Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Caerphilly Castle

The sun has been shining on us all week and it would be so wrong of us not to take advantage of it.  So we decided to go and explore this part of Wales a little more.  Today on the agenda was Caerphilly Castle, known in Welsh as Castell Caerffili.  
Its the largest largest castle in Wales, and the second largest in the U.K.  The first if your wondering is Windsor Castle.
 The Leaning south-east Tower. 
Well I don't know if you like castles, but here is Caerphilly Castle from a number of different angles.
 Leaving the castle after a couple of hours.
I wonder where we will go next?!
Oh and guess what I made when I got home today, another Caerphilly Cheese, Leek and Potato Pie.  The only thing I did different was use ready-made shortcrust pastry, hey sometimes I am allowed to cheat.

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    1. Thanks gz.
      I will keep it in mind.

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  2. Hai delle foto bellissime !
    Ciao

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  3. Gorgeous photos Shaheen. I didn't get to Wales when I visited UK on my one and only (so far) OS trip quite a few years ago. So I'll be looking forward to more of your lovely snaps. (love castles by the way!) cheers Wendy

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    1. Thank you Wendy.
      I am so pleased you like the photos, I did think I was overdoing it with the images.

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  4. Thank you so much for posting all these beautiful images of the old, old castle. My great grandfather was from Wales - in fact his father sang with the Welch singers so these were viewed with particular interest, believe me.

    What a treat to find waiting for me today! Your images are just beautiful and I love that you photographed the castle from so many perspectives.

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    1. You are so welcome Pam. I am so glad you like them, there will be many more in the future. Many of these pics were taken by my husband, so I will be sure to pass on the compliment.

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  5. I always love exploring castles and forts. This one reminds me particularly of Fort Aguada in Goa. I can understand why you have clicked so many pictures of this castles. The old and the ruined have their charm

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    1. Thanks Sri.
      Goa is on my list of places to visit and now certainy for Fort Aguada. to be truthful, I tour the country I live in more than I have go overseas. Maybe this will change when I have money.

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  6. I love castles - what great photos.

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  7. I went to Caerphilly a while ago, it was great - isn't it the largest in Wales though? And the second largest in the UK?

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    1. Your so right Faint with Hunger. I did know that. I've made a bit of a boo boo in my typing, I was getting a bit tired - off to correct the post. Thanks for nudging me and making me aware of the error.

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  8. I am sure the pastry couldn't compare to yours.

    The castle photos were great from all the different angles and I did note, two Canada geese were enchanted by it as well.;-)

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  9. Thank you GardeningBren.
    Ah the shortcrust pasty was not too bad, really.

    I am so glad you liked the pics, yeah there were lots of geese, swans and ducks about ruling the roost. so I am pleased to learn these are Canada geese :0) We watched these particular two birds for a while, whilst they were flirting with each other.

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  10. Hi Shaheen,

    Love the castle especially that leaning tower. I took some American friends there to visit last year-they were not at all impressed that ‘we’ hadn’t sorted out the tower by now and got it looking more upright...the guide who was showing us around and giving us the personal touch as we were the only there due to the dire weather- was almost crying with laughter at the thought...at least I think he was laughing...

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    1. Thanks Green Dragonette, for me the tower is part of the charm in the same way the Leaning Tower of Pisa has. I even posed next to it as if I was pushing it straight :) I think Caerphilly Council have missed a trick there. I am glad the tour guide was laughing though, as I would be too.

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  11. Brings back memories of visits to Carew Castle with its tidal mill.

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  12. Ah I can see the similarities. I have yet to venture that far as far as Pembrokeshire, but be assured photos will be shared.

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  13. What an extraordinary place. I do enjoy your travel logs and your food!

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  14. I wish we had castles like this near to us

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    1. We are def. spoiled here in Wales.

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  15. Hope you'll get to Castel Coch http://www.urban75.org/photos/wales/coch.html in your wanderings, it's lovely

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    1. Its on our list Jane. We took a wrong turning a few days ago and missed it, but we will def. be going there - maybe even over the Easter hols. Funny to say hols, being unemployed - everyday has been a 'holiday' just not one enjoyed totally with pleasure.

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  16. Finally catching up with blogs as the internet has speeded up a bit.
    I had no idea Caerphilly Castle was so big and impressive, I like your first couple of pictures because it looks like a huge grey sandcastle rising from the water!

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  17. Another great visual vacation for me. Thank you for taking me along. When I worked at "the barn" we sold many European cheeses. One of them was Caerphilly...it was a huge hit with many of the professors at the University near by. Of course we had to know the cheeses and always tasted before they were put in the case. I'm sorry to say this cheese was a bit of a trial for me. My boss keep saying it was an acquired taste and I would soon learn to love it..........still waiting.=(

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