Wales is a delightful place to visit! We had a list of things to do which, naturally, was too long for the time we had. Since neither of us was interested in driving on the wrong side of the road (a trip should be pleasurable, not scary) two places on our list were scratched off. Public transportation (as wonderful as it is in Britain) could not easily take us up to Dylan Thomas’ home. And getting to and from Hay-on-Wye would have taken one day more than we had available. I had hoped to get a picture of myself surrounded by uncountable numbers of books, but it was not to be. On the other hand, looking around my study I could probably accomplish that same thing right here!
We did go to Tinturn Abbey. “Lines Written Above Tinturn Abbey” by Wordsworth might be one of those poems more famous for it’s name than the poem itself. I read it before leaving for Great Britain and although I thought I knew Wordsworth and that poem….well, it was entirely unknown by me.
We took a train and a bus from Cardiff. The lovely, small town where we caught the bus is situated in soft rolling hills. The bus driver was friendly and helpful.
Tinturn Abbey was looted and destroyed when Henry VIII left the Catholic Church. It is worthy of a visit and a classic poem (title!). We found beauty and peace among the ruins left behind in this out-of-the-way countryside place.
My imagination moved into historical eras. Thanks to Wolf Hall and Ivanhoe Tinturn Abbey was well populated as I quietly meandered through.