Country Wales here we come!

Country Wales here we come!

It has been a great day as we wind around the country back roads of Wales. We stop for a cup of coffee and Explorason is asleep so we have to park the car where we can watch him.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Wales West Coast

To date, it is the best coffee yet, even though it is in a paper cup (which I detest) but gee it was great. Such a shame, as turns out it was a tea rooms where we could have sat in a 40o year old building with pretty floral cups and saucers, and lifted the ‘pinky finger’ and had a real cream tea!

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Exploramum and Explorason – country hospitality in Wales

There are waterwheels and lovely bridges and it is so green and lush.

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Exploramum and Explorason – the old water wheel

It seems that every 5 minutes we are hopping in and out of the car for a quick walk or a photograph. It is just lovely!

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Exploramum and Explorason – discovering Wales

We head through pretty coastal towns like Aberystwyth.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Aberystwyth #1

Although the weather was grey, it was still nice to see and the buildings in their pastel colours made for great pictures.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Aberystwyth #2

The old pier is amazing and is like stepping back in time.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Aberystwyth #3 pier fun

We enjoyed a walk along the beach front and the sea air made us hungry.  So we stopped and had a meal in a marquee type store right on the boardwalk area.  The price was great and s was the food!  I also scored a book of poems that was ink signed 1857 for fifty pence so I was pretty happy about that.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Aberystwyth #4

We continued down the coastal road and stopped for yet more photographs, and loved the fact that the blue sky was shining through the clouds.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Coastal Road

Interestingly the butcher was in a van, so we stopped for a photo of that too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Welsh mobile butcher

Dolphin tours are everywhere along the coast, but we missed one by about 15 minutes so that made the decision easier to keep driving.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Welsh coastal towns

We also saw an old Fort area made with the grasses from hundreds of years ago. Again we tried to stop, but it was about to close and so we had to give that a miss. But it was great to see from a distance anyway.

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Exploramum and Explorason – old grass forts

St. David’s was the next stop.

As we step through the arch, we long to look at the church named after the patron saint of Wales.

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Exploramum and Explorason – St. David’s #1

A throng of tourists seem to be around and so we join them in our amble down the slopes toward the cathedral.

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Exploramum and Explorason – St. David’s Cathedral

We sidetrack at a pretty little cottage and love the red painted doorway. This is just inside the arch area and leads down a winding lane.

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Exploramum and Explorason – St. David’s – cottage

Explorason wants to walk on the wall, but as a cautious Mum it is agreed he sits.

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Exploramum and Explorason – St. David’s Cathedral wall

Explorason enjoys finding the images on the columns and we say a prayer for our journey and light the candles too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – St. David’s inside the cathedral

We have selected a place to stay and it is about 1 hour from Saint Davids and so we journey on. We are the only guests and it is lovely and clean and warm.  It is in Lawrenny and it is slightly inland.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Lawrenny Millenium

We hear music playing so hop in the car and end up at a Cider Festival.  This is interesting as it is at a Yacht Club and also at the side of the pub.  We feel a bit like we gatecrashed a party. No-one talks to us and I drink my warm cider and we have a dance and we head off to make our dinner back where we are staying.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Lawrenny Cider Festival

As soon as we get back the rain comes down, and we are glad we have the place to ourselves and it is snug and warm.

As our journey continues through Wales tomorrow we have an early night and look forward to a new day in the morning.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Lawrenny Millenium

Tomorrow holds a treat, and we are all excited!

 

 

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