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The trip started with us leaving Canterbury in a top of the range 4.4 V8 diesel Range Rover Sport, hired for the week it would be the ultimate cruiser, four up and luggage plus 33 mpg made it the most economical car i've driven for a long time. When we arrived at Slebech Park it didn't disappoint, set in stunning grounds with lakes, tree lined lanes leading to the hotel and wildlife in abundance it was the Welsh country retreat we had hoped for, plus a great setting for photos!

The fine dining restaurant, open all day and serving cuisine which emphasises local produce was up their with some of the very best places I have eaten at, won't be long before it starts to get national accolades. The trip was a break for all four of us, and even though plenty of miles were put on the clock the sumptuous ride of the Sport made it effortless.

One spot that we wanted to visit was the iconic architecture of Portmeirrion, famed by the 1960's cult TV series the Prisoner. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925-1975 in the style of an Italian Village. A wonderful place for photography, walks and a traditional cream tea. After a long drive back to our base it was time for another great meal at Slebech Park.

The next day was more of a coastal trip to a traditional harbour town, Tenby, a really beautiful spot that is steeped in history with a fort, lighthouse and working fishing port. Their was plenty of walking up and down the cliffs and the weather was on par to provide some nice snapshots of the fishing port. We then took a trip to St David's, a Cathedral town that is full of Welsh art and local delicacies. Opposite the Cathedral was the ruins of the castle which is very much a Gothic design, made even more haunting by the crows gracing the skies around it.

The trip was great fun and Slebech Park was the perfect location to stay and eat, the roads, scenery and people of Wales combine to make the is Country a great alternative to the more far away destinations. As we were away I always take the Fuji 100S, small enough not to be a hindrance and still provide stunning pin sharp photos from the 35mm F2 lens.
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