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Day trip to Wales.

So last week, glenatron bought a horsebox on eBay and this weekend we went to Carmarthenshire, South Wales, to collect it. I thoroughly approve of any purchase that means we get to visit Wales, however briefly. :)

We took the train to Swansea on Friday evening (also: long distance trains have TV screens now?! We watched episodes of Doctor Who and Adventure Time the entire way there! Best train journey EVER!) and stayed with a friend of Ben's, who kindly put us up for the night. She had guinea pigs and I got to cuddle one and it was awesome. <3

The next day we got a train to Carmarthen, were picked up from the station by the husband of the seller (in a BMW convertible - very fancy, I've never been in an open top car before. Is not designed for long-haired people. I looked like I had a birds nest on my head by the end of the drive ... but still, worth it!), got in the horsebox and drove it all the way home (approx 220 miles).

Naturally, I have some train window/lorry windscreen photos to share because, y'know, Wales. <3 North Wales - specifically Snowdonia - is my heart's home, but the south is also pretty and I have some great memories of previous visits.
It's the seeeeeaaaa!! This is on the train from Swansea (which is derived from the Viking name, Sveinsey - 'Sveinn's island'. In Welsh it is called Abertawe).

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CASTLE. I did some research and these are the ruins of Llansteffan Castle, built sometime in the 12th century by the Normans (although it is on the site of a much older Iron Age hillfort).

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Pretty riverbend and a glooming sky.

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Ben is driving his very own horsebox! ONWARDS TO VICTORY.

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Basically there were a lot of roads and rolling hills like this.

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Crazy amount of cows on the hillside.

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Swans on the river.

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Laugharne castle (11th/12th century). We had hoped to stop here for lunch, but the car park was jam packed - as you can see - because there was a carnival on. D'oh!

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A pretty building I spotted as we drove back through Laugharne (Welsh name: Talacharn). This village was the home of Dylan Thomas for the last 4 years of his life, which is pretty cool. The pink building you can see on the right is Castle House, a Georgian mansion which Dylan Thomas described as 'the best of houses in the best of places'. I agree on the location, but - from the outside - not so sure on the house itself.

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More hills and lovely sweeping roads. :)

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Driving over the River Severn, after which we're back in England and on motorways so, y'know, no point taking anymore photos. I would have loved to have taken some pictures of the river itself - it is huge and magnificent and I have a weird obsession with it - but unfortunately the barriers are too high. Stupid safety! Pah!

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And a Google Maps screengrab of our route home. Well done to Ben for getting us, and the new lorry, back safely. :3

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thegreylioness
Aug. 11th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
Makes me think of the scene in Bridget Jone's Diary (movie) where she starts out with the scarf on her head in the convertible on the way to holiday and loses it and ends up with huge mess of hair by the time they get to their hotel.

Lol.
herecirm
Aug. 11th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Haha, oh yeh! I remember that scene. That's basically what I was like ... started out thinking 'ooh, this is glamorous!' and by the end I was Bridget Jones. Siiiigh.
skyloon
Aug. 11th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
I want to see castles! We don't have them in 'murica, lol. Interesting how the roads are lined with hedges.
Would like to visit the UK, someday.
quietann
Aug. 12th, 2013 01:00 am (UTC)
Congrats on the horsebox. We don't have many of them over here; most people who want to haul horses have a truck and trailer.
glenatron
Aug. 12th, 2013 07:49 am (UTC)
I think in the US it is easier to afford to run a truck- here fuel is so costly that running a 4x4 as your main car is prohibitive even if one was to ignore environmental factors.
quietann
Aug. 12th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
That is true... also a lot of our rigs would not fit on your narrow roads.

Our truck is our second vehicle; since Ben mostly works at home, we put maybe 5000 miles per year on it, mostly his shopping runs and my trailering, and 15000 on my car. I take the rail to work in Boston, but if Ben has a meeting in or near Boston he takes my car, because it's easier to drive and park in the city than the truck is. (Probably seems like a lot of miles to you, but the US really is that spread out.)
mystereos
Aug. 12th, 2013 07:06 am (UTC)
What lovely pictures :)
ilikerivers
Aug. 13th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
So pretty! I want to visit.
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