Joan & Jim, Chicago

Joan & Jim on Biblins Bridge near Symond's Yat
Wednesday (Classic Wye):  Although Goodrich Castle was a “must see” for us, we think most tourists would enjoy visiting the castle as we did.  The view from Symond’s Yat was a highlight and we enjoyed doing the hike— it felt good to stretch the legs and the ferry/lunch spot was a great place to have a midday rest.  For  us former English majors, visiting the bread and cheese rock and having a dramatic reading of a bit of Wordsworth’s poem was very special.  We think any lovers of literature or poetry would be especially pleased with this spot.  And finally, Tintern Abbey is a memorable way to end the tour.    
Friday (Mid Wales):   Eardisland was a good stop early on — so beautiful--- and we found the black and white dwellings very interesting.  Driving through the Elan Valley and thereabouts gave us a good feel for such a wild and interesting terrain.  The lunch stop was super and we hope that the restaurant stays open so you can continue to have it as a stop on the tour.  Since we like churches, stopping at the extraordinary St. Gwrthwl’s Chuch was a highlight.   We also loved the stop at the Shakespeare theater ——— it would be very interesting to anyone with a love of the bard.
For both days, your knowledge of the areas and commentary were excellent in helping us get a feel for the places.  And Joan is very sorry for doubting your ID of the robin—— later ID’s confirmed yours (they’re just so different from American robins!).
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