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St. David's and the Cathedral Close

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  • Day334

    St David's

    July 25 in the United Kingdom

    Am Mittwoch waren Mama und ich wieder joggen. Obwohl das jedes Mal wieder eine Qual ist werde ich immer schneller und ich fühle mich gut danach. Zuhause waren wir duschen und haben dann gefrühstückt bevor wir dann relativ bald aufgebrochen sind zu unserem relativ langen Ausflug.
    Raus aus unserem Teil in Wales, hinein in Pembrokeshire, sind wir ungefähr 2 ½ Stunden nach St David’s gefahren, der kleinsten Stadt Großbritanniens. An Ostern war ich in Wells, der kleinsten Stadt Englands, aber diese war noch kleiner. Eine riesen Kathedrale und die Ruine des Bischofs Platzes stehen außerhalb eines durchaus kleinen Dörfchens, durch die Kathedrale aber eben Stadt genannt.
    In St David’s angekommen sind wir als erstes ‚in‘ die Ruine gegangen. Einige Wendeltreppen konnte man da hoch und runter. Es hat Spaß gemacht das alles zu erkunden. Das Wetter war wunderschön und das, was vom Haus noch da war, auch.
    Nach der Ruine haben wir uns die riesige Kathedrale angeguckt. Da hat gerade ein Chor geprobt, was bei der Atmosphäre immer echt hilft. Zahlreiche verschiedene Arten von Decken waren in der Kathedrale zu bewundern. Immer mal wieder wurde anscheinend in einem anderen Stil angebaut, das Sammelsurium war aber echt schön.
    Die Kathedrale wurde in einer Senke gebaut, und nicht wie üblich auf einer Erhöhung, damit man sie von der Küste aus nicht sehen konnte. Indem sie nicht gezeigt haben, dass sie da sind, wollten sie sich vor dem Ausrauben schützen. Das hat auch gut geklappt, bis auf die drei Mal halt…
    In der Stadt St David’s sind wir dann einmal durch die Straßen gelaufen und haben Burger zu Mittag gegessen, womit unser Aufenthalt in St David’s dann auch schon wieder vorbei war.
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  • Day334

    Whitesands Bay

    July 25 in the United Kingdom

    Nach St David’s sind wir allerdings noch nicht wieder zurückgefahren, sondern sind zu einem kleinen, dezent überfüllten Badestrand gefahren. Mama, Jakob und ich sind dann auch schwimmen gegangen. Jakob und ich haben mit Ball werfen angefangen, sind dabei aber immer weiter reingegangen und haben dann halt irgendwann auch angefangen zu schwimmen. Mama hat sich zu uns gesellt und wir hatten mal wieder einen Nachmittag / frühen Abend, der sich 100%ig so angefühlt hat, wie man sich Sommer vorstellt.
    Nach dem Schwimmen hat Tomke dann auch noch beim Bilder machen geholfen, was immer sehr viel Spaß macht. Unglaublich lange waren wir nicht an dem Strand, aber wir haben die Zeit genossen.
    Auf dem Rückweg haben wir bei Lidl ein paar Sachen eingekauft, aber sonst hab ich die ganze Zeit gelesen. Nach der Fahrt war ich dann extrem müde und mir war auch ziemlich kalt. Trotzdem haben wir zu Abend gegessen und dann ein bisschen noch gespielt, bevor wir ins Bett gegangen sind.
    Ich hab also durchaus ein bisschen Sport gemacht und interessante Sachen gesehen und das in einem Land, wo ich vorher noch nicht war, der Tag war also ein voller Erfolg.
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  • Day108

    Day 108: Pembrokeshire

    June 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After wanting to do some hiking yesterday and not having much luck with the weather, today of course dawned with brilliant blue skies and promisingly warm sunshine. Of course we were going to be in the car a lot of today!

    We checked out of the cabin and hit the road around 9:30, heading south-west towards the coastline. First stop was the small village of Ystradgynlais to pick up some breakfast. Found a cafe that sold bacon baps with coffee for 2.50 each, so we grabbed a pair and scoffed them in the car.

    It was quite a long drive to our first destination, Barafundle Beach near the south-western tip of Wales. It's a large bay with a big sandy beach, surrounded by cliffs and fairly sheltered from the weather. Very pretty spot, with the green hills, grey slate cliffs, surprisingly white sand and deep blue shades of water. I got very annoyed at the car park, because it was a flat fee of five pounds to park regardless of whether you were staying a few minutes or a few hours. Ridiculous, and no wonder they have traffic problems nearby where people squeeze into the strangest of spaces to avoid paying.

    But regardless, we had a nice 20 minute walk over a few rolling hills to the beach which Schnitzel also very much enjoyed. Shandos was brave enough to put her feet in the water, but I contented myself with taking photos and retreating! Apparently not as cold as she was expecting. Lots of families parked on the sand enjoying the sunshine and their day out.

    Back up to the car where we headed further west into Pembrokeshire. More fantastic countryside, with green rolling hills, loads of sheep, a few grey stone outcrops poking up, and the sea never too far away. We stopped at our lunch destination, a food truck called Cafe Môr where they serve local cuisine and apparently one of the best food trucks in Britain.

    It was in a great spot, in a car park on a bluff above a huge long sandy beach, though this one definitely wasn't a beach for relaxing and swimming - much more wild and windswept! The food truck is apparently famous for their lobster rolls which unfortunately were out of season, but we had a crab roll with laverbread (a sort of seaweed sauce/paste) and a classic burger with the laverbread as well. Very tasty! Also interested to see that Cafe Môr meant "cafe by the sea" - very close to what it would be in Spanish (Cafe del Mar). I've noticed a couple of Welsh words that seem quite Spanish (or I guess, Latin-originating), maybe it's more closely related to Latin than to English? Something to follow up another time.

    Back in the car where we drove another two hours, this time north to the town of St David's, right on the western tip of Wales. This is the location of St David's Cathedral, a fairly famous landmark and home to the eponymous St David. He was a local bishop in the 6th century who performed miracles and eventually became venerated as the patron saint of Wales, and was buried here after his death.

    We wanted to look around the cathedral, but as luck would have it a BBC orchestra were performing live in there later in the evening. Half the building was blocked off, and they were busy rehearsing so you couldn't really do much inside anyway. Alas! The rest of the site wasn't free and we didn't feel like paying to access another ruined abbey, so we headed up the hill for a spot of afternoon tea and a pint in the sunshine!

    Back to the car where we drove eastward for another couple of hours to our accommodation for the night: a room in a large country house near the town of Newcastle Emlyn. The lady hosting us was very chatty and we had a long conversation with her, close to a couple of hours! At first I thought she must've been quite lonely as she started to unload a whole lot of baggage about her divorce and her kids and her sister who died of cancer last year and her pets and so on, but we both soon realised she was just a talker. A serious talker.

    Hurried down through the fields to the pub as I wanted to catch the Champions League final, but unfortunately it wasn't on the TV! Neither was it on TV at the other pub! So we had a quick dinner of chicken curry and headed back up to the house where I made it in time for the start of the second half. Priorities!

    Not much sleep for me tonight as I was just about to head for bed when news started breaking about the terrorist attack in London. I made the mistake of flipping on the BBC and getting hooked on the live coverage, which I ended up watching until well into the night! Sad to see, and slightly unnerving since we'd been at Borough Market only a couple of weeks earlier. But what can you do? Not much I think, just enjoy every day that you have and be happy with what you've accomplished.
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  • Day12

    #nebelAberTrotzdemBesteAusicht

    May 14 in the United Kingdom

    Endlich nach 6h Fahrt an der Nordwestküste von Wales an einer traumhaften Küste angelangt.
    Alte Schieferfelsen türmen sich hier zu filmreife Kulissen auf.
    Als würde sich gleich durch den Nebel das Piratenschiff von Fluch der Karibik schälen.
    Wirklich krass. Ohne Nebel sicher noch besser.
    Apropos...wir fahren nun beim Nebel zu unserem letzten Etappenziel. Sichtweite unter 5 m!!!

  • Day6

    Luggage

    August 17, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Jerry and I spent the day packing and repacking one big backpack and one small backpack. We are sending home 2 boxes of misc. stuff, books, maps, warm clothes (not needed on the camino), etc. Diana, Dennis and Kathy went on a boat trip this afternoon. They had a great time except they got rained on - a lot! They came home soaked. The weather has really changed here, more coastal now with fog and light rain.Read more

  • Day2

    We are at our house in St Davids , Wales

    August 13, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    We rode the ferry from Rosslare, Ireland to Fishguard, Wales. Then we rode a bus from Fishguard to here. The roads are so narrow and the bus just zooms down these countey roads until he meets a tractor, car or another bus. So someone always has to back up to a wide spot and usually that's not the bus. Then we literally squeeze by with inches to spare. This is the front of our house, and a sunset from our back door.Read more

  • Day22

    Rest and Relaxation

    August 14, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Today we spent the day resting, doing laundry, and wandering in town a bit. I took a walk down to St. Non's well and chapel, which is right along side the Pembrokeshire Coast Trail. It was a lovely short walk to the coast.

    For dinner I was very glad to get in the kitchen and make roast chicken, new potatoes, roasted asparagus, and sauted carrots. Sometimes a little work is the best way to rest.

  • Day4

    Pembrokeshire trail walk

    August 15, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    We had a lovely sunny day walking from St Brides to Little Haven, about 6 miles. According to locals today was the prettiest day they have had this summer. There were people sunbathing, swimming, waterskiing, and sailing.

  • Day5

    Kidwelly castle

    August 16, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Today we rode the bus to Haverfordwest, then caught the train to Carmethon, then to Kidwelly. The weather was great, sunny with a little breeze. We spent several hours exploring the castle. Then we went to The Gatehouse for late lunch. Jerry, Diana and I visited the church in town and sat in the gardens for a while. The last picture shows where the archers shot their arrows at the enemies storming the castle. We also discovered that a black cat is the symbol for Kidwelly because a black cat was the first living thing that was seen in the town after the plague in the Middle Ages. There are cat symbols everywhere, on doors, in windows , and next to signs of businesses. Diana and I thought that it was great.Read more

  • Day7

    Solva

    August 18, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Diana and I rode the bus to Solva, about 15 minutes away. They have lots of small shops with local crafts. Then we walked about a mile up the road to Solva Woolen Mills. It has been in existence over 100 years and only 2 owners in rhat length of time. They also had a tea shop so we had tea and sponge cake - yummy.

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