Category Archives: South Wales

So near, yet so far, a trip to the ancient theatre at Epidauros

It was the evening after the August full moon, the 19th of August when my friend and I went to see “The Birds” by Aristophanes being performed in the ancient theatre at Epidauros. I was really looking forward to it … Continue reading

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Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk

I have just finished reading “Doomed” by Chuck Palahniuk, the sequel to his earlier novel “Damned.” I laughed out loud in places and would love to give you a taste of his descriptions. This is one of a ketamine-addicted “psychic … Continue reading

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“Damned:” A rollicking novel by Chuck Palahniuk

I go through phases of not reading books, but having discovered the joys of Amazon I might go back to it. They have books that probably couldn’t be found in an ordinary UK bookshop! “Damned” could be one of these! … Continue reading

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The Bear Inn, Crickhowell

Crickhowell is a picturesque Welsh market town, with the market cross marking what used to be the town centre. Close to this is my favourite eating place, The Bear Inn. I have been going there for forty years and still … Continue reading

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Eating and Drinking around Merthyr Tydfil

You may be forgiven for thinking of Merthyr Tydfil as a depressing, run-down place which is a relic of the Industrial Revolution, but it does have a few things going for it; it’s arts centre for one, and its eateries … Continue reading

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Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Monmouthshire, South Wales

  How oft, in spirit, have I turned to thee,   O sylvan Wye! thou wanderer thro’ the woods,   How often has my spirit turned to thee! These are lines from the poem “Lines composed a few miles above Tintern … Continue reading

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Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Raglan castle is situated just a little to the north of the village of Raglan in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. It is unlike the Marcher castles such as those of White Castle, and the castles at Abergavenny, Skenfrith and … Continue reading

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Grosmont Castle, one of the Three Castles in the Welsh Marches

Grosmont castle is one of the Three Castles built in the Welsh Marches, or at least one of those fortified in the 12th century. The Three Castles are those of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle. It is believed that there … Continue reading

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Skenfrith Castle, Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Skenfrith Castle is located five and a half miles from the town on Monmouth, Monmouthshire south Wales and thirteen miles from Abergavenny. It is one of the Three Castles which are those of White Castle, Grosmont and Skenfrith Castles. They … Continue reading

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Cardiff Castle in the City Centre

Visitors to Cardiff are often surprised to see a castle in the town centre. It is at the top of St. Mary St. and is easily accessible. The outer walls which you see from the city roads are the new … Continue reading

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