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Free Day in North Wales and Chester

Promptly at 9am, packed lunches in hand, we boarded the bus which took us first to North Wales.

Photo of outside of the bus and FCJs sitting in the bus.

We stopped first in Llandudno.

In Llandudno.

In Llandudno: Statue of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, On the promenade,
traffic signs in Welsh and in English

The bus then went on to Betws Y Coed, which is situated at the gate way of Snowdonia. We had an opportunity to eat lunch, buy a hot drink, wander through the shops.

In Betws Y Coed.

Some went to Swallow Falls. (See video below.)

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Back in the bus we enjoyed the Welsh countryside.

Welsh countryside.

Our next stop was Chester, where remnants of the original Roman town still exist - parts of the wall surrounding the city and some excavated areas showing for example a Roman amphitheatre.

We enjoyed supper in Chester before returning to the bus, but no doubt the highlight of the visit to Chester was the opportunity to visit Dee House, opened by our Foundress, Marie Madeleine.

Roman remains at Chester.
House purchased by Marie Madeleine lower buidings at right of picture; Addition she had built is at left.

Stained glass window in St. Werburgh's church.FCJ sisters looking at Dee house.

FCJ Sisters looking at Dee House which was an FCJ Convent
and School from 1856 to 1925.



There was also opportunity to visit St Werburgh's Church which houses a beautiful stained glass window honouring Sr. Elizabeth Austin fcJ, who was headteacher in the primary school for 40 years and loved by all for her great kindness to the poor.

You can read more about this in an article on the St. Werburgh's Church website here.

You can find more information about the FCJs in Chester in 'A Mine of Gold' by Sr. Mary Campion McCarren fcJ; information about Sr. Elizabeth Austin is on page 40ff.

There is more information here.