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Aug 6, 2015 - The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Today was a much better day so we headed to the National Botanic Garden of Wales and enjoyed exploring the gardens. The gardens sit on what remains of an immense estate owned by William Paxton a 19th century banker. The center piece of the garden is the vast oval glasshouse designed by Norman Foster. Inside are plants from South Africa, Australia, Chile, California and the Mediterranean. The gardens were interesting but not in the league of the Montreal Botanical Gardens.

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May 11, 2011 - Big Pit

We retrace our steps and travel to Blaenavon to visit the ‘Big Pit’. We had wanted to visit here yesterday however ran out of time. Very glad we took the trouble to go. This is a closed coalmine that is now owned by the National Museum – and free. We begin the tour by donning hard hats and lights and battery packs, hopping in the ‘cage’ and are taken 90 metres underground. From there we walk through some of the mine tunnels. Very damp and slippery but so interesting. We also see the ‘stables’ where the pit horses lived their entire lives....

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