We started early every morning piling into the hired van. Professor Tom was the driver/narrator. His niece and friend attempted navigation but Tom usually found his way just fine. He's been around the castle block a few times. Professor Ron had his family with him so he drove in a separate car.
First stop: Chepstow Castle on the cliffs above a wide turn in the Wye before it heads to the Sea.
|Orientation by Prof. Tom|
|Chepstow Castle: No kiddin' built on the cliffs!|
|Chepstow Castle above the Wye.|
|My wife and Prof. Tom getting the rundown on a crossbow from one of the locals.|
|Supposedly the oldest wooden Castle door in Britain, but they have fully tested the door at Hay Castle yet.|
|Vaulted stone ceiling at Chepstow Castle|
|Chepstow Castle: It was always interesting to watch the youth groups on tour as we had a few teachers in our contigent.|
This also shows how the River Wye has a big curve at Chepstow.
|My wife contemplates Tintern before our picnic with this view.|
|The beauty of Tintern is its grass floor, sky ceiling, and green hills surrounding. The fusion of stone and natural spirituality.|
|Raglan with moat.|
|The Yellow Tower of Gwent at Raglan|
That dang Cromwell had his army undermine half of it.
|The Blorenge from Raglan. See, it's all in the neighborhood!|
|Raglan from the back.|
|Usk Castle. More of an ivy-covered romantic ruin.|
|My wife on the wall at Usk Castle.|
|We close with a happy wife at Usk Castle.|