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CAERNARFON to ABERGAVENNY (Wales) 24 July

Welsh countryside

Unable to get more accommodation in Caernarfon we decided to venture South avoiding the ominous black clouds, we succeeded in avoiding rain all day.
Leaving Caernarfon heading towards Snowdonia, riding through the Pass of Lianberis we came across the Slate mine, huge chunks are being taken out of the mountain. Explains the excessive use of slate in Caernarfon.

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The scenery is quite rugged and reminded us of movie sets.

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Next stop was the delightful little village of Beddgelert.

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After Beddgelert we rode along the coast past Harlech, a very popular coastal "resort" area, actually the holiday village consisted of row upon row of block houses near the beach - Welsh Rivieria Steve called it.

Now it was time to find some twisty roads. Through Rhayader towards Brecon we rode through some brilliant scenery and great roads, winding and twisting through the farmland with hedges right to the edge of a very thin road, lots of fun. This ride was recommended to us by Richard (of Westons Apple Cider) and was great.

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We finished our day at Abergavenny still in Wales. (If that name sounds familiar - think of the song !!!)

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ROSS-on-Wye (England) to Caernarfon (Wales) 23 July

Llmcvad Yr Wyddfa ddelan (whatever !!! in Welsh)

Huge thunder storm & lots of lightning last night, then finally it rained, unfortunately this did not cool the air much, but made it very humid.
Yesterday we met Westons Cider's best salesman, Richard, after we caught him checking out our bikes, and after striking up a friendship we shared dinner and motorcycle riding stories with him.
He convinced us a visit to Westons, home of the best Cider, was a must.
Westons is at Much Marcle 20kms from Ross so involved only a short ride to start the day, fortunately for us it was no longer raining.

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The home of the first Henry Weston, his great great grandson lives here now. This house is used for the Logo on their products.

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The old fashioned horse drawn Apple press.
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An original bottle washer and Keg Cart in the museum area -

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Our favourite Cider -

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Leaving Westons we rode toward Wales, our next destination.

Llyn Clywedog ( Lake "something" - welsh is an impossible language to interpret )
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Dylife Gorge -

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And a very strange sheep - black socks and black spots on his face. Lots of them around here. (he probably thinks we are weird too !!!)

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We arrived at Caernarfon and got the last room at the Inn - literally an Inn - The Black Boy Inn, in the old Walled town which surrounds Caernarfon Castle.

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Steve was very keen on the 4/6 special - need I say anymore

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A short walk after dinner revealed the castle at the end of our street :-

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Steve knocked on the door to see if King Edward 1 was in, we thought a cuppa might be nice, but alas, no answer.

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Back at the Inn we discovered Nougat had made himself at home - he does like nice accommodation:-
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BATH to ROSS-on-WYE (England) 22 July

Clifton Bridge & Lacock village

Leaving Bath this morning we went direct to Bristol / Clifton to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Designed by Brunel it is classed as one of his masterpieces, and one of the worlds greatest bridges. Completed in 1864 the 76metre high bridge spans the Avon river.

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Then we crossed back to Lancock a delightfull little village which has retained its olde world charm. This village has been used frequently for filming of English movies, you may recognise some of the buildings from Pride & Prejudice and also Harry Potter.

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Nougat got very excited when he heard about the Teddy Bears Picnic at the Abbey, unfortunately we were a bit early so he dropped in to put in his apology.

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REIMS (France) to BATH (England) 20 & 21 July

France to UK

After a few days break at Reims we left for the very boring ride along the Motorway to Calais and rode onto the train for Folkestone UK.
Another boring trip on the Motorway and we decided to call it a day at Guildford, not a very exciting town but it had to do.
At least now we can understand what people are saying to us - sortof in their Pommy accents.
This morning (Sunday) we rode to Bath, a lovely old village we visited at the beginning of our holiday,and wanted to visit again.
Our accommodation is a lovely old B & B, unfortunately only available one night.

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The Circus "circle of houses" was built in 1754, a circle of 33 houses divided into three sections.
Built by John Wood Snr - inspired by the Colosseum

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Nearby is the Royal Crescent, built by John Wood Jnr between 1767 & 1774, consisting of 30 homes.

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Houses near the Royal Crescent.

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And a wander around Bath completed the day.

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Pulteney bridge is the only historic bridge, apart from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, to have shops built into it, and they are still currently in use.

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REIMS - EPERNAY 19 July

An amazing Sound & Light Show, Moet & Chandon

Not to be missed - the most amazing sound & light show etc etc : Reims Cathedrale Notre-Dame
We had read so much about this show we had to go - commencing at 11pm it was a big ask !!!

Absolutely well worth the effort - the most spectacular display imagineable. The Cathedrale is transformed by a spectacular laser light show.

BEFORE :
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AND THEN THE SHOW BEGAN :

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Look closely, this is all done by special effects - 3D

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Being in the Champagne region of France we could not possibly leave without a visit to Epernay - the home of Champagne.
"Dom Perignon" "Moet & Chandon" Only grapes from this area can be used to produce Champagne.

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This street looks just like any other - except below is a maze of 110 kilometres of cellars housing 200 Million bottles of Champagne.

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Mr Moet :

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Mr Chandon :

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Down in to the cellars we went -

Dom Perignon, aging gracefully - note the corks and shape of bottle, peculair to Dom Perignon

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Moet & Chandon - bottles & bottles as far as we could see

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sooooo tempting, this section holds 11,390 bottles of Moet -

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Then came the best part - TASTING !!!!

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Our favourite - Moet & Chandon / 2004 / Rose

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And of course there was a shop - what a shame the Panniers are so small (Grrrrrr )

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