. Above the practicality of my choice though, I’ve learned that farmer’s markets go way beyond produce. Many offer local delicacies, homemade delights and handmade treasures. In short, they are fascinating gathering places for passionate and talented locals. What touristy attraction could top that?

Local Blueberries

For me, the best part of traveling is getting to know the people who call each place “home” and I have a strong feeling that I’ll find them hanging out at farmer’s markets. With that, I’d like to ask (beg:-) each of you to reach out with the names of your favorite farmer’s markets. I promise to share a comprehensive list of each one I visit in an effort to spread the good news I find.

Yum!

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