South Wales: Saint Davids

Saint Davids - The cat, you and us

How was your weekend? We have been abducted by Sitges Film Festival (9 films in 2 days) and thus I'm terribly behind everything else in my life. Oh good, I'll try to catch up as soon as I can because above all I miss my daily readings but also having a tidy home and a meal other than a sandwich (poor complains of a film festival addict). However no more film talking because today we will fly again to Welsh lands to keep sharing our travelling adventures.

On the 3rd day at South Wales we went to visit Saint Davids, a little town near the coast which is famous for its cathedral. A part from the obvious visit to the cathedral itself our plans were slightly different for this village. Since I discovered (thanks Pilar!) that one of the fun activities to do at the Pembrokeshire coast was renting a boat to one of the nearby virgin islands, I knew I had to find one rent shop next to one of the already planned stops.

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Saint Davids was perfect to rent a boat, there were several companies, and one offered a good plan: a boat trip to Ramsey Island which included going through rock gorges and into deep sea caves, while (add here my excited voice) sightseeing porpoises (similar to dolphins), seals and birds.

The process of booking was not very clear because although I talked with them through email it seemed that the only way to actually confirm it was calling to an English phone that was unreachable from Spain (all my attempts were in vain). Therefore we weren't sure that we had indeed reserved our spaces in a boat but I was confident that there must be a free boat for that day. Luckily we ended reaching them from our hotel telephone and could confirm that we had our seats reserved, the only drawback was that the weather report was still uncertain; the only choice left was waiting until that same morning to check if the boats were sailing that day.

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I think that by now you have already guessed that we ended up not going with the boat that day, right? An easy spolier. The answer that morning was a maybe, and we finally spent all day at Saint Davids visiting two more times the rent shop to check the weather report. On the last one they confirmed that the boat was actually sailing because another one was right now at the sea, and we went to the departure point to wait for our vessel (see picture below). When the boat with the former group (the first and what was going to be the last one of the day) arrived a kid started to mimic someone vomiting and immediately we knew that the journey had been rocky and that the captain would not risk another one.

Although the Ramsey journey looked amazing, safety is first so we completely agree with the final decision of the guys at Ramsey Island voyage. The bright side of all this "maybe later" issue was that we were able to spend all our downtimes at a local pub called The Bishops, that was like our second home by the end of the day.

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Have you ever re-planned in the middle of your trip? How do you handle when things do not go as planned? I would love to read your stories!

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  1. Rachel Emma ADDS...

    These photos are gorgeous! I’ve actually been to Wales when I was about 8-years-old, but I barely remember any of it! Looks like I’ll have to go back soon ;)

    6th October 2014
    • We reply...

      Thanks Rachel! I really loved Wales more than I anticipated! :) It is perfect to disconnect from everything, so calm and green.

  2. There’s nothing I love more than stripes and scarves! Such a sweet look!! <3 And wow, so much beauty, love exploring new places and this looks like a dream! As for re-planning in the middle of a trip?… It's definitley something I've had to do here & there and it never bothers me. I'm pretty laid back, and when traveling I'm happy to just go with the flow + I love spontaneous adventures! xo

    6th October 2014
    • We reply...

      Thanks Veronika!! Stripes are always my favorite uniform piece ;) I like to plan trips to explore beforehand all the possibilities of the place but definitely we then like to switch things while there to go with the flow as well.

  3. Pilar ADDS...

    OMG! It sounds like a complicated day! I´m sorry you couldn´t be able to do the sailing tour, but I must recognise I got a slightly sick and it was a brilliant sunny day, so I cannot imagine how horrible must be sailing in a bad day… At least you could enjoy St David! I didn´t have time enough to visit it! I love your bag btw!! x

    6th October 2014
    • We reply...

      Oops we were definitely happy to not be on the former boat of that day when we saw the boy’s vomit mimic and I’m more now after hearing that you got sick even on a bright day :) Thanks for all the recommendations, they were brilliant!

  4. petra ADDS...

    I rarely plan anymore when I go on trips but go with the flow. and I much prefer this kind of travelling over my early crazy travelling schedules. lovely pics :)

    7th October 2014
    • We reply...

      Hahaha :) I also see a younger version of me travelling with lots of crazy plans schedules, now we like to plan beforehand to have on the map different possibilities but then we change as we feel it.

  5. Fiona ADDS...

    awww I’m sorry the boat didn’t happen. In happier news I love your storytelling way and how you weave your words with photos, makes for awesome bloggery! (I think I just invented a word). Saint Davids looks like a really charming town and I hope you guys share your awesome film finds with us :)

    7th October 2014
    • We reply...

      Thanks Fee so so sweet of you to say! :) I’m borrowing your bloggery word, if I may! We’ll try to narrow our film finds to our favorites from this edition and share when the festival is over (this next weekend), glad to hear that you will be interested!

  6. Elisse ADDS...

    I had no idea that South Wales has such beautiful places. These pictures are, as usual, stunning. And oh too bad your boat trip didn’t happen, but maybe it was for the best if there was a little kid mimicking someone vomiting. That does remind me of a little personal story about my trip to Curaçao, but I won’t go into any gory details here, hah!

    8th October 2014
    • We reply...

      Hahaha, I also had one of those experiences in a funfair attraction :S no details needed neither ;p Glad that you’re liking our Wales pictures! It also exceeded by far our expectations :)

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