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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff March 3rd 2017

This visit was going to be a visit of superlatives . It was a visit I had always wanted to do. A place I had always wanted to see. A old Sufi saying states that "within your own house dwells the treasure of joy" Now this interior was going to be a treasure of joy. I felt as if I would come out with a smile on my face. I would be grinning from ear to ear . Having paid our £10.20 I felt that we would get value for money on this visit . We entered the entrance hall of the gothic fantasy that Burges had demanded be made for himself and his family. The interior of the hallway was pretty plain and the guys on the door directed us to some stone stairs. Go ... read more
Jelly mould ceiling
Floor tiles

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff March 2nd 2017

D Day minus 49 - it is quite incredible how time flies when you are having fun. A week away has brought us ever closer to our Greek odyssey. We have enjoyed being away, sitting watching the waves rolling in to the beach and warming our toes in front of the wood burner. Oddly overnight though we started to think where else we could go to. We have missed Suzy and the fact that in a motorhome we can move when we feel like it. It has felt distinctly odd not having our belongings with us or to hand and even odder being hunkered down. We could stay another two days. We even thought about the money we had paid for our idylic cottage but in the end we got the wanderlust feeling and it was ... read more
Lord Butes tower
The clock tower
Gun rescued from the Korean War

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

It's 9 degrees and overcast when Ben dropped me at Worle Station just before 7.45am this morning. Today I'm heading to Cardiff in Wales to catch up with a friend. Only an hour and 40 minutes away by train, via Bristol, it's an easy trip with a return fare of £23 ($38). A section of this trip is through the Severn Tunnel which runs under the estuary of the River Severn. Completed in 1886, it was the longest under water tunnel in the world until 1987. On average, around 50 million litres of fresh spring water are pumped from the tunnel and released into the River Severn every day. My friend Annie and I first met in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2013 when we were both working as volunteers with English charity Globalteer. We were working ... read more
Old Church with Grave Stones
Approaching The Castle
The Beach From Above

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff September 16th 2016

Endnu en festival Min oprindelige plan, havde været at tage til Birmingham efter Snowdon, da det passede bedst geografisk. Jeg havde dog mødt en pige i York, der fortalte mig om en festival i Cardiff, der lød vildt interessant. Det var en festival der skulle fejre forfatteren Roald Dahl. Jeg havde ingen anelse om hvem han var, indtil hun sagde han havde skrevet Charlie og Chokolade frabrikken, så var jeg med på hvilket univers han for det meste har skrevet om. Det lød rigtig interessant, så jeg skulle selvfølgelig opleve det. Det ville være ærgerligt at gå glip af det, når nu jeg var i nærheden. Der var flere events i løbet af weekenden, lørdag ville der være forskellige aktiviteter og forestillinger spredt over hele bymidten. Bladet The Bulletin ville dække festivalen og fortælle deltagerne, hvad ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff September 10th 2016

Geo: 51.4813, -3.1805Breakfast in Birmingham on the steps of the cathedral then some shoe shopping. Some people collect tea towels or magnets on holiday. Without meaning to, I am collecting shoes. My sandals I bought in Croatia to replace a broken pair had to be replaced in Birmingham.The train trip was uneventful through some picturesque countryside and our hotel was again conveniently close to the railway station. Unfortunately I might have overdone the search for cheap hotels though. The best I can say is it is close to everything.Cardiff Castle was redecorated extensively in the 1880s in grand style but dates back to Roman times. It was a pleasant hour or so with good audio commentary and a few photos taken. It was interesting to see they had owls and falcons to keep the rodents under ... read more
Mouse Catcher at Cardiff Castle
Millennium Centre at Cardiff Bay
A spot of sewing at St Fagan's

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 20th 2016

Geo: 51.4813, -3.1805 Setting aside only one day to explore Cardiff, Wales was probably not the best scheduling we could have done, but there were so many places we wanted to go, and even then we ended up not going to Ireland or North Ireland this time simply because of so many days away from home. So we needed to squeeze both Wales and Scotland in. The first thing that hit us was the chilly, very windy weather! We experienced so many different weathers in one day that it felt like the old Shakespearian description of April (very badly paraphrased): if you don't like the weather, wait a minute. This also applies to Maine in April, and obviously also to Cardiff any day throughout their summer. No summer heat here, although people did tell us that ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff June 28th 2016

Well I finally got to take a ferry across the Mersey in Liverpool even if it meant listening to Gerry and the Pacemaker’s famous song “Ferry cross the Mersey” over the ferry’s loudspeaker 3 times. Very cheesy but I have to admit that I do like the song and know all the words!! Pete and I are finding it fascinating listening to the different accents as we travel the UK, from the broad sound of the Yorkshire men to the Liverpuddlians who all sound either like the Beatles or Lulu (depending on their gender of course)! We are now in Wales and last night at our pub stop we just sat and listened to the locals conversing in Welsh with the occasional English word thrown in here and there presumably because it was quicker to say. ... read more
Suzanne's pathetic attempt at Rose's Titanic pose on the River Mersey ferry!!
Beautiful Tudor house - Liverpool
Conwy castle - Wales - pronounced Conway

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff January 11th 2016

After a minor disaster with a cancelled booking, we checked into our 2 bed apartment on Cathedral Road Cardiff. We were very happy with the location as it was within walking distance to the city centre. The following day, we ventured out and walked to Cardiff Castle. The sun was shining which made the visit very pleasant and provided great photos. Conor enjoyed the War Museum and the bomb shelter which is inside the exterior Castle walls. The rooms are very ornate with beautiful stained glass windows. We then mosied along the city streets and arcades. We came across the Cardiff Markets and went in for a look. They seem a lot smaller than I remember and I think the quality of the goods on sale has dropped. We bought a bag of welsh cakes which ... read more
Peace !
Cardiff Markets
Cardiff Markets

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff January 2nd 2016

Woolly says – Having availed myself of the breakfast buffet I considered the day ahead and my decision in taking over the activities, mainly to avoid any more shopping and to ensure that we actually saw the inside of some places instead of closed doors! With the girls in tow and the rain pouring down I led my soggy group along the river bank and to my first stop. The Animal Wall was designed by William Burges in 1866, but was not built until 1890, after Burges's death. The original nine animal figures were sculptured by Thomas Nicholls, they were the hyena, wolf, apes, seal, bear, lioness, lynx, and 2 different lions, and sadly they had not thought to place a mammoth amongst these more common species. They were painted in naturalistic colours, although since then ... read more
The Grand Hall
Guess the Animal

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff January 1st 2016

Leaving the Bay area and mindful of short legs and long distances we hopped onto a city centre bus. Woolly says – The short journey was interesting as we passed between the modern and older architecture that the city has to offer, remembering Jo’s words of wisdom that you should always look up I was thrilled at how many elegant buildings were there to be seen. I was not so delighted to find that the next part of my day was to be centred round the shopping arcades that are at every turn, why do women have to shop! Not being a huge shopper myself I felt my friend’s distress but having access to larger department stores meant the ability to stock up on clothing and items that our temporary home is unable to provide. Woolly ... read more
Groovy Subway
The Welsh Assembly
Beautiful buildings

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