We arrived safely in Wales, with no floodwaters in sight. Yay.
We first went to Caerphilly Castle, which is a HUGE castle from the 1200's, and enjoyed it immensely. Luckily for us, the sun had come out and the day was glorious. We then headed for Castell Coch, a 19th century castle built for the Bill Gates of his day, Lord Bute...designed to be a model medieval castle, but is actually a fantasy of a medieval castle with turrets and towers and magnificently-painted interiors. I loved it but John prefers the more 'real' look of Caerphilly Castle (read big, cold, gray.
We wandered up to the Brecon Beacons (so-called 'mountains} and went to our B&B, The Canal Bank Bed and Breakfast, with a driveway so scary that John let the inn owner do the parking. He was afraid that he and the car would end up in the canal. The accomodation was lovely. We wandered down the canal for dinner and found a pub that served a wonderful Steak and Ale Pie, and excellent Sticky Toffee Pudding. The beer we drank was called 'Brains', for some unexplained reason.
We did meet a couple at our B/B this morning that had driven to Wales (from Suffolk) on Friday. Apparently, all the freeways were closed, due to flooding, and it took them 16 hours to get there. They said that it should have been a 5-hour drive. They had to sleep in their car! They said that the roads were littered with abandoned cars. It felt a little like the War of the Worlds.
Today, we went to the Mountain Center of the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the driving wind and rain, only to be actively discouraged by the park ranger from going hiking. It didn't take much to convince me. So, more castles for us.
We went to a couple of them. The good news was that rain had stopped and the sun came out.
John drove the SCARY roads to Pembrokeshire and our current accomodation in Newport. We literally almost got hit head-on by a blue Mercedes who thought a lane built for almost-two cars belonged exclusively to him. He swerved at the last possible second and scared the HELL out of us.