29 May Update - Cardiff


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May 29th 2011
Published: May 29th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

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We've de-minimalised it with our mess.
29 May Update

Today we walked for 6 hours (in light drizzle) exploring the inner areas of Cardiff including Cardiff Castle. http://www.cardiffcastle.com/content.asp
The furnishings and interior design within the latter built parts of the castle are both interesting and eccentric. The interior designer had travelled to Australia with Charlie Darwin apparently hence there are some carvings on some of the bookshelves showing our Platypus.

The shopping precincts within Cardiff are impressive and there is an interesting mix of both old and modern architecture with old arcades snaking their way between pedestrian malls. It all works very well. The town managers have done well to exclude a large chunk of the inner city to vehicles. Later on in the day we wandered down to the bay area where there was sooo much more to see and do, but our energy levels were waning, so we jumped on a bus and headed back for a siesta.

We’re heading off to the town of Bath in the morning and we’ll have only one night there so will try to grab an early morning train to maximise our time. Accommodation still very difficult to get at short notice! Glad we bought the
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An interesting shop front for a clothes shop!
lap-top to trawl the relevant booking sites. Note for future – book well ahead!!! Ad-hoc can be stimulating, but tedious when the only responses are “sorry we’re fully booked”.

B,M & K.



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Out the front - in the rain...
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The original keep -dating from Roman times (foundations are 2000 years old)
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The central "keep" in the background.
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The later (1700s) living areas.
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Turn off your mobile phones.

They get a little cross if you leave your phone on when they're talking....
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Intricate inlay on the floor.
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Unbelievable 3 dimensional detailed ceilings.
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Definitely not minimalistic!!
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Drawing Room
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Interior design quirks
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Australian influence...note the carved platypus. Designer had travelled to Oz with Darwin.
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The original "Keep"
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Inside the "Keep". This fortified walled area housed many timber buildings etc in its day.
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Military museum within the castle. Kate decided to try her hand...
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Through the morning drizzle.
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These guys weren't too talkative...
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Bus entertainment...

The public buses have TVs in case you get sick of looking at all the history outside!!


31st May 2011

Cardiff clothing shop
Sewing Machines !!!!!!!!!!!! I know where Christine will be visiting next UK trip

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