London: British Library, Camden, Regents Park

Friday morning we left tranquil Wales for frenetic London. Matt arrived in London earlier than us and met us at Paddington for the cross-town trip to our flat in Lambeth, near Vauxhall station. After dumping bags, we jumped on the number 88 bus for the busy tourist’s 2 hour double decker bus tour of London … Read more

Caerphilly Castle

Like Cardiff castle, Caerphilly was reconstructed by the Bute family and donated to the Welsh government when double death duties and government confiscation of the coal industry made gifting them an attractive proposition. Unlike Cardiff, Caerphilly was not prettified by Capabilty Brown or William Burgess. It still retains its stark medieval grandeur – complete with … Read more

Cardiff Castle

Our travels took us away from Broad Haven on Wednesday morning, bound for Cardiff. We were sorry to leave the Pembrokeshire coast. One last look from dinner at Sunshine Italian… …and a last morning stroll along the beach. The train carried us past into green, rolling hill country and enormous estuaries (on the Twy and … Read more

Skomer and Skokholm from the sea

Tuesday, our last day on the Pembrokeshire coast, we booked a boat ride out to Grassholm, located east of Skomer. It’s the breeding spot for a vast colony of Gannets – some 39,000 breeding pairs. Alas, come Tuesday morn the wind was up and swells too high to venture out. So all we’ve got is … Read more

St. David’s Head

Monday found us back on the bus for a circular tramp ‘round St. David’s Head. After bussing through Haverfordwest to St. Davids, we boarded the Celtic Coaster (cousin to the Puffin Shuttle) for a lift to Whitesands Beach, starting point for our walk. This little bus loops around the two bits of peninsula on which … Read more