Posts Tagged ‘wales’

Postcard number: 69
Bought in: Bluestone, UK
Sent to: Andreia in Portugal
Written: 11 January 2016
Sent: 12 January 2016



Text says:

11 January 2016, Geelong

Dear Andreia,

Hello from Australia and happy New Year to you.

Going through my postcard collection this evening, I found this one from the holiday resort where we stayed for Christmas in 2014. Our last British Christmas was spent in one of these cabins at Bluestone Resort in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It wasn’t a white Christmas but it was quite a bit colder than the 34 degree day we had here in Australia this year! (Or last year :))

My in-laws had flown over for the holidays. We collected them from Heathrow and drove on to Wales. Over the next few days we explored the resort, with its walks and restaurants, spa and large indoor swimming pool, as well as driving out to Pembroke Castle. If I hadn’t been travelling with a four-year-old and an eleven-month-old, I could have definitely spent more time at the castle, learning about the history of the site which stretches back almost a thousand years.

I would have liked to visit Pembrokeshire again in the summer, but we were out of time. After almost nine years overseas, we moved back to Australia last July. I’m hoping that we’ll be back in Wales for a holiday one day.



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Postcard number: 046
Bought at: Castle Coch, Tongwynlais, Wales
Sent to: April in America
Written: 7 February 2012
Sent: 8 February 2012

Front of postcard 046: Castle Coch

Back of postcard 046: Castle Coch

Text says:

7 February 2012, London UK

Dear April,

I bought this postcard at Castle Coch in Wales back in 2007. My husband and I hadn’t been in the UK long then, and we’d often go away for the weekend to some new part of the country, catching cheap buses that took hours to get there and staying in hostels to save money.

Our hostel was in Cardiff for this trip, and I think Castle Coch was in the guidebook or I’d read about it online. So we hired bikes and rode out to the village of Tongwynlais and then pushed them up the very steep hill to this castle. It’s not as old as it looks and it wasn’t built for royalty, but it still had its stories – the ones that we were told and the ones I imagined as we walked through the rooms.

All the best for your own postcard project,

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Postcard number: 009
Bought in: Castle Coch, Wales, United Kingdom
Sent to: Kim in Germany
Written: 18 February 2010
Sent: 19 February 2010

Front of postcard 009: Castle Coch, Wales

Back of postcard 009: Castle Coch, Wales

Text says:

18 February 2010, London UK

Dear Kim,

Here’s a landscape for you featuring Castle Coch, which is located near the village of Tongwynlias in Wales. Tongwynlias is a relatively short bike ride from central Cardiff, but – for me at least – pushing the bike up the hill to the castle itself felt like a much longer journey! Castle Coch, with its mots and turrets, is every inch what I think a castle should look like… but in reality no kings or princesses every lived there. It fact, it was built in the late 1800s by Lord Bute who wanted to realise his own fantasy ideals of a castle. I think we were there in the weekend because I remember families of school-age boys were being taught medieval fighting techniques with rubber swords in the courtyard. Castle Coch was as far out of Cardiff as we travelled during our short visit in 2007, but one day I’d like to visit some of the more rural and coastal areas of Wales, as I’ve heard people describe it as a lot like New Zealand (where I grew up). Strange to travel half way around the world and what to see somewhere which looks like home… perhaps… but sometimes I do.

All the best,

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