"Homeward Bound"

Name of traveller

Alexandre de La Rochefoucauld (b. 1768) and Maximilien de Lazowski

Reason for travel

  • travelling as cultural tourist, self-improvement

Date of travel

June 1786

The isle of Anglesey abounds in history, and the cows and bullocks are fine. (La Rochefoucauld 235)


  • agriculture:
    • fine cattle and sheep on Anglesey
    • good farming land around Conwy; describes crop rotation
    • some wealthy farmers in north Wales thanks to profitable cattle trade with London
  • architecture: detailed description of Conwy; the whole town is situated within its medieval, well-preserved castle walls
  • people: sparse population on Anglesey and in Conwy
  • terrain:
    • well maintained land around Bangor, even though the big town itself is ugly
    • generally pleased with the countryside and views from various hills
  • transport:
    • modes of travel: horse; sail boat
    • a hilly road runs between Bangor and Conwy
    • prolongued rest in Llanrwst owing to heatwave taking its toll on the whole party

Nationality of traveller

French; Polish-French

Language of publication

French; translation: English

Gender of traveller


Type of publication



La Rochefoucauld, Alexandre de and Maximilien de Lazowski. "Homeward Bound." To the Highlands in 1786:The Inquisitive Journey of a Young French Aristocrat. Trans. and Ed. Norman Scarfe. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2001. 227-45. Print.