Soaring hundreds of feet above the gentle stretch of the ocean, we climbed and we climbed. Well, first we strolled along dust paths, muttering the odd “Morning” to fellow dog walkers and passers by. Then we trekked further through scenery unspoiled by busy roads or tall buildings until eventually we embarked on something a little greater. A mountain that stood so proudly as if it was in charged it’s job was to oversee verything; the waves crashing against the rocks in the distance, the clouds that floated overhead and the many animals grazing on the patchwork blankets below.
The salty sea breeze hadn’t traveled as high as we had. Instead, as we drew nearer to the summit, we were greeted with a much less fragrant, thinner air through which beams of sun shone. Our cheeks were warm, our faces fresh and our legs moved eagerly until we reached the very peak of Carn Llidi.
The hours that led up to our mountain climb consisted of strolling barefoot along Whitesands beach, sipping on blueberry smoothies in The Meadow cafe, tasting the much talked about Salted Carmel ice cream at Gianni’s gelato parlour, lighting a candle in St Non’s chapel, exploring Ramsey Head and, of course, visiting the awe-inspiring St David’s Cathedral.
(Blog post on The Meadow Cafe here)
It’s getting to be a bit of a theme when I visit new cities in that I always end up coming across or, better still, entering a massive church of some sort.
Though it may not quite be as infamous as The Duomo, Notre Dame or La Sagrada Familia, St David’s Cathedral is enchanting nevertheless.
The main thing that struck me about this remarkable building is it’s sunken appearance. Set in a dip in the Pembrokeshire landscape this place of worship is the area’s most famous, and quite possibly it’s lowest, landmark. The way in which the cathedral has sunk into the city’s landscape is said to be due to it’s insufficiant original foundations (-and yes I did say city. However petite and un-city-like St David’s may seem, the cathedral itself permits the area this title.
Albeit an rather un-traditional (apparently Norman) design, this place of worship still entices and enthrals thousands of visitors every year with its scale, delicate design and it’s uncanny positioning deep, below sea level.
The mere 24-hours we spent in this verdurous countryside were filled with only stimulating, rejuvenating and delicious things. St David’s is definitely one of those “get away from it all” places, which I’m sure we all crave from time to time. I hope you enjoyed reading all about my trip to West Wales – for more like this don’t forget to follow the blog and subscribe to the YouTube channel – @annavitality