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  • Day176

    Caerdydd yng Nghymru

    February 2 in the United Kingdom

    Der Titel meiner Fotoreihe sieht zwar aus wie ein dicker fetter Schreibfehler - heißt aber übersetzt aus dem walisischen: "Cardiff in Wales". Die Haupstadt von Wales läd ein zum bummeln und die zu Zeit genießen bei einem mittelalterlichen/modernen Flair.

    #thank you guys for the surprise :-)

  • Day11

    Early start and another birthday!

    July 25, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    About an hour ago we all began to get up and prepare for the first part of our long journey to Japan. First up; a bus journey from Cardiff to Heathrow airport.
    Everyone is in their uniforms and we look very smart as a unit (even if we do say so ourselves!)
    Croissants for breakfast followed by packing away our over night bags and another chorus of Happy Birthday. This time it's Georgia's birthday and we had a surprise visit from her mum with cake for everyone. Happy birthday Georgia!
    Now a quick uniform check and then onto the bus for the first section of our journey.
    Japan, we're coming!
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  • Day10

    Bayden Scout Hall

    July 24, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    We're all together at our meeting point and after some final checks and preparations and lots of pizza we're now practicing our party pieces for Japan with the help of Seb's parents. We can't give away our secret ideas just yet but all will be revealed in a few days time when we perform in Japan!
    Today we've also had our first of many Jamboree birthdays. Gwyn had a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday sung to him by the unit whilst he unwrapped a special gift from everyone. Happy birthday Gwyn!
    The adventure really has begun now and with an early start in the morning, we wish you all good night!
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  • Day10

    Brecon Beacons Nationalpark

    August 7 in the United Kingdom

    Caerphilly Castle ist eine Wasserburg in der Stadt Caerphilly mit schiefem Turm und Unmengen von Enten, Gänsen und Schwänen rund um das Schloß.

    Mit der Brecon Beacon Schmalspurbahn geht es den Berg hoch und wieder runter und jede zugfahrt ist ausgebucht.

    Der Wasserfall ist mit 27 Metern zwar einer der höchsten in England, aber die Wassermassen flossen sehr spärlich....

  • Day105

    Day 105: West to Wales

    May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Minibreak over, time to get moving again! Loaded up the car and hit the road around 10am as seems to be our usual departure time. We drove westward through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and then onto a short freeway to drive across an enormous suspension bridge over a large harbour. We had crossed into Wales.

    All the road signs are written in Welsh first and English second which takes a little getting used, particularly with their odd combinations of letters like Dd, Ff, Cwm, and so on. Weird.

    First destination was Tintern Abbey, an 11th century abbey that had been abandoned during the religious reformation under Henry VIII and left to ruin. It's a very large complex and most of the church is still standing, though the roof and some of the walls are long gone along with most of the floor. Was great to walk around and explore for an hour or so, though a group of screaming kids put a slight dampener on things. I don't mind kids being noisy and playing, but this lot were just running around shrieking for basically the entire hour - painful.

    Had lunch in the tea room opposite, just coffee and sandwiches as we weren't particularly hungry. Back in the car where we drove around the outskirts of Cardiff (or Caerdydd as it's known in Welsh) to St Fagan's National History Museum. This is a large open-air museum where they've collected examples of historic Welsh life from the countryside. Farmhouses, blacksmiths, post offices, stores, all that sort of thing. The buildings aren't local, but aren't replicas either - they had been donated and painstakingly moved to the museum over the last 50 years. Very interesting!

    By late afternoon we hopped back in the car and drove to our apartment in the centre of Cardiff. Our Airbnb was just a single room in a larger 4-bedroom terrace house. We dumped our stuff, had a brief relax and then headed out for an early dinner. It was long-ish walk into the main part of town, about 45 minutes in the end, past some fairly grim public housing buildings, but we made it in the end.

    Fairly heavy police and security presence as the Champions League football final is being played at the main stadium on Saturday night - still several days away but the teams are now in town and no chances are being taken. We walked through the main shopping strip, had a look at the castle from the outside, had a look at the stadium from outside, then headed for a pub.

    I'd heard about a particular craft beer pub that I wanted to check out, but they didn't allow dogs after 7pm and it was 6:50pm by now, so we headed to a different bar across the road that was dog friendly. Another huge selection of beers so I was happy, though our food wasn't anything special. Walked back home again a bit quicker this time, though when I stopped for a photo outside the stadium I turned around to see a heavily armed police officer complete with assault rifle grinning and patting Schnitzel!

    Back home where we headed to bed fairly soon afterwards. Only a single night in Cardiff, as the football final has pushed prices into the stratosphere. Seems like a nice town, though perhaps a bit limited in scope. Lots of students around though, as I think it's got a big university there.
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  • Day53

    The not so fun parts of travelling

    October 15, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Well today didn't turn out quite like I'd planned.
    Washing was first up on the agenda, I have been wearing short sleeves (with a cardy and jacket) as everything has been worn one day too many as it is.

    I found the laundromat okay, the benefit of having a car I thought. Unfortunately it was full of other people doing their washing. There was another one not to far away so I went there. Much better.
    I was able to use the machines but it still took the best part of an hour and a half to two hours but it was done!

    Next was to post my books to myself. I don't really have the room to bring them back with me so just post them.
    Yeh well...
    I had discovered when I got back to the car after doing the washing that I had parked in a street that only allowed residents permit parking.
    What I didn't realise is that the main streets allow anyone to park but ALL the side streets are residents parking only and there was no parking on the main streets. I spent a very long time driving around looking for a post office with parking within a reasonable walking distance. I finally found a postal agency but they only accepted parcels of 2kg or under.

    I admit that I cried (in the car, not the shop), I also ate the piece of French chocolate I have been carting around since, well France and had been saving for an emergency.

    I went to the post office recommended by the guy at the agency and eventually found somewhere to park. I asked for the cheapest way to post the books and was quoted £99!
    I asked if splitting them into smaller parcels would be cheaper and she looked to her colleague Becky who gave me a pamphlet to look through. I discovered that by splitting them into two parcels and sending them economy international as printed papers it would be about a third of the original quote.

    Fortunately when I lined up again I got Becky and she was very helpful. The process took quite a while, I had to fit the books in the bags so they wouldn't move around, have Becky seal them, go to another window to address them, back to Becky to fill in customs and pay.
    I've just checked my receipt and with all the rigmarole I wasn't charged for the postage bags!!!!!!!!

    It was nearly 3pm by this stage and I had had enough. I hadn't had lunch which may have contributed to my mood but I couldn't be bothered to have any. I went back to my hotel and read my book (I kept one).

    At least I had a good appetite for tea. During my travels I have tried to stick to the cuisine of wherever I have been, with a few exceptions. Since being in Cardiff I've had South American, Mexican, Indian and tonight I felt like pasta. There is a Jamie's Italian close by so I thought I'd try that. Their seating policy annoys me. After being told a 20 minute wait and then 10 minutes later a 30 minute wait I decided I couldn't be bothered.

    There was another Italian place close by and I had a very nice meal with good service. Stuffed mushrooms followed by pancetta and asparagus tagliatelle.

    I saw quite a few police out tonight and it's funny - I got used to seeing them in Paris that I didn't think much of it in the end but seeing them here made me feel a bit uneasy.

    So I can't say Cardiff has been my favourite place but I don't think that is all Cardiff's fault.

    I didn't take any photos today so here are some of the inside of Roch Castle.
    Chapel windows
    Chapel
    Rampart
    The rock the castle is built on
    Stairs
    Stairs
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  • Day52

    The Whoniverse

    October 14, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    I can't make up my mind as to whether I like Cardiff or not. It's not a huge city - 350,000 and quite compact. I'm not sure whether the area I am staying in (by the main train station) is seedy or not but it is central.
    I started off with the hop on hop off tour. There is a stop conveniently close by.
    I got off partway at The Doctor Who Experience. I am a huge Doctor Who fan especially Doctors 9 and 10 so this was a no brainer.
    It starts with the "experience" in which you go through a journey with the twelfth Doctor. I won't say much here as they prefer it not to be spoilt but it was fun. I helped to save the universe.
    There is an exhibition of various costumes in which I had a good browse through. All up I was there for several hours.

    From there I walked across to Mermaid Quay for some lunch and took a look at the Ianto Jones memorial and the Millennium Centre. I met another Torchwood fan who was there with his friend who just didn't get it, he would rather be in the pub than look for the water tower.

    I caught the bus back and then went down St Mary st which I thought was meant to be the shopping precent but it was all bars, backpackers and not much else.
    I got back to the hotel just before five intending to go and do some washing but discovered the laundromat closed at 6 so watched a movie instead. I eventually went across the road for some dinner and have been catching up on my TripAdvisor reviews.

    Photos
    TARDIS
    Ood
    Weeping angel - don't blink!
    Cyberman
    Mermaid Quay
    Millennium centre
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  • Day55

    The Lakes District to Cardiff

    August 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Snapshot
    Where - Scotland to Wales via The Lakes District
    Weather - wet and dry

    We arrived back in Scotland and stayed overnight in a quirky little village called Wigtown which is known as Scotlands book town and there were bookshops everywhere (and not much else). From there we drove through the Lakes District which is a very pretty area and we would have enjoyed it except for 2 things. First, the weather was pretty lousy and misty rain spoilt the views. Secondly, we struck the August Bank Holiday long weekend and every man and his dog had left London to spend it camping, hiking etc. Combine this with the atrociously narrow roads and it really was not a pleasant experience. To top it off, there was nowhere to just pull over and take a photo and any parking places were controlled by the National Trust and there were parking fees (usually around £3). Consequently there were not many photos taken in this area.

    The following day we headed to the capital of Wales - Cardiff. We had a great time in Cardiff, partly because the weather was glorious, but mostly because our Airbnb hosts were the loveliest couple and we all got on like a house on fire. Back in Cardiff we visited the Dr Who Experience (Cardiff is where Dr Who is filmed). It was pretty good but they concentrated mainly on the more recent Doctors, not the ones I remember from my childhood like Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee. We didn't do Cardiff Castle but we did go to the Cardiff museum. We are finding that one activity a day is probably enough - two at the most. Must be getting old!

    The next couple of days are spent in the Devon / Cornwall region of South West England.
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  • Day109

    Cardiff

    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Took photo of Cardiff Park, now renamed. Did self tour of Cardiff Castle. The rooms were so ornately decorated. I have bought a book on the castle which shows this. Also went up the Keep which is on the original sight of the Norman Castle built about 1081. The present one is from around 1700s. It was raining lightly for the afternoon and we have had a break at the hotel before heading out to Welsh Folk evening. Dinner included.Read more

  • Day3

    Cardiff | Wales

    April 29, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    I arrived in Cardiff at 4AM, I tried to find some sleep in a park, where I got bullied by some drunk welshman... I escaped to the city center where I almost got involved in a group fight of even more drunk welshman....WTF? But every city deserves a second chance! So I tried to explore the city without getting killed :) It's an really beautiful town, sweet city center and many parks to walk. I met with a local who showed my the city highlights. I can really recommend to visit Cardiff, but not at 4AM!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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