Our overseas jaunt started with a traversal of the 'wider-than-the-Mersey' Severn to start our mini-break at St. Fagan's National History Museum just west of Cardiff. This is an open-air site where numerous historical buildings have been lovingly and carefully rebuilt. We started in the Celtic roundhouses where Clare had a chance to question a native (below) about the central heating (pictured).
Clare talks to a Celt about their housingNext we moved on to the late-mediaeval Catholic Church.
Clare at the entrance to St. Teilo's mediaeval Catholic Church
The Ascension - rather NASA-like
Icons of things you can't do on a SundayA collection of pictures showing the brightly-illuminated wall decorations was the subject of the previous post.
Clare at St. Fagan's Castle gardensWe then walked across to the other side of the site to visit the "castle" (a 1580 Elizabethan Manor House) and its charming gardens.
Then it was off to Barry island, home of the famous "Gavin and Stacey" where we both paid homage by eating chips on a litter-strewn beach. The white item stranded on the sand in Clare's picture is an item of feminine underwear: don't ask!
Clare ("Stacey") at Barry Island
Nigel ("Gavin") at Barry IslandAfter the sophisticated delights of Barry island (which we both enjoyed) we drove to the Premier Inn near Newport where we were able to note how the Beefeater chain has moved noticeably upmarket.
Special Effects at the Caerleon Roman Bath HouseFriday we took in the Roman Legion Fortress at Caerleon. We started in the Bath House, and then moved on to the Amphitheatre and the Barracks.
Clare charges a predator in the Caerleon amphitheatre
Clare welcomes the troops to the Caerleon barracksOn our way home we decided to visit Leigh Woods, overlooking the river Avon. Have you ever encountered a National Trust site worse signposted? By trial-and-error, much driving in circles and exploring anonymous side roads we eventually found where to park and had a pleasant walk.
Someone has invested in new parking facilities, how about a sign on the A369?