Sunday, October 29, 2006
Wales + Castles = Fun
Caerphilly Castle! Sweetness. My favorite castle that we have seen so far. A thousand year old castle that has become somewhat of a ruin, but that is what makes it so amazing. As you can see by looking at the pictures, it was pretty sweet, and a pretty strong fort back in its day. This tower here was supposedly hit by a cannon shot by Cromwell and is leaning at quite an angle. Not sure if that is just a wives tale, or if it is just erosion? I like the first one better though. This was one of my favorite spots thus far on the trip, and it made the awkward experience with the family worth it.
Here are a couple more shots of the castle, then the one at the bottom is at Cardiff Castle. Cardiff is the capitol city of Wales, Penarth, where we lived was a suburb of the city of about 400,000 so it was pretty decent sized. This castle is right in the middle of the city and has been very well kept up and was home to a duke or some special guy for a long time until he gave it to the city 50 years or so ago. Went on a nice tour through it.