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July 11th 2017
Published: July 12th 2017
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Andy had a meeting this morning, so I left him to catch a train to Cardiff Bay while I went for a short walk to Cardiff Castle to get the hop-on-hop off bus. I have visited most of the stops for the bus last time in Cardiff so was mainly interested in more of the history. The Marquess of Bute, who was very influential in Cardiff history, remodelled the castle in the early 1900's. Bute's influence is the reason that the buildings around the centre are only 2 stories high as he decreed nothing would be higher than the castle.

The museum is the newest building in the area and officially opened in 1927. It is excellent Museum for a visit. If you look at the statues on the top right you can see one of the figures is on the phone.

I stayed on the bus for the whole tour and hoped off back at the Castle and went to check out some of the shops. There are some quaint little Markets off the Main Street selling both food mainly meat and others with an odd assortment of items and souvenirs. It was getting close to lunch so I caught the bus around again to Mermaid Quay. Here I met up with Andy and Paul and we went to the Norwegian Church for lunch. This church was consecrated in1869 and under the Seaman's Mission provided comfort and support for Norwegian seafarers. The church was closed and deconsecrated in 1974 following a decline in usage. The building was dismantled in 1987 and preserved and stored pending reassembly when the docks were redeveloped. Roald Dahl was at the forefront of the push to save the church and became President Of the Norwegian Church Preservation Trust after it was set up in 1987.

It was starting to rain quite heavily so I decided I would go back and see the Dr Who Experience and Andy would go and check out the hop-on-hop off bus. They have expanded the costumes from the various Drs and characters and now have a large section of costumes and the like from the current Dr. Always worth a visit if you like Dr Who.

By now it was raining really heavily and I was glad we remembered our umbrellas. Caught the train back to Paul and Jules place with a wet walk in the rain with Callum. A bit of a dry off and then out to dinner at the Plough Hotel. Normally walking distance but the rain meant two runs in the car to get us there. A pleasant night had by all

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