Monday, 31 August 2015

Adventures: Exploring Pembrokeshire, part one

As many regular readers of my blog know, Tenby in Pembrokeshire is one of my favourite places ever. It's right on the coast, which means the beach is right on your doorstep... and they're the best beaches ever. We come here every year, and it gets better every time. This year was no exception!

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We began our journey first thing, and had a fab roadtrip which included eating far too many sweets (I managed an entire bag of rainbow bacon and a Ripple) and stopping off at our favourite roadside toilet stop in the Brecons and taking in the wonderful mountain views!) - we all pitched in ideas of where to explore, and one of the first suggestions was Pendine Sands, to find the Museum of Speed (more on that later!) - after following the signs, we pulled up at a car park opposite an ancient castle! "We're here!" my Mum said. "Er, Mum... we're in Laugharne!" We all laughed.

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(as you can see, pay and display around here is a pain)

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We soon found our bearings. Laugharne is all uphill. We meandered through backlanes and admired gorgeous coastal views, finding boats parked up in the middle of the river. We also found the former home of the Welsh writer Dylan Thomas, and stumbled upon his writing shed (which boasts spectacular views, as well as looking like an inspiring place to write!) before finding the boathouse he stayed in. The garden was stunning and incredibly peaceful. I especially loved the bench. He even left his washing out!* (*not really.)

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On our walk back, we encountered a very friendly (and funny) dog who had found a particularly large stick. This caused much amusement among us and his owners! Although the dog gave us a look which suggested he'd been a bit naughty!

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It was onwards to Pendine Sands, and I asked my brother if I could take a photo of our parking ticket. "But why?" he asked. Reasons, bro. Reasons.

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Pendine was gorgeous - we had a long walk and found a little cafe to have lunch in before looking for the Museum of Speed, which houses a car called Babs. This car broke the land speed record, so it's definitely a must see. Although it's not open on Mondays. Which we discovered on our arrival. Oh well, you can still see it through the window!

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Our last stop of the day before bed was Tenby itself! We ate a gorgeous meal at a local pub (and watched Come Dine With Me on a nearby TV screen - one of the waiters stopped by to ask how our meal was, just as they were about to announce the winner! Nooo!) and visited the lifeboat station. I found a photobooth... we walked to the bandstand and watched the waves roll in before slowly making our way back to the hotel. Day one was perfect and I loved every minute! Join me tomorrow when I fill you in on day two!

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