A Wales of a Time!

When the rush of London life gets too much, a little break is just what the doctor ordered, so Ben and I hopped on a train to go and visit his lovely family in Wales.

Although the weather wasn't much better, the fresh air and rolling fields were definitely refreshing.

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On the top of my list was to visit a castle, so off to Caerfilly Castle we went! As we approached, I could see the Castle in the distance...

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But first, can we just take a moment to appreciate how cheap the parking is in Wales compared to London - 80p?! 80P???!!! Amazing.

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As we walked towards the Castle, we were accosted by the bravest ducks (or are they geese?) I'd ever met, quacking away as if to welcome us to their humble abode.

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After having said hello to all the ducks, we finally made it to the imposing Castle doors, ready to explore!

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Built by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th Century, this Castle was everything you would expect of a medieval fortress.

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We spent our time running down cobbled alleyways, exploring every nook and crannie.

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It felt like we had the Castle all to ourselves...

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Until we stumbled across the Castle guardian!

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Luckily, we managed to escape his wrath and skipped across the road for some well deserved tea - exploring sure does take it out of you!

Glanmore's is a quaint tea house in Castle Court Shopping Centre. With an old-fashioned interior and waitresses in traditional tea maid uniform, I was in love with the place!

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With a belly full of yummy berry pie and ice cream, we headed home to rest up before heading over to Nan's for dinner.

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Delicious homemade risotto washed down with rich red wine followed by a loud, but highly entertaining game of 5 Second Rule - it was the perfect end to a wonderful day.

Day 2 and the exploring continued! This time, we drove to beautiful Porthcawl...

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The sun shining brightly, we could marvel at the coast in all its glory.

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With the crashing waves and sea breeze, I felt like I was a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London...

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But that was all the exploring we had time for because Wales was playing rugby in the afternoon and we obviously couldn't miss that! So we rushed home to relax in front of the TV before heading home the next day.

Thank you for having me Wales, I'll be back soon!

From 1st November 2016 - 28th February 2017, Caerphilly Castle is open Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm and on Sundays, 11.00am - 4.00pm, and can be found at Caerphilly Castle CF83 1JD.

Entry is £6 per adult with senior citizens, students and children under 16 going for £4.20.

Glanmor's is open Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm and can be found at Unit 30, Castle Court Shopping Centre, Caerphilly CF83 1NU.