This post comes from Laura McLaughlin who spent the weekend in Wales, trying to explore as much as she could within just a short space of time.
Wales is beautiful. The autumn weather is here with the leaves on the trees turning the most beautiful colours. At the moment I am sitting looking out the window at the typical English garden, over to the mountains where the heather is almost glowing as the sun goes down. It was quite cold by my standards, it will be about zero tonight and has been getting up to about 17 degrees during the day. Everyone here is thrilled with how mild it is.
I got the train to Cardiff without incident. I spent Thursday wandering around Cardiff, the capital of Wales. I visited Cardiff castle which was amazing, the national Wales museum, even stuck my head into the national art gallery.
Later on I caught a train to Newport to stay with friends. We went down to the local pub for tea, where I was given the honour of sitting in the spot where Lord Tennyson wrote his ‘Idyll to a King’. I haven’t read it myself but I was suitably impressed with the spot. There was a quiz in the pub after dinner and one of the questions was: name a famous Australian. Very excitedly I offered a vast array of very cultured answers… but you know who the answers were???? Rolf Harris! Dame Edna and Crocodile Dundee.
I spent lots of time in Newport looking at the Roman ruins. The ancient Romans had a camp there for a while and there is still the amphitheatre which is kind of like the Colosseum and there are also barracks for the camp. Then I returned to Cardiff to Swansea. I visited Kidwelly Castle (900 yrs old) then drove around the coast near Swansea which was gorgeous.3