Today, as I sit at home like so many people around the world, it’s quite nice to look through my photos and remember Wales last year! My travel buddy from that trip has been in isolation for week after returning from a sailing trip in Thailand, so I’m sure she’ll enjoy reliving a less stressful trip too…
So day 14 we were up early and at our lovely, funky hotel we got to eat breakfast in a fancy restaurant attached to the place (all this hidden down a little arcade!) and I fell in love with the egg boiler.
After breaky and check-out we went into Cardiff to visit the markets, which was nice because we got to walk back through some of the area we’d visited the night before. Also, I finally tried Welsh Cakes!
I grew up with a covered market that dad and I went to ever week so this was an added thrill for me!
The market was quiet because things were just opening, but it was great to see a market like this surviving in the 21st C. So many of them have closed!
From Cardiff we drove to Caerleon to enjoy their many roman ruins! They have a barracks which is why they also have a bathhouse and an amphitheater! So much roman-y goodness.
The displays were very informative, though clearly aimed at kids.
I could post so many photos from the baths, but I love this – a drain cover from memory!
I’ve seen other amphitheaters, but this is one of the most fun to walk around and get a sense of what it’d be like to be in the audience.
The rooms weren’t big, but the barracks could house a lot of men
From Caerleon, we moved on to Raglan Castle. Our last castle for Wales! Aside from being huge, it really does show the status of its inhabitants in its scale and complexity. Again, so many photos to choose from but I’ve picked just one I really liked.
This is how you cut grass! (I love when castles have interesting things on display)
Raglan Castle was the most expensive stop of the trip for me, because when my travel buddy went to find the loos and accidentally ended up climbing a tower instead, that left me waiting the in gift shop just long enough to buy a Clogau pendant. Ahem.
From Raglan we headed off to our next accommodation at Glasbury, and we went through the Brecon Beacons for some amazing views from Black Mountain.
Have mentioned that there are a lot of sheep in Wales? This was the first time we came…um… face to face with them I guess.
Apparently at one point we found ourselves in a fairy lane…
I love this pic from Black Mountain the best. There’s even a sheep if you look hard…
We stopped for a rest and there were ponies… lovely critters. I may also have decided to have an icecream which I then regretted all the way down through the windy, windy road out of the Brecon Beacons.
Glasbury is a teeny, tiny little place on the Wye river where we stayed in another funky hotel, in the attic room! I didn’t love the stairs but it was worth it for how cool the attic room was.
This was the evening view out the bathroom window…
The only sad part (for me) of the day was that I’ve always wanted to go to Abergavenny, because… well… it’s possibly the most fun place name to say in all of Wales. I’ll admit that’s why. I have no shame. Sadly the GPS decided it was faster to go around Abergavenny, so now I’ll just have to go back to Wales some time and visit it!