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This is the day we set course North and the day Arne takes his rightfull place behind the keyboard to type out this blog entry.
It's quite a long trip up, so Yveline decided to space it out with some stops. First one was not far from the hotel, we actually drove by the street a couple of times before. St Pauls Church was the shooting location for most of Father's Day, from Doctor Who series 1. We mainly just wanted to pass ...
... the way to Leominster and Ledbury. Ludlow Castle was the stronghold of Richard, Duke of York during the War of the Roses against the Lancasters led by King Henry VI. Richard was killed at the Battle of Townton in 1460, and his head was dipped in tar and stuck on an entrance to York City, but soon after, his son Edward overthrew the king and declared himself King Edward IV. Here endeth today's history ...
... and free, national treasure. We wandered through the various old work shops until 2 when we watched a brief movie about the history of the mining operation. Then an old miner gave us a demonstration of slate cutting and rock splitting; very interesting. He gets 2 pence for every piece of slate he cuts and the company sells it for up to £8. Once again, a large part of the message was the independent spirit of the Welsh ...
... process, toured the factory and finally got to taste the product. Very nice. We purchased a wedge and off again down the dreaded foot path they call a road.
Next stop was the national Woollen Museum where we again toured the works but didn't buy any thing.
We did have lunch in their parking lot; enjoying the above cheese with some crackers and a pastie we had bought in another little town.
An hour later we arrived at our ...
Today we moved again!
We followed my uncle's cute little yellow Fiat most of the way!
We drove to Hay On Wye and had a look around!
Hay On Wye is famous for it's bookshops. There are so many!
I went to the first bookshop that was ever there!