I've had a busy week and the next one doesn't look any better; right now I don't even get as much writing done as I want, thanks to the complicated mess that is business administration studies. So it will only be a photo post today. I chose a collection of another southern Welsh castle: the famous Pembroke.
Pembroke Castle in the evening sun
There will be a post with more information later, but for now let's enjoy what my Travel in Wales guidebook calls a 'big, whopping caste.' The castle and the main road more or less make the town of Pembroke. The disadvantage is that the station is at one end of the road and the castle (and my hotel) at the other. Dragging luggage made that road appear very long. Inner ward with Marshal Tower (left)
While the evening was sunny, the afternoon had looked a lot more Welsh, with dark, low clouds (but no rain). The light added an aura of drama to the view, the only thing lacking were some archers on the battlements. Just as well, though, that way I could get in by merely paying an entrance fee. Battlements on the outer curtain wall
No hot looking knight anywhere in sight these days, but fortunately, there were few tourists as well which makes for better pics. Those jeans and sweaters look a bit out of place.
The outer ward is a large yard that should make a perfect place for reenactment tournaments. Inner bailey, view towards the Northern Hall
As with Chepstow and other castles, Pembroke was altered during its history. Almost every new owner added something, a tower, a new hall, more walls ... and especially the inner yard still looks crowded with half-fallen buildings. It must have been a busy place back in the Middle Ages when the walls still stood to full height and the roofs weren't missing.Inside one of the towers
The parts still intact or reconstruced are a maze of rooms and passages. It makes me wonder if William Marshal's kids played hide and seek there. What I found interesting about those passages which can be found in most Norman castles, is that the ceilings are lower in Pembroke than fe. In Caernarfon. Edward I was called Longshanks for a reason, it seems.Another outside view of Pembroke Castle
I had already changed for dinner when the sun came out. I decided to take a few shots of the castle from outside the walls and ended up walking the entire perimeter around the lake. It is one of several lovely memories I brought home with me.