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Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff December 31st 2015

Woolly says – I must have dosed off, wiping the sleep from my eyes I surveyed my surroundings…… rain and wind so I must still be in Wales but this defiantly wasn’t Aberystwyth as there were far too many people around. As daughter Zoe dragged the case and Jo avoided the puddles I gazed around to see if there were any further clues to my location. Suppressing our giggles we decided to see how long it would be before he worked things out. Having located our hostel accommodation on the banks of the River Taff I noticed the furry one looking intently at the large stadium opposite us. Woolly says – I’m sure they think I’m stupid sometimes but having spotted a sign saying Arms Park I failed to see why the two of them were ... read more
Meeting K9
More of them
Let me in!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 12th 2015

Today was our last full day in Cardiff as tomorrow morning we are catching a train to London. As the cricket finished yesterday we had a rest day and took it easy before heading out in the afternoon. We had some lunch and then looked around some of the shopping malls which Cardiff has a lot of. We found a Thorntons shop and had some ice cream. The weather today was very cloudy with light rain. The people in Cardiff have been very friendly and I have enjoyed the stay here. For our last dinner in Cardiff we went to Jamie's Italian.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 11th 2015

Today turned out to be the last day of the test match. It was a pleasant day with lots of cloud and about 19 degrees. After breakfast we set of full of hope that Australia could chase down the huge target. We got our seats and found that we were sitting next to the two men that we have sat next to for day two and three. We have had different seats in the same stand every day. Their names are Roger and Dave. The day started slowly and was going steady until Chris Rogers got out. In came Steve Smith to bat with Dave Warner and it looked like we would get to lunch only one wicket down but in the last over Warner got out for 52. We went to the same pub for ... read more
Johnson batting

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 10th 2015

Today was similar in temperature to yesterday but there was more cloud and in the last session of the day's play they turned the lights on. At breakfast we saw the radio commentators Jim Maxwell and Jonathon Agnew. We have also seen Alec Stewart at breakfast. We headed to the ground hoping that Australia would be able to put on plenty of runs but unfortunately we were dismissed in the first session still 122 runs behind. We took one wicket before lunch. For lunch we left the ground and went with two retired army officers that we have sat next to for the last two days to a nearby pub for a quiet lunch. It was good to get away from the crowd of the ground for lunch. We were still there when play started and ... read more
last session

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 9th 2015

Today for the second day of the test it was sunny and around 20 degrees. We sat in the same row as yesterday but a few seats along the row. I tried to get Mitchell Johnson's autograph but he wouldn't come over to me. I was the only one trying to autographs. We found some other Port supporters in the crowd and dad was getting Uncle David to text through the scores at the end of the quarters. We were able to listen to the last few minutes over the internet to hear Port win. I was hoping that Australia would bowl England out quickly but they hung around and ended up at 430 and then we had a bat before lunch. We were going OK but the loss of Voges in the last couple of ... read more
Mitchell please
Clarke and Voges
Watto about to hit a 4 to bring up the 250

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 8th 2015

Today was the start of the Ashes Test series. After breakfast we walked to Sophia Gardens - SWALEC Stadium with hundreds of other supporters. In the ground we bought some radio earphones so that we could listen to the commentary. The weather was cold, windy and it rained so the start of the game was delayed. They had people singing songs from Australia, England and Wales and soldiers of the Welsh Guards held giant flags on the oval. We sat in a stand which was near third man/fine leg or long off/on . The ground is small compared to Adelaide Oval. England won the toss and batted first and Australia took three early wickets before Joe Root made 134. England are 7/343 at the end of the first day. There was a lot of banter between ... read more
national anthems
the ground

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 7th 2015

Again today it was 18 in Cardiff with rain and strong winds. After breakfast we went to Techniquest which is an interactive science centre. There were lots of things to do with instructions to tell you what to do and then information on why it had happened. The experiments used magnets, mirrors, electric currents etc. My favourite was where I put my head up into a tray and in the mirrors it looked like only my head was on there as my body couldn't be seen. There were a lot of little primary school children there and they were very loud. After that we went back to the centre of town and dad and I got hair cuts before lunch. After lunch we went to a tour of the castle and a guided tour of the ... read more
roman wall
the keep

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff July 6th 2015

This entry covers two days as we had issues with the internet on Sunday. We left Lille on Sunday and caught the Eurostar train to London King's Cross station. Then we caught an underground train to Paddington Station and then caught a train to Cardiff. After checking into our hotel in Cardiff we had a look around the city before having some dinner. We went from warm high 20's in Lille to about 18 degrees in Cardiff. In Cardiff all of the street signs are both in English and Welsh. Monday after having some breakfast our first stop was to buy some new luggage as our suitcases have started to fall apart and the handles broke in the travel between Lille and Cardiff. Then we got on a hop on hop off tourist bus at Cardiff ... read more
norwegian church
millenium centre
millennium stadium

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff September 24th 2014

Cyfarchion (greetings) from Wales We have spent two days in Wales and had a thoroughly great time. On Monday we visited our dear friends Roy and Gwyneth who we met on our Mediterranean cruise last year. They live in Caerleon which is in the outskirts of the city of Newport where the NATO meeting was held a couple of weeks ago. There were no helicopter gunships or tanks left over from the meeting thankfully! Caerleon is a pretty village that is notable for being the site of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta. The Wales National Roman Legion Museum and url= read more
Not sure if this has anything to do with the British Prime Minister
Beer o' clock
Scary dragon!

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Cardiff August 20th 2014

Geo: 51.4813, -3.1805Cardiff to London. So we heat that there are severe delays at reading due to something about a freight train. Fortunately we can get on the earlier train as ours has been cancelled. It's chaos and there are people and luggage everywhere. Further delays at Newport so it's going to be a long period standing outside the toilet.2 hours 45 mins later and we arrive at paddington where now have to tube it to Liverpool st to get onward journey to Norwich.Arrived slightly earlier at paddington so now have plenty of time. Phew!Made it at last after 6 hours... read more
Millennium stadium
Packed train

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