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Published: October 30th 2012
Left London on train and arrived in Cardiff last night. Very nice guesthouse - Church's Guesthouse - http://www.churchguesthouse.co.uk/
with a very nice looking young man as the manager who talks a mile a minute. Very attentive to our needs and wants to be sure we're happy. Haven't even paid the bill yet. Guess they do that when we check out Friday.
Today we went on a tour "Mines & Mountains." Went down into an old coal mine (Big Pit) 300' into the dark. Had to put on hard hats and head lamps. Damp, wet, dark, slippery and sometimes low beams that you had to bend down to get under. Was definitely an experience, but it's one of those "done that - not again." Then we started driving through "Brecon Beacons National Park" which is 519 miles of land which is owned by the people - farmers still live and work the land - lots of sheep in Wales - 9 million now and in the spring there will be 15 million with the new lambs. Saw a few cattle and horses - mostly sheep.
Then we went into Brecon and ate lunch at St. Mary's Church cafe -- http://www.stmarysbrecon.org.uk/towercafe/
. Wonderful food and they set up tables on one side of the sanctuary so you ate your lunch right in the church. Quite unique.
Then we continued to the Brecon Catherdal. The site dates back to 1023 and has quite a long and interesting history - http://www.breconcathedral.org.uk/
, but is now Chuch of Wales. Then headed further into the National Park to the visitor's center while 2 young people went on a hike with the guide. Roxie and I watched a movie about the park and the area in general - quite interesting until I fell asleep.
The driver dropped us off at a local pub called "Cricketers." I had chicken in garlic sauce with potatoes while Roxie had pork tenderloin and black pudding. Then we walked back to the guesthouse. More touring tomorrow.
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