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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff September 3rd 2019

And we’re off. Luckily for us, our British Airways double decker A-380 plane lifts off towards London eight days before the pilots go on strike. Once in England, we will need to adjust to the eight hour time difference. Sleep time. Next day involves activating our eurail pass and beginning the journey to CARDIFF, WALES. Amazing how a two hour trip brings you to a different country. The roadsides are dotted with purple flowers that look like miniature lilac plants. Local folk are so very friendly and instantly offer assistance the minute they see you looking confused and lost. Strolling along Queen Street in downtown Cardiff is a search for items made in Wales. A shop sells carved love spoons, slate coasters, and of course Welsh cakes. Cardiff castle was once owned by the Bute family ... read more
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Tim Hortons - Queen Street Cardiff
Cardiff Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 10th 2019

Today had never been in the planning. It was going to be castle day. There were three locally that we had pencilled in. This afternoon we planned to visit the Red Kite Feeding Station. Gabby the motorhome had other ideas. Driving her with her heavy clutch had given Glenn a very sore knee which was making walking a bit difficult. Instead we ended up at St Fagans. Now that meant a lot of walking. An outdoor museum full of reconstructed buildings that had been saved and rebuilt in the grounds. Houses and buildings from all over Wales. A sort of Blists Hill meets Eguisheim folk museum. Gabby was parked up on a fairly empty car park. £5 for a car to park up all day. Free entry to the museum. Opposite us was a rough patch ... read more
Llandrindod Wells urinal
The Denbigh Cock pit
Gwalia Stores

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff October 6th 2018

Saturday October 6 - We started the day relaxed, with about four hours before we needed to leave for the airport. It allowed us some time to finish packing, make space on the laptop for new photos, and pet the cats. We left at noon, and it was hard to say goodbye to the cats, as usual. I feel bad leaving them for two weeks without being able to explain, but not enough to stay home. The bus to the airport was quite packed, and the least comfortable ride I’ve taken there yet. Check-in was a breeze though, as it always is with KLM or Air France in Basel. No line to speak of, it’s quite nice. Jeroen still hates flying, but he did pretty well. We flew to Amsterdam and then had another flight to ... read more
Drive to Cardiff
Morning
Marathon

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff September 27th 2018

AIS at 7:54! Beautiful morning, albeit a cool one at 44 degrees but forecast to be in the low 70’s. We were out of Devon and heading towards Cardiff about 40 minutes into our drive this morning. We were in and out of fog drIrving across the moors, which was sort of “Hound of the Baskervilles” feeling! Lovely country with rolling hills, fields of sheep, and neat hedgerows. We had a great stop in Bath (thought about you Angela!”)! Our first stop was the Roman Baths which were fascinating. This was a nice long stop so we had plenty of time to look at the Baths and then walk around. We had Sally Lund Cream Tea at Sally Lund Tea Room. Delicious. Below is a note about Bath from Wikipedia: ”Bath is a town set in ... read more
Bath Abbey
Upper level at Roman Baths
Roman Baths Sign

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff November 1st 2017

The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, and Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales. These words (both of which are pronounced ) are descended from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning "fellow-countrymen". from wiki. two quick stops... need a car to explore the countryside filled with hills, green fields, sheep, cows, and stone houses .. not to mention castles. Holyhead … This was landing spot in Wales after the Dublin escape. The B&B was within walking distance from the harbour. The path was roundabout and longer than the shortcut found during the next outing. Because of the early arrival there was enough time to find the laundry and wash all of the two sets of clothes that were in dire need after the seven days in Ireland with only hand washing in bathroom sink. The ... read more
Old Original Pub
Welsh Countryside
Amazing Collection of Tiles

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff August 22nd 2017

Delightful brekkie in Abergavenny. Often convincing our host that a cooked breakfast is a bit much for us is difficult but this one caught on quickly and substituted fresh fruit salad and yoghurt much to our pleasure. I'll try to get a photo of the breakfast table as it was quite attractive and quite well done. We asked for an instant replay tomorrow so that should be possible. Then it's drive time. Off to the Welsh Museum of Natural History (wake up, it is in fact pretty good). The museum spans several acres around and near a splendid castle and has exhibits that have been bought in and reconstructed from all over Wales and from various periods in history. Houses, barns, mills, a school, shops and the like span a period of more than 500 years ... read more
Happy tourists.
Does it get any better than 'Lamb & Mint' potato chips?
Yes it does! Crispy Bacon made from potatoes born and raised in Wales

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 11th 2017

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 ... read more
Dr Who Experience
Norwegian church
Some of the many Dr Who costumes

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 10th 2017

Today caught the train to Cardiff Bay. We walked to Mermaid Quay which is part of Cardiff Bay for a coffee. It was graduation day at the local university so we watched the graduates and their parents. The women not used to heels and dads in suits that only come out for weddings and funerals. We then went for a little bit of a walk to check out the Quay, stopped at The Mount Stuart pub where we met up with Paul and Jules for lunch.After lunch went for a walk around Cardiff Bay. Some things I learnt today: 1. The site where the Dr Who Experience is has been sold and they want to pull it down to build flats. Whovarians everywhere need to protest about this. 2. There is a Wales Coast Path 1400km ... read more
Cardiff Bay Barracks
Plenary Wharf
Penarth beach

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 9th 2017

Early start to get the bus to the port of Ouistreham to catch the ferry to Portsmout. A calm sea and uneventful ferry ride. I took the chance to catch up with some sleep. At Portsmouth we have to be cleared again through Customs, then a race to the bus stop to get the bus to the train station for the train to Cardiff. The bus is running late and we are beginning to think we may miss the train. Off the bus and a run to the train station sees us make it with 2 minutes to spare. The train is busy with people on and off at each station and at Templebar the train changes direction and we are no longer going forward but are in backward facing seats. From the train we had ... read more
White horse Westbury

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff March 6th 2017

We were yet again reminded why we really were missing Suzy as we spent a night in a travel lodge. It was difficult to book, the room was cold until we found the heater switches, we were stuck in single beds. Not the fantastic Hypnos beds they advertise but older ones not so comfy. The carpets were functional but faded, the desk old fashioned and the shower cubicle utilitarian. There was even a door way boarded up between our room and the next . Obviously the room had been a joint family one in some dim and distant time and now had wallpaper covering it and the locks punched out. Our evening meal was at the Toby Carvery next door. Busy and functional was about all we could say. Not the best carvery meal we have ... read more
Castell Coch
Inside the first room
A gothic mantlepiece




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