- 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.

- Up to Abergavenny -


Today we went to Abergavenny for lunch with Phil’s mum, Pauline and Clive. On route, Clive stopped in to show us Kenfig Nature Reserve and where he used to go swimming as a kid. It was a bit overgrown in part and now appears to be a dog walkers delight, but I could definitely see the charm and peacefulness in the place.

From here we headed to Abergavenny and happened upon an old castle ruin. It was established by the Norman Lord Hamelin de Balun in about 1087; and was the site of a massacre of Welsh noblemen in 1175, and was attacked during the early 15th century Glyndŵr Rising.

 The ruins were amazing and it was a little sad to think that I was standing where once a massacre had taken place, all those many centuries ago. The town itself was very nice. I wish I’d taken photos of the town itself, but I was caught up with the exploration and shopping. I discovered a great hat store full of beautiful beanies and pompom hats. Whilst not a cheap store, I loved it so much, we made two trips to Abergavenny just so I could stock up.