Castle tour of Wales begins

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The castle tour

Following Andrew's night before research we are going to see Conwy Castle.  While purchasing the ticket the helpful young man gives us some options and as we plan to see a couple more castles in Wales we opt for the 7 day ticket and unknowingly our Castle tour begins.  Conwy is pretty special and we decide to go on to Beaumaris next.  This castle has three lines of defence being a moat, the outer wall and an inner wall if invaders were planning to breach the castle.  In the centre of the castle we come across a band of period dressed people busy at their daily medieval tasks.  I ask the guy with the vicious looking pike at the inner passageway if he shouldn't be challenging us with a "Halt! Who goes there" or something.

Extremely windy and cold at Beaumaris
  He checks me out and said that he was only tasked to keep Cheshire bowmen out and as I don't appear to have a bow or even a quiver he will allow me to pass.  Inside on the grass, tents are pitched around and various trades are being carried out, candle maker, blacksmith, a leather worker and a cook.  A bit of an altercation breaks out when a bunch of foot soldiers decide that the castle appears to be defenceless with only a woman in charge so they want to take over!  Excellent entertainment.

We find we have time to fit in Canarvon Castle where the Princes of Wales are invested with Charles being the last one in 1969.  Our 7 day ticket now owes us nothing and all the next ones are free.  Find a camp at Talsarnau which is highly regulated and it is damp and windy.  This type of camping is not our favourite as we love to be able to pitch our tent where ever we find the quietest spots.   The World Cup final is played out painfully and controversially and Italy wins.  I decide to put up our Aussie flag on the van again, just because, just because Australia was robbed of a chance to go further and I heard that said again today (late November) by an European Soccer official who was not as biased as us!

X_Drive says:
Someday, I hope to do a good tour of the castles of the U.K. This looks so good.
Posted on: Aug 12, 2006
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The castle tour
The castle tour
Extremely windy and cold at Beauma…
Extremely windy and cold at Beaum…
the man with the pike
the man with the pike
Negotiations taking place over the…
Negotiations taking place over th…
View from up high
View from up high
Views over the town and the walls …
Views over the town and the walls…
Talsarnau
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