The First Hurdle
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... home of around 12 years now.
Last time we visited them in France in the midst of their house renovations, we were most impressed with their French language skills. It's quite a leap from French in Action and navigating cafes to ordering stuff from plumbers!
We didn't make it to the Quaker Meeting House in Broad Campden (they're Quakers and Buddhists-- the two sit easily together) but we did squeeze in a walk through town which is de rigeur for any ...
The Castle had passed through so many hands, its history was downright confusing. Main thing I remembered was; the Normans came and built a keep, war and new ownership, uprising and new ownership, some more new ownership, and then the Butes came along in Victorian times. They ended up insanely rich because of a gamble on coal export, repaired the insane amount of damage, dug up roman foundations predating the normans (surprise!) and reconstructed ...
... an ardent Royalist who is said to have escaped from parliamentarian forces by leaping on his horse from this point down to the shores of the Wye -60 metres below. The devil is said to have preached to the Monks of Tintern Abbey from the finger of rock now called the Devils pulpit. After about 10 miles we stopped for lunch at 2.30 pm at a place called Bigsweir Bridge. Not an ideal spot sandwiched between two roads and recently vacated by 2 walkers who appeared to have left ...
... Britain, and the first in Wales. - wikipedia
The one thing which caught our attention was the fact it had quite an advanced drainage system for its time.
Our last stop in Wales was yet another Castle. The Chepstow Castle.
Chepstow Castle (Welsh: Cas-gwent), located in Chepstow, Monmouthshire in Wales, on top of cliffs overlooking the River Wye, is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. ...
... in fact, and that set the tone for what I hope to be the rest of my trip. From there, we had perfect timing, catching the very next bus with only five minutes of waiting. That arrived at the train station early so we were able to catch the next train with only five minutes of waiting, which also arrived in good time. All in all, we were in Bath before we knew it. Check out my first view of the city! More to come...