The family, well most of them, have been staying at a cottage in Pembrokeshire. Blessed by fine weather, our summer, come at Easter time, we have made the most of visiting beaches and castles.
A visit first off to Pembroke Castle for number one son who is in his second year of reading a medieval history degree
Then a stop off at Barafundle beach for ma and Pa
Stopping off at Solva
Me thinks some Guerrilla Geographers have been at work
and then the smallest city in the British Isles...the City of St David's with it's cathedral built on the site of the monastery first established by St David way back in 589 AD.
St David is of course, The Patron Saint of Wales
the Cathedral entrance guarded by these two former Bishops.....
what the photo doesn't show is how the arches actually lean outwards towards the edges of the photo
Nor does it show the steep floor angle rising up towards the alter and organ area
the roof of the main tower and below the roof above the shrine of St David
The shrine of St David. This is my second 'pilgrimage' to the shrine and so it is the equivalent of one pilgrimage to Rome as agreed by a Pope many, many centuries ago. As I have been to Rome several times, I'm hoping that the accumulated pilgrimages are now equivalent to one pilgrimage to Jerusalem
The wonderfully ornate iron gate entrance to the Bishop's Palace found next door to the Cathedral
The ruins of the once ornate Bishops Palace started way back in the early 1200's
And finally an early evening at Porthain below to admire the little harbour, the art galleries and, of course, the famous Sloop Inn
Guardian of the entrance to one of the art galleries at Porthgain