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Aug 28, 2015 - Some more castles

In this part of Wales you are almost falling over ruined castles on whatever road you drive. Heading down towards Monmouth we came across the magnificent ruins of Raglan Castle. Sir William ap Thomas began building the Great Tower and South Gate around 1435. However it was his son William Herbert, who transformed Raglan into a fortress-palace. It was here that Henry Tudor, the future King Henry VII, spent some of his childhood. In its time Raglan was amongst the grandest homes in Tudor and Stuart Britain with fabulous gardens, orchards and...

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Jul 17, 2015 - The Wye Valley

Today we headed out early for a day trip to South Wales. Instead of going to Cardiff, the capital of Wales and its largest city, we decided to do a scenic drive through the Wye Valley. It was designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty in 1971. Our first stop was Monmouth (about an hour-and-a-half drive) an ancient market town with a 13th century gate house on the Monnow Bridge and the site of Monmouth Castle where King Henry V was born. It is a small city but very busy. Lots of people and even more traffic. A very helpful woman at the TI gave...

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May 18, 2014 - The Perfect Ending

The Perfect Ending “I think I’m having a senior fart, I can’t remember the name of the place where we stayed the first night,” pipes up Em as we drive north along the coast. “A senior fart? Should you be rolling down the window? Do you need a wipe? I think you mean either a senior moment or a brain fart, but a senior fart…that’s a stop at the pharmacy for a pack of Depends,” I told her as Mary and I laughed. Emily joined the convent when she was seventeen, the summer after she graduated from high school. Five years later, she left for the...

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Oct 2, 2010 - Roman waterworks, finding Arthur Phillip (maybe)

The alarm clock went off at 4.30am and it took us a while to work out where we were! The AFL Grand Final live stream came through loud and clear and woke us up 100%. It was strange getting text messages from Aussies watching it and eating pies and downing beers while we were sitting up in bed to tea and toast! Congratulations to all the Collingwood supporters and commiserations to Saints followers. I was going for Collingwood and Pat backed St.Kilda. Things were very quiet here by half time and it definitely seemed all over bar the...

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Oct 1, 2010 - Welsh Wales

Wet Wet Wet, it rained all night and was still pouring this morning, so we didnt anticipate a great day's walking around Bath. We jumped in the car and headed for Wales. The toll suspension bridge was a picture despite the rain, but the view across the water was flat and grey. Thank goodness there's plenty of green on the other side to contrast! As soon as we reached Wales we became aware that all important notices and signs are in dual languages, but the only ones we could remember were Araf and Cymru. Pat said he felt like he was being...

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