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The Bones of Dinas Bran

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The Bones of Dinas Bran, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

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This  is bits and pieces of what’s left of Castell Dinas Bran, sometimes referred to as  Crow’s Fortress or Crow Castle.  The castle was probably built  sometime in the 1260s by Gruffydd II ap Madog, making it the only Welsh Castle we visited to actually have been built by the Welsh.   The castle is now an evocative ruin perched on the hilltop above Llangollen.

We walked a mile or so up to see it after having moored within sight of it the night before.  It’s a powerful sight whether seen from above or below.

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Over the Rooftops

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Over the Rooftops, Original Painting of Caceres Spain by Jenny Armitage

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Caceres, Spain as seen from the cathedral roof.

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Setenil Fortress

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Setinel Fortress, Original Painting of Pueblos Blancos by Jenny Armitage

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Setenil de los Bodegas of Cadiz Province, Spain is one of the more interesting pueblos blancos of Andulacia.  Unlike most pueblos blancos it occupies either ridge of a valley rather than a hilltop.  Many of the houses are semi-troglodyte, occupying shallow caves in the valley walls.  One street includes a natural tunnel.

The view in this painting is from our apartment porch in Setenil looking across at the old castile.

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