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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Carmarthenshire August 8th 2010

Hi Friends and Family, Today we're leaving the Brecons. We have had a brilliant time and it is one of the places that you MUST go to if you're in Wales and you're an outdoory type of person. Yesterday, we undertook our own trek but today we decided to let the professionals do their thing! We had picked up a leaflet produced by the Brecon Beacon National Park Authorities in which we saw guided walking tours and because we still had a few hours to kill before driving to the Western coast of Wales, we decided to ring up for reserved places and turn up! The tour was to take place in Llanddeusant. Llanddeusant is a community in the Black Mountain region of the Brecons, in Carmarthenshire, Wales and about 5 miles southeast of Llangadog. Llanddeusant ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon August 7th 2010

Hi Friends & Family, I'm back and not before time it seems. Sorry for the long delay...! Today, we decided to go on our own personal trek. Bwlch is so well situated and even has its own trekking route which starts just behind our hostel. Its called the LLANGORS LAKE CIRCULAR TREK. Its an energetic walk of 12.04 miles or 19.26km and basically took us all day but what a walk....! The weather was so-so but good enough for me at any rate. Thank goodness for our very reliable Jack Wolfskin jackets LOL as we were constantly having to take jackets off when it got too warm and then struggle to put them back on again when it started to rain. Layering at its finest! Suffice to say, it was excellent trekking weather and the views ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Torfaen August 6th 2010

Hi Friends and Family! Wake up! Its time to move out and won’t I be glad. The Starbunk House was well located, cheap and great for groups but was one of the most deserted places that I have ever been to except for the weirdo couple that owned a large castle in the Black Forest of Germany in which my ex-husband, my new-born baby and myself were the only guests! We were out of there pronto! So this morning we packed up loosely and had our breakfast of toast, cereal and jam across the road the “The New Inn / Beacon Backpackers” and then proceeded to “move-in”!! After handing the barman (Andy) the key of the Bunkhouse, we drove to “The Big Pit”. “The Big Pit” is one of the last of the coal pits to ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Hay-on-Wye August 5th 2010

Hi Friends and Family, Its time to go horse-riding. Yeah, you heard me! It HAS been a while. The last time I did a horse trek was in 2001. In the Dominican Republic. With a couple of local cowboys! I don’t have any pictures though ‘cos during the gentle trot, my horse decided to gallop away into the sunset. I was sooooo SCARED and unfortunately, my constant kicking at the heels only made the horse go faster. Oh my goodness. Well, I lived to tell the tale but have no video recollections and definitely no photos of the event. Cue 2010. This time, it was gonna be different. This time I booked with a respectable riding establishment recommended by the Brecon Beacons National Park. I chose LLANTHONY RIDING AND TREKKING. www.llanthony.co.uk Based at Court Farm next ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Caerphilly August 4th 2010

Hi Friends and Family! Today, we left Cardiff in order to get to our next destination: The Brecons! As many of you know, I am a very great lover of using local transport however, in coming to Wales, I chose to go to small obscure places in the middle of no-where and thereby reducing the possibilities of actually getting there! Especially on the weekends. In one hostel in the West of Wales, the owners told me that the only way to get there from the Brecons is to either take the ferry going to Ireland or go all the way back to England and take a train in the opposite direction! So since (with an 8 year old boy and only three weeks to work with) we decided to.....gulp! Hire a car! I booked on-line with ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Powys » Brecon August 4th 2010

Hi Friends and Family, Time to get a move on. After going to the very lovely Caerphilly Castle it was time to go to the Brecons 'cos they're expecting us! Our hostel was called” The Star Bunk House” and I picked it ‘cos it was slap in the middle of the Brecon Beacons National Park and it was a bunkhouse. A bunkhouse is a hostel or barracks-like building that historically was used to house working cowboys on ranches in North America. As most cowboys were young single men, the standard bunkhouse was a large open room with narrow beds or cots for each individual and little privacy. The bunkhouse of the late 19th century was usually heated by a wood stove and personal needs were attended to in an outhouse. While the modern bunkhouse today is ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff August 3rd 2010

Hi Friends and Family, St. FAGANS & CARDIFF ON A STROLL! We're definitely in Cardiff now as it began to rain slightly but being the United Kingdom, not for long LOL! Today, we went to St Fagans or in Welsh “Sain Ffagan”. St. Fagans: National History Museum is an enormously large open-air museum. Set in the grounds of St. Fagans Castle, the Museum is home to over 30 buildings. These include a Victorian school, a row of iron workers’ cottages, workshops, mills and a magnificent medieval church. There is also a very large range of gardens spanning from the formal gardens of the castle itself to the cottage gardens that provided food for working families and servants. And happily, it was brilliantly free. After spending a few hours here on this most rainy of days we ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff August 2nd 2010

Hi Friends and Family, Breakfast was at 08:30 and both Frank and I had a full English consisting of bacon, sausages and eggs whist the "The Small Young Gentleman" had bacon, egg, toast and lots of cereal. Again, I had pre-arranged for Geoff to take us to Bristol Temple Train Station where we would take our train to Cardiff. At the beginning of 2010, I had bought a one-way ticket for all of us from Bristol to Cardiff for a handsome fee of 10 pounds! 40 minutes later, we were there. It has been years. Years since I last went to Cardiff. Eleven (11) years in fact! In those days the stadium was still being constructed I believe! We were going to stay at The River House Backpackers Hostel, 59, Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff. CF11 6AN. The ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Bristol County » Bristol August 1st 2010

Hi Friends and Family! Today is the day. Yeah! HOLI - DAY! Yep. Three weeks of laziness, relaxation and nothing to do! Yeah right!! OK folks truth is, it’s the first day of a three week hike around Wales and the NW County of Chester and Cheshire starting with leaving the house at roughly 19:30 and waving goodbye to our cat. We’re cat owners again now, didn’t you know! We took the airport train to Schönefeld Airport which is the train in the suburbs of Berlin-Brandenburg. We were due to take the 21:55 flight to Bristol and arrived at the airport at 20:30. Plenty of time to check-in and buy a few things for the flight we thought. It’s always a pleasure to fly from Berlin ‘cos the airports are so small (not for long though ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan March 4th 2010

Hi Friends and Family! Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a very ancient culture - that of the Romans. It is said that a lot of their inventions and ideas like hot water, bathing!, underfloor heating, roads etc were totally and horribly destroyed by barbarians that plunged Europe into an era of The Dark Ages. Shame really! I am of the school of thought that Art must be preserved and live on. Anyway, back to Milan. Most of the photos wil speak for themselves as I have forgotten the details! Suffice to say, we loved it all and if you haven't been to Italy in the last two years, then what are you waiting for!... read more
Easter in Milan
Easter in Milan
Easter in Milan




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