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Published: August 22nd 2017
Delightful brekkie in Abergavenny. Often convincing our host that a cooked breakfast is a bit much for us is difficult but this one caught on quickly and substituted fresh fruit salad and yoghurt much to our pleasure. I'll try to get a photo of the breakfast table as it was quite attractive and quite well done. We asked for an instant replay tomorrow so that should be possible.
Then it's drive time. Off to the Welsh Museum of Natural History (wake up, it is in fact pretty good). The museum spans several acres around and near a splendid castle and has exhibits that have been bought in and reconstructed from all over Wales and from various periods in history. Houses, barns, mills, a school, shops and the like span a period of more than 500 years and it's really quite interesting to see the progression of style, materials and functions in what is really a concentrat area. Once you get used to the 'guards' lurking in dark corners and realize they can be particularly helpful the place gets even better. It's a bit like Sovereign Hill but spanning significantly more time which means reenactments are not appropriate. The castle is
quite spectacular although only a small section is open to the public. It was used as a family home until the late 19th century so the mix of old old and just old works well. Oops, nearly forgot the potato chips. Have a look at the photos and try not to drool.
After walking our legs off there it was off to Castle Coch (pronouned exactly as it should not be). Great 'fairytale' castle that has been used in heaps of movies, none of which I've heard of. Towering towers, battlements and even a drawbridge (pity the moat was dry!). We only had an hour there so it was just into the cafe and a little look around rather than pay and run and rush.
Back to Abergavenny the long way around in an attempt to keep off the motorways. Lovely drive and the Brecon Beacons and what I think are the Black Hills look terrific. They make it a certainty that I will investigate the King Olaf Way as a possible walk for the future. The walk covers Wales from coast to coast from the south to the north (and obviously from north to south but almost
no-one does it in that direction). Pretty good pub meal with good cloudy cider. The cider comes from Heredfordshire (guess where we go next?). I had scallops and blood pudding, that's one dish not two. An unusual combination that I'm still not convinced about. Lee had a gateaux of vegetables that was topped with goats cheese, a really good idea that I will copy sometime as I reckon I could do it pretty well.
Lee is having sherry in bed so her night won't go for much longer! I have a couple of jobs before we leave tomorrow for another tourist and travel day. We are off to the 'Big Pit'. What's a trip to Wales without a mine visit? So #£%@& for now. That could be Welsh for good night, as everything we've seen in Welsh makes absolutely no sense to us.
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