Cider and Bones

Today we checked out of our AirBnB house and headed back to Cardiff, but made a couple of stops on the way. The first was in Taunton, the heart of cider production in Somerset.  Sheppys is a 200 year old producer of cider and they have a sizable operation.  In addition to producing cider, they […]

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Ye Olde Rainy Town

Today we decided to get out of the house, although it was a typical British rainy day.  30 minutes west of Torquay is the town of Totnes.  There was a castle here as early as 907AD, but today the most interesting architecture is Elizabethan. The Normans got here early and the motte and bailey style castle […]

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East of Eden

About 65 miles west of Torquay is the Eden Project.  It takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to drive there, since there is no motorway in the region. The Eden Project is a remarkable enterprise.  Once a disused clay pit, something that mars many locations in Cornwall along with disused tin mines, the space has been transformed […]

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On the trail of the Hound of the Baskervilles

Today we headed off to Dartmoor, a large area in the center of Devon and one with a number of interesting historic sites.  Our first destination was the visitor’s center in Princetown, near the heart of the moor. I had always pictured Dartmoor as a wild and desolate place in my head, and indeed in […]

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