It must be Wales with all the funny names!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Reluctantly left Launceston, we really enjoyed our time there. It was a nice leisurely start to our trip. Headed to Wales and taking the motorways we followed Sam and Maggie and in a little short of 3 hours crossed the river Severn and we have changed countries! Stopped at Tintern Abbey and after coffee strolled through this magnificent landmark that was started building in 1131....!
What an incredible feat of human ability without machines. Set in a beautiful valley with a running river and heavily wooded forests it is a sight to behold. Surely the chants of the monks echoe through the thick walls here. Vast windows and soaring arches give an insight to a way of life that lasted 400 years.
Headed now to Abergavenny and traveling through the picturesque Wye valley - officially an area of outstanding natural beauty. Then on through the magnificent Brecon Beacons until we arrive at our destination for the next 2 nights Builth Wells, a small village set amongst the hills and our B and B is called The Woodlands, a restored house of the Victorian era. It has beautiful grounds and gardens and inside a lovely staircase and comfortable rooms with ensuites.
Trying to find a meal for tea was less easy, seven pubs in town but none recommended by the locals, so we went to nearby Newbridge On Wye and found The New Inn for a nice pub meal.
The next day we drive on to Rhyader and then through the Elan valley, outstanding beauty and viewed the large dams which began construction in 1896 to supply water for Birmingham. This was a really lovely drive and after some early rain the day cleared and visibility was good. Heaps more sheep in this area but how they find most of them is beyond me.
We wound our way through the mountains that reminded me so much of Scotland and came to the charming seaside town of Aberystwyth. What a lovely promenade of colorful Victorian era two storey buildings. Not raining but very windy we all took the opportunity of a bracing walk along the sea front to admire the views of Cardigan Bay.
Lunch, then back to Builth Wells via a different but equally scenic route. Got back by 6, found a quaint pub on a small village nearby. For the benefit of Ann and Jeff I am now on a new drink...Pimms - it's lovely and very refreshing in this summer weather! Kevin is on fosters larger. So it's not all about the tea...but still having lots of that also!
Our last breakfast together the next morning as Sam and Maggie were heading home. Sam had hay bales done while we were away and was keen to get back to put them away. He had driven us the whole 2 days and it was wonderful to have such tour guides. We have had a marvelous time with them and it was a bit sad to say goodbye but hopefully we will see them again as they are keen for another trip to Australia.
Kevin has a terrible head cold and I fear I am getting it also.
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