Full On England: Off to Northern Wales

After a long day of exploration and fabulous dinner at Wasabi in Warrington, we headed for The Mere Hotel Golf Resort and Spa. It was a surprise from Kuya Ferdie. We got there quite late. We had a jam-packed day, and to think, we were in Rome early that morning, and since arriving in Manchester we’ve been non-stop.

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Aerial View of The Mere Resort. (Photo courtesy of The Mere Resort)

We had a great night’s rest, Maddie and I slept like a log. We had another long day ahead of us. Kuya Ferdie planned on picking us up around 10am which gave me and Maddie enough time to grab breakfast which was included as part of our stay. It gave me an opportunity to admire the exclusivity of this resort.

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Our room at The Mere
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Beauty at The Mere – Tesla Model S

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There were a few golfers who had breakfast along with us. The place was peaceful and serene. We opted for an another full English breakfast to help kick off our day. Shortly after breakfast, we got ready for the day, and made it back to the lobby for Kuya Ferdie’s arrival.

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Front Desk at The Mere

 

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We went to North Wales. It was nearly a two-hour drive. This allowed us to be away from all the hustle and bustle of the city life. We first drove to snowdon where we wanted to get the train up the mountain, but by the time we got there, all tickets were sold out.

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Getting ready to catch the train around the lake – Llanberis
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Not a cloud in the sky.
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Choo choo

As a back-up, we went across the street and took a mini-train ride around the around the lake.

I couldn’t believe the weather we had during our visit. It could not be any more perfect. No rain, no clouds. Nothing grey! All sunny and blue! The air was so fresh and crisp. We were just too lucky.

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Perfect summer day at the lake

After leaving Snowdon, we went to Llandudno and went tobogganing. This reminded me of being in a ski slope. But instead of seeing the cold, winter snow, you could see the trail, and we enjoyed riding up and down, sideways with the toboggan.

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We saved the best for last, our appetite led us back to Liverpool. It was at Fazenda where we had dinner, or shall I say, a Brazilian feast. We were hungry by this time after all the exploration we did. It was a great way on winding down, and we all enjoyed our dinner.

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Fazenda Brazilian Restaurant

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Later on that evening, we drove Ate Vicky back home to Rochdale. I finally go to visit her home and met her husband. This is why I really enjoyed this part of our trip. I was able to visit them in their homes, and spent good quality time with them.

Later that evening, we headed back to Warrington where Kuya Ferdie had arranged us to stay at The Village Hotel. After a few hiccups with the front desk, Maddie and I made it to our room for the evening, again, very tired from all the adventures, but it was another day well-spent.

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So long, Warrington!

We woke up early on Wednesday morning, and got ready for our drive to Birmingham. The plan was for us to have lunch in Birmingham, and then catch a train to London. Before we left Warrington, we made a couple of stops. First one was at 2Lips, a flower shop in Warrington. Kuya Ferdie bought flowers for his business colleagues. While the florist arranged the flowers, we walked up to the nearest bridge and enjoyed the view. This was something we don’t get to see often where we live. There was a nice little trail up to the bridge, just enough for a few candid pics.

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From 2Lips, we made our way to Kuya Ferdie’s house that was being remodeled. You could really see his craftsmanship and the kind of work that he and his workers do. It was like witnessing a remodeling or makeover show on TV. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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Outside the second floor at Kuya Ferdie’s new home.

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Shogun Sushi Bar and Teppanyaki

We made it to Birmingham before 1pm. We had a scheduled train ride before 2pm, but our gracious host kept on feeding us that we had to move our train departure closer to 3pm. It was another Japanese feast, something we did not complain about. The service was excellent, and entertaining, gave me an appreciation of the hardwork they put in with owning a restaurant.

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Maddie got to practice her Teppanyaki cooking skills at Shogun in Birmingham,

Directly after our delicious lunch, it was time to finally say goodbye to Kuya Ferdie. He drove us to the train station where we caught the train headed towards London. We had such a great two and a half days so far in England, and it would not have been possible without spending quality time with the entire Reyes clan. They really made sure to make us feel at home, and we are truly grateful. Many, many thanks!!!! Until next time…

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