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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

First day of summer

Yesterday, we gave Carolyn and Neil, who arrived two days ago at Cardiff Airport, a tour of the town of Aberystwyth.  First, we stopped at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
At the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, exhibitions take place all the time.  Also taking place was a lot of drilling by work men.  We decided, therefore, to have coffee somewhere less noisy - the National Library of Wales!
At the National Library of Wales is the Nanteos Cup, or what's left of it.  Centuries old, it is said to be the cup that Christ drank from with his disciples during the last supper.  It seems to be the remains of a wooden bowl rather than a cup, and is housed within a glass cabinet at the Library.
Some very old texts are also housed at the Library.  This one relates to the time of King Richard III.
We parked on Victoria Terrace, kicked the bar, and walked along the Promenade.  Keen Hinterland fans, Neil and Carolyn recalled scenes from that show depicting the town's seafront.  We also showed them Fishermen's Steps, which features in one of the episodes.
We walked to Aberystwyth Castle, over 700 years old, and strolled within its boundaries.
At the top of Great Darkgate Street, the main street in town, is this small square.  Here, a busker entertains the locals in the bright sunshine.
A referendum is taking place on 23 June 2016 to decide whether Britain will remain in the European Union.  This local business supports the 'Remain' camp - so do I!
Some parts of the town are pretty.  This scene is near the new library...
...this one is near North Parade..
We popped down to Clarach, by the sea, a popular spot for holiday makers.
We also popped to Borth, a few short miles from Aberystwyth.  Borth railway station features in an episode of Hinterland.
While in Borth, we drove the short distance to Ynyslas, where there is a lot of sand.  Ynyslas is where the river Dyfi forms an estuary between Ynyslas and the town of Aberdyfi.  Neil peers across to Aberdyfi in the distance.

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