Kevin and I just got back from two days in Wales.  I had been expecting a more craggy and dark landscape.  It was instead beautiful and green.DSCN0078  This is the view from a little country road near Abergavenny, where we were lost, trying to find St. Teilo’s church, where my ancestors the Lewises were married in the late 1500s.  Looked so easy on the map.

At that point my camera battery died.  I had ignored the premonition on leaving the house in somerset, trying to pack light for two days away.

What I don’t have pictures of are:  the Brecon Beacon mountains, which were drove around and through; the castle of Cearphilly an the way into Cardiff, the city of Cardiff, and the interesting museum of the Welsh people.  The Brecons are green and treeless on top, more softly rolling than craggy.  There is a peacefulness about the area.

When we were almost down to Cardiff on the coast we stopped in Caerphilly, where there is a large semi-restored castle in the center of town, with its own moat/pond.  It is also the city park around the pond, with hundreds of geese begging at the benches.  The castle is also a record of history, as owners made it more elegant and home-like as time went on.

Cardiff center is a traffic nightmare and seemed grey and forbidding.  We went to a wonderful restaurant in the neighborhood.  I had a fantastic goat cheese and fig tart and mussels in chorizo sauce, which were the best I’ve ever had.  The food here has been quite good and consistently varied.  For lunch today I had a Welsh beef stew that was quite good.  And tonight we are going to the local pub.

Last night and this morning it rained, which is the first time since I’ve been here.  So lucky with the weather.  So we waited at the hotel and read.  The Welsh museum has been assembled from rural farm buildings which were moved to the site from all over Wales, to be set down in the grounds of a manor house in St. Fagan’s, which is a bit west of Cardiff.  Free to everyone.  With people in period costumes as guides, all fluent in Welch.  And English.  The buildings ranged from 16th century farmhouses to stores from the 1920’s.  There was one brilliant row of attached cottages, where each one was furnished in a period from 1650 to 1950, all exactly the same building.  Really great exhibit.

Now I want to go back and spend more time in Wales and see all of it.