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... It had a real buzz but also a sense of safety and common purpose.
Our first stop anywhere is always the best cafe we can find and the Black Book Cafe seemed to fit the bill.
Eavesdropping on nearby tables we heard about plans for an impressively big festival of the arts with under-pavement heating and theatrical spaces.
Another table had a couple of teachers having a good natter while doing the odd spot of knitting, delving into the ...
... accommodation voucher and driving reference in separate poly pockets, arranged chronologically in one slim, professional-looking file. All for nothing. Because I left it there. On the chair. Eighty miles away at this point. Nothing like a sudden drama to make you reconsider whether it's safe for you to travel halfway across the planet without a ...
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 ...
... of stalactites and stalagmites, however having been so impressed by the ones we saw in Domme, I was a bit disappointed. It seems the best ones were taken 300 years ago by a chap who decided he wanted to put them on display in his home, so he shot them down with a musket! Unfortunately the whole area has been turned into a rather tacky theme park, complete with a mirror maze, an Edwardian penny arcade and a valley full of giant fibreglass dinosaurs!
... we discovered, in quite good condition. It had been originally built as a fort, then was used as a prison, and eventually important families lived there. It had two moats and it would have been almost impossible to break into, but still they tried. The township of Caerphilly is built around the castle and it is like a sleeping giant in the centre of town. Castell Coch was quite different as it had been restored. A wealthy earl in the 18 century decided ...