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Still in the UK - just. :)

Having a relaxed breakfast airside at Heathrow now, and about to board in 10 mins for 30 hours of flights and airports ahead. :)

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Thanks for the good wishes from those above, and especially to DavyJo, PeterH, Goof and joneboy for making the time to catch up in person, and give us first-hand input on this wonderful area of the world.

And of course, no visit to WALES could ever be complete without a visit down a Welsh coal mine. :lol:

I understand there is these days only a single private mine in operation?

We visited The Big Pit - a wonderful experience. 300 feet down into the earth VERY slowly, in the industrial cage lift, all equipped with miners helmet and breathing apparatus etc, in case of noxious fumes etc.

A lot of these sort of things are pretty DisneyWorld, and quite fake and very superficial. HIGHLY recommended to any visitors - not a long drive out of Newport.

NOT this one! A team of gruff and rough ex miners do the tour, and induction, to this very real coal mine. A lot of walking underground. Very wet and muddy underfoot, very dark, and shored up with tree trump supports and ancient infrastructure. Pit pony stalls etc.

I am tall, and MOST of the movements underground I was bent double banging my helmet endlessly on the cross-beams - access was only 4 foot high in MOST places!

Impossible to imagine working down there all one's life - as large numbers did all over Wales. Vey sobering.

There was a separate above ground section recounting he Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill Union strike breaking struggle - also very sobering. A 'must visit' place for all tourists to Wales. :lol:

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JonEboy wrote: 01 Jun 2024 18:13 We’re looking forward to it too. Just sorting our passports and day passes for the border and we’re set :lol: :lol:
Don't forget to change your English pounds for Welsh dollars. :lol:
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Global Admin wrote: 29 May 2024 21:34
Way out here, I notice Queen Victoria is still the Monarch of choice. :!:

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Update - in Conwy .. they are now up to KEVII!

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This thread is a great advertisement for visiting Wales. The pictures make me want to visit next spring. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of the castles and comparing them to stamp images. Thank you for sharing your trip with the forum.

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Thanks Kevin,

Do hope you manage to make a visit - plenty to see - we only touched the sides really. :lol:

We've driven around Scotland, and around Ireland a couple of times, but seems like most visitors overlook Wales. :)

For anyone ever visiting, our big tip is to buy a 'CADW PASS'. You can even do this online before you arrive.

https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/admissions

Allows virtually unlimited access to most places tourists want to see. And the '7 Day' Pass is better than it sounds - you can use if for ANY 7 days within 14 days from first use, (suited us superbly) and the '3 day' pass any 3 days of visit within 7 days of first use.

As most castles etc cost £20=£26 per couple entry, these are a total non brainer to buy for any visitor. :lol:

Use the '3 Day' pass twice and you are ahead already.

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Love the photos of the coal mine. Great pictures of a by gone era.
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I want an explanation, Glen, of why you and I keep looking older by the day while Margo just gets better looking. :?: :?: :?:
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Margo says she has paypalled you the 100 Canadian Dollars as requested. :lol:
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Too kind Mike!!
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