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Our next stop - Talybont on Usk
This is a draw bridge over the canal next to our B&B. Someone from the barge has to come on shore to raise it and lower it.
The cemetery at Llanfrynach was cool looking with massive trees and ivy covered stones. This door is also in Llanfrynach and caught Yannis's eye.
Driving in the Brecon Beacon requires continuous vigilance, as these are 2-way streets! These weren't isolated occurrences. This is what many of the roads off the motorway were like.
Yannis had a horse that liked to go slooowwww - so he was always trailing way behind! Newenka's horse 1) was gassy, 2) hated walking through mud and went to great lengths to try to avoid it. When forced to walk through mud, he made a great, loud show of stomping the mud off his feet once back on firm ground. Anika and Tasha report that their horses loved to trot.
This was one impressive castle. It was double moated and still had fortifications on the inside tower!
The day we were there, they were preparing for a wedding, and a lovely harpist was playing in the chapel.
Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre
This old Roman amphitheatre sits unassumingly next to a farmer's field. It was built in 90 A.D. and used until the Romans withdrew in 290 A.D. It had an excavated center, and the dirt banks were used to support the first several rows of seats. Additional seating was constructed of wood, and would have been huge - they estimate that more than 6000 people could watch the activities in the Amphitheatre.
Strictly speaking, we are back in England, but these pictures will flow better here, so my apologies to the perfectionists in the audience.
We had planned our visit to Stonehenge to be on the summer solstice, since at daybreak the rising sun passes through two stones and illuminates the altar stone. That would be cool, huh? Then, as we were driving from Wales, we heard on the news that 23,000 people had been at Stonehenge overnight to watch this very event!! (And, this being England, it was overcast and drizzly.) We were sad to have missed it, but not really given the idea of joining 23,000 others to hang out in the rain and cold! Funny that our calendar back home said that the 22nd was the solstice, while here it was the 21st. (Of course in school we learned June 21, but that all changed after the millennium and I always attributed it to the lack of a leap year in the year 2000.) Oh well.
Ourfirst glimpse and impression
"We just cruised by Stonehenge! Wow!!! You come up and over this hill and then there on the top of the next little crest sits Stonehenge in all its glory!
"Of course you can’t find the camera until you have come down form the crest and then there is a truck in the way and then you are so low down that the trees block your view and then the hill itself stands between you and finally you park the car on the shoulder and you have to stare at Stonehenge through a very ugly, tall, green, chain-link fence, because it is 19:05 and Stonehenge "closes" at 19:00"
Lucky for us, we came back the next day. :-) And this time, we were ready for that view off the hill.
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For the curious - the presumed final stage Stonehenge versus the current Stonehenge (from opposite sides).
From Stonehenge, we headed to London Heathrow to catch a flight to Russia.
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