During two days in the beautiful countryside of North Wales, Rita fell in love with the lush scenery, friendly locals and, of course, the delicious Welsh cakes. Read on to hear more about what she got up to on her adventures.
Getting up bright and early I met my driver-guide, Judy, and so began a day of exploring. Judy has lived in North Wales for years and has exceptional knowledge of the area so I was in good hands - she even taught me a few bits of Welsh!
During the course of the day we saw the highlights of North Wales including a drive through the stunning Snowdonia National Park, a visit to the cute alpine village of Betws-y-Coed and a stop in Conwy.
Our first stop was at the imposing Conwy Castle which has a huge drawbridge reaching right across the water to the mainland. Away from the castle, Conwy itself was one of my highlights, thanks to its picture-perfect streets which are lined with quaint shops and even Great Britain's smallest pub. Wandering along the harbour, seafood fans will also find themselves getting hungry with the smell of the catch of the day - I tucked into a fantastic lunch.
After re-fuelling we got back on the road and headed for Snowdonia National Park. In between taking in the stunning mountain views here we stopped to visit an old working wool mill which has been in the owner's family for generations. With the owner giving us a tour we saw every process of the production and it was truly fascinating; they produce real works of art.
Finally, after a busy day, my tour ended at the beautiful Caernarfon Castle for sunset. While sitting there watching the sky change colour and looking back on the day's activities, my love for North Wales was cemented.
The love affair continued on day two as I spent more time enjoying this friendly and beautiful part of the world. I started by visiting the hills surrounding my hotel and stopped at a working sheep farm where the hosts, Gareth and Rhian, were so hospitable and made me feel at home straight away.
After a quick chat I was whisked off on a small quad bike to explore the lush hillsides. With their dog in tow we climbed up the mountain through Gareth's farmland to reach a viewpoint where we could see the stunning Isle of Anglesey. Gareth explained that the viewpoint is a spiritual Celtic spot and, while standing there enjoying the views, surrounded by wild ponies grazing, I actually felt slightly emotional.
There was no time to linger though as we had to check on one of Gareth's herds of sheep. Having located them and made sure all was okay, we followed the road (still on the quad bikes) and headed back to the farm to meet the sheep dogs and learn a thing or two about dog handling.
At the end of the day, sitting down with a cup of tea and some Welsh cakes with Gareth and Rhian, I seriously considered moving to North Wales and setting up my own farm.