Sun and rain and castles and ruins in the UK

Our first few days in the UK were warm and sunny.  We couldn’t have asked for better whether.

As we drove from Cardiff to the north of Wales, we were treated to the most amazing scenery.  At one point, we were driving over a mountain range with sheep and horses grazing freely on the side of the road.  On more than one occasion I was pretty sure we were going to hit one of the sheep (the horses were smart enough to get out of the way), but we didn’t.

Wales countryside

Wales countryside

Robert in Wales

Robert in Wales

In the north of Wales we visited Beaumaris castle.  It was never finished, but it was still pretty impressive.  (Although, apparently the “s” is pronounced and I never figured out why….).

Beamaris castle

Beamaris castle

Beaumaris castle

Beaumaris castle

We then made our way to England where we enjoyed the English countryside, visited Hadrian’s wall and visited some related Roman ruins.

In the English countryside

In the English countryside

There are still quite a few segments of the wall left, but they pretty much all looked the same to me.  (And, in all honestly, I sometimes couldn’t tell the difference between Hadrian’s wall and more modern stone walls).

Watching the clouds roll in

Watching the clouds roll in

Just chilling along the wall

Just chilling along the wall

After that, it was off to Scotland, where the weather turned.  It has been pretty cold and rainy since we arrived here.  Nonetheless, we made it to Edinburgh castle and had a nice walk around the city, looking at the architecture.  We also wandered through an old cemetery and visited the Edinburgh dungeon (do not waste your money on this one…).

Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh skyline

Edinburgh skyline

Plus, we got to have dinner with Ken and Sue, a couple we met in Vietnam and then met up with again in Malaysia.

Today, we are off to Inverness!  (I’m keeping my eyes open for time travelers….).

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