After the wedding and the briefest tours of London, I rented a car and drove out to Wales with a couple of friends. Along the way, we stopped at the Goodrich Castle, named for its builder Godric Mappeson. Set above the River Wye, just outside of the town of Goodrich, this 11th century castle was destroyed during the Civil War in the 1700’s in a single night. Somewhere between the castle, its builder, and the surrounding village are the origins of my surname.
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We ended our long drive in Narberth, a small town near the seaside in Wales. Despite its tiny size, it has some great shops and restaurants. We also did a day trip to Tenby, a popular vacation spot right on the coast with ice cream trucks on the beach, beautiful cliffs, and must old hotel lobbies serving high tea.

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And last but not least: sheep.