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South of North Wales

Here we are, the first of my posts about Wales. Hopefully I didn't leave it too long this time!


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Part 1: South and North

We started our North Wales trip in South Wales. As you do. This was entirely because I wanted to go to the Royal Mint in Llantrisant and we figured that while we were there we should spend a bit of time in the nearby area too.


First up, one of Wales's many castles, Caerphilly:

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Home of fancy geese:

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A proper water-filled moat:

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And some dragons. It is Wales, after all!

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Also, it apparently has a really famous leaning tower, which I didn't know existed until I went there but is definitely leaning...

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Good thing that guy's there to hold it up.


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I just like this picture.

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Nice and sunny in South Wales! And Welsh flags, just in case you thought I was lying about where I was.


We left Caerphilly and headed to Llanerch Vineyard Hotel where we were spending the night. It was a very pretty place.

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Not a bad view from our hotel room!


The Vineyard also had a little wooded area with a walking path, so we explored that for a bit,

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And were judged by some curious sheep in the next field:

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Of course we couldn't come to a Vineyard and not do a tour and tasting...

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Vines!

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Wine!


The next day we went to The Royal Mint, where they make coins for the UK and a lot of other countries...

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Hello, Paddington!


Photography wasn't allowed in the Royal Mint Experience so I don't have any pictures of the money-making machines, but I do have photographic evidence of me picking up a solid gold bar worth £400,000.

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It was exceedingly heavy!


We then headed upwards via Pontypridd, which wasn't particularly pretty but did have a nice park.

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As you can see, the weather was not as nice as the day before!

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Flower close-up cos I like taking close-ups of flowers!


We drove up through the Brecon Beacons, which were pretty but misty.

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Sheep bums!

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The weather did improve somewhat and the scenery was very picturesque, although it did get worse again as the drive went on.


After a less than pleasant drive through the rain, we made it to Porthmadog.

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It has a pretty harbour

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And this pub...

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The Australia! Home of Purple Moose Brewery beer, which I was a big fan of. If we'd been there longer I'm sure we'd have drunk in that pub many nights! =D

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That's it for South Wales and the journey up. Next up we're properly in the North and it's time to take some trains!


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