- Welcome to London! -


Welcome to old London Town!

From the squirrels that scurried around the autumn leaves at St James Park to the excess that is Harrods, it was an interesting stop in our adventures.

First impressions? Busy.

Taking the tube, whilst efficient, is awful! The lack of fresh air and fumes that have built up underground are not a great mix for an asthmatic. It must have been my least enjoyable experience of London. But the one thing I used the most.

Naively we thought that London wouldn’t be too busy in the ‘tourist spots’ given we were in off peak season. We did not quite envisage just how busy it could get and I hate to think what peak season looks like!

The highlight of our stay (for me) was definitely was seeing a show in the West End. It was our last night in London, so Phil took me out for a lobster dinner and a few drinks before seeing The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. It was a great night and a great way to end of trip.

Would I go back? Maybe next time, I’d explore some of the other towns in England instead.

Next stop Italy baby!

- A Change of Plan -


Our original plan was that we would walk up Pen y Fan (the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park). However, Phil was still recovering from a hernia operation and I had come down with a very bad cold which escalated to needing antibiotics. So, our plan had to change. We put our walk onto the back burner for the next time, instead, opting to take a drive through the National Park instead.

Blessed with blue skies and sunshine, but still a bit on the chilly side, it was a wonderful drive through the countryside dotted with small idyllic towns and rolling hills. The remnants of autumn lingering on the trees, made for a wonderful palette of contrasting colours.

- A Roman Bath -


Today we visited Bath and the Roman Baths. I have to say it… the Roman Baths were a little bit disappointing for me. I think the reason for this, is that I had romanticised it all in my head and on arrival it didn’t quite live up to expectation. I had expected the water to be crystal clear and that I might be able to dip my hand into the warm waters, where once Romans bathed and languished.

However, Bath is a beautiful town. We took ourselves out for a nice lunch and strolled the streets taking in the ambience of a town getting ready for Christmas.


- Caerphilly Castle -


Did someone say castle?

Yes, it’s another castle. Maybe they were right, maybe Australian’s do like old buildings!

I think this was my favourite so far. It looks as a castle should and it has a moat. Once a functioning castle, known for its historically significant architecture, it was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan and is the second largest castle in Britain.

- West of Wales -


An overnight adventure to West Wales.
I think Phil and I had a small communication breakdown about what I wanted to see during our visit. I had grand ideas of idyllic coastal towns and craggy rocky cliffs, showcasing the raw beauty of the welsh coastline. Don’t get me wrong, West Wales has all of that and much more...! I just didn’t get to see as much of it as I would have liked. As it turns out the sun sets super early in winter time. So by about 3.30pm we were already starting to lose the light.

We still had a lovely time. We had lunch in Fishguard in a little rustic pub, where you could bring your dog inside. We explored a “castle” in Cardigan. We then found the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and followed some very narrow lanes to arrive upon a most stunning coastline. It was extraordinary! Very windy and getting dark, we wandered for a short while, before retreating back to the car for our final destination for the night - Tenby. Whilst in Tenby, we went out for a fantastic meal at The Stables. If ever in the area, I recommend eating there.

I can’t wait til we go back to Wales, so that we can really explore beautiful West Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coastal path.