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Published: October 22nd 2018
Wednesday October 10 - Breakfast was toast and warm Wheetabix cereal. I had no idea you could eat it that way, but it was the best way I’ve seen to eat it so far. Once we said our goodbyes, we headed to an outdoor shop in Carmarthen to look for a new pair of hiking boots for Jeroen. His were not going to last any longer. The shame was that today was a beautiful weather day, and the last we might see on this trip, so hiking was mostly going to be out for us. But he needed waterproof shoes for the weather that was coming, so we spent the extra time to get some. He found a pair he liked and in an hour we were on our way to Pembrokeshire.
We drove first to Tenby, to check out the little town there. It was cute, but I was antsy, and was interested in moving on to other places, so we only stayed an hour or so. It was low tide and we walked down to the beach, and there was so much beach. Similar to Rhossili. Next we drove to Stackpole, where we originally planned to do a
4 hour walk. It was already 2pm, so we opted instead to just walk the short distance to Barafundle Bay to see the beach there. It was quite windy, though warm, and we did not stay long, but the views down to the beach were good. From Stackpole, we headed to St Davids, the smallest city in the UK, with less than 2000 people. But it has an enormous cathedral and is right on the some of the nicest parts of the coastal walking path in Pembrokeshire. We checked into our B&B, dropped our things, and got directions for walking a route along the coast. We left quite quickly, as it was already 5pm. We were able to walk to the path, which was the same route described to us by a woman at breakfast with us on our first morning in Cardiff. It was windy, but clear skies and very nice. The weather would turn overnight and I was glad we could do a nice walk today.
Once we reached the part of the walk where we had to go back inland, it was a little unclear which way to go, so we asked a couple people who
were heading out with their dogs. One woman gave us great directions to walk to the cathedral, coming upon it from the right direction for the “wow” factor. And she was right. We hadn’t seen the cathedral yet, as it is set lower than the town, in a valley, but this angle was great. It was sunset and the light was starting to fade, but it was a great view. I took some photos and walked down to the cathedral to see if it was still open, as people were walking out. It had actually closed an hour earlier, but the choir was leaving, and I asked if I could take a peek. They let me have a quick look, but I decided we would come back in the morning.
Our next stop was dinner, and the guy running the airbnb had told us that the information center had an open mic night on Wednesdays and it was the only entertainment in town, and that they also served food. He plays sax there, so we decided to head over. It was 7pm and the music started at 7:30pm, so we ordered pizzas and sat back to enjoy the show.
I was so hungry I ate a sugar cube from the table as we waited. The pizza came and it was pretty good for where we were. The middle was a little droopy, so I ate that part with a fork and knife, and then I could eat the rest with my hands. We only stayed until 8pm, as we were tired, but the one guy who was playing guitar and singing was quite good. We missed our sax player, unfortunately. We stopped at the shop on the way home for ice cream, but got cookies instead. Yum.
Thursday October 11 - Breakfast was included here as well, and it was cereals, fruits, toast and the like. One of the two dogs came in to say hi while we ate, and we had a little chat with the host as well. Next stop was back to St Davids cathedral for an hour to look around. The weather was still ok, but turning quickly. The church was huge, and really nice to explore. I always love them, but even Jeroen could appreciate this one. It started building in the 11th century with add-ons over time. The floor from front to
back slopes quite a bit over the length of the building.
Next we drove to Fishguard, where we tried to find a short hike I was interested in, but it was raining and we didn’t try to hard to find it before moving on. Next we drove up to Aberaeron, another town on the coast that our host had recommended. The rain was starting to lesson a bit, so we walked around a little. I wanted to go inside a church but it the inner door was locked. Just inside the first door I took out my poncho for Jeroen, since his jacket was not waterproof. As soon as I took out the poncho, a small bottle of rum fell out and broke on the floor. When I got home from the Caribbean this summer, I looked everywhere for that bottle that came with my dinner on the flight to give to Jeroen’s dad, but couldn’t find it anywhere. Now it was spilled all over the foot mat inside the church. Doh. We grabbed the bottle pieces and headed out to find a garbage can. We walked around to get a look but quickly settled into a little place
for some late afternoon fish and chips, which would serve as both lunch and dinner. It was good, much better than the fish we had the first night.
Afterwards, we debated whether we should drive to the airbnb we had booked in the middle of nowhere, or if we should visit Aberystwyth, a college town nearby. I’m so glad we chose to go to Aberystwyth. It’s a nice town and it stopped raining and was sunny with blue skies when we were there!! Amazing. We walked around the harbor, and then discovered the old castle ruins, right by the sea. Very scenic. It was a really good decision. We drove next to the airbnb, which was in a beautiful location, but just about getting dark when we arrived. We checked in and stayed in for the evening. The room was really large and lovely, and had a choice of teas, cookies, candies, really nice.
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