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So shouted that Hollywood actress Ms Catherine Zeta Jones after she won an Oscar back in 2003. The Swansea starlet was giving ‘a nod’ to her Welsh roots. And I’ll be honest, I’d never really heard of The Mumbles until Cath uttered those words to a baffled crowd of Americans…

Misc2012 027When deciding on our first holiday with Monkey, I admit I was petrified of the thought of going abroad with him… could we cope with the flight; would we have enough room for his stuff; what about time zones and routines?? I had well-meaning friends telling me that if they could cope on a 24-hour flight to Australia, yada yada…

Nope – a staycation it was and I’m glad we did. Otherwise, cheesy as it may sound, we would never have discovered the natural beauty of Wales and the Gower Peninsular.

Where did we stay?

We opted for self-catering accommodation and found our little flat via HomeAway.co.uk. The apartment itself was tiny, the block of flats tired and old – but the view we had over Caswell Bay was uninterrupted and stunning. When the tide came in, from one vantage point on the sofa through the floor-to-ceiling glass window, it felt like we were on a ship.Misc2012 038

Places to visit

Oystermouth Castle sits on a pretty hill in The Mumbles, and after a pleasant walk around the grounds, we enjoyed tea and cake in the village.

The Gower Peninsula has a plethora of beaches and walks to explore. We really enjoyed visiting Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossilli Bay. Describing the coastline and the views as stunning, doesn’t really do it justice.

It took my breath away…

Misc2012 048Top tips

• If you’re staying around Caswell Bay, there is a great, scenic walk over the headland to Langland Bay. It’s not too strenuous and we were able to navigate the path in flip-flops.

Misc2012 162• Dine at Langland’s Brasserie. The staff were lovely and couldn’t stop cooing over Monkey. The view was stunning and food wasn’t too shabby, either with a wide choice on offer including gastro-pub fare and pizzas. I have wonderful memories of looking over the bay, with a huge glass of white wine and eating delicious, fresh mussels and chips.

Misc2012 163• You can’t leave the area without going to Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour and sampling their delicious gelato. Ask any local and they will be able to point you in the right direction.