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  • Day7

    Cardiff 1st

    March 9, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Still totally in love with the hostel I ended up having the 18 bed dorm on my own 🥳
    Started my day with a walk to Cardiff Bay which didn’t turn out to be as beach-ish as I expected but it was worth a visit.
    Suddenly I was in a mood for shopping and so I explored the city center with its shops and accidentally found a castle in the middle of it which turned out to be the most touristic attraction of Cardiff. So yeah there’s just not much more to see here that’s why I decided to stay in the rest of the evening especially as it started to rain heavily.
    For tomorrow I decided to have a day to calm down and enjoy the loneliness in my room, watch some movies, do some stuff and maybe have a little walk. I kind of have the feeling that I’m in need of that because of the mass I’ve been walking so far.
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  • Day176

    Caerdydd yng Nghymru

    February 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    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 :-)
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  • Day70

    Recreation of a Village

    July 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    A lot of work went into putting these displays together! In the General store, most of the items are copied from the ones they were able to find.

    On the right side of the store is a cast iron Victorian urinal. There were no public toilets until the Public Health Act of 1848, and virtually none for women. The British term "Spending a penny" came from the cost of using the public toilet.Read more

    Bruce Erichsen

    No Dean behind the screen 😂.

    7/15/18Reply
     
  • Day70

    1610 Farmhouse at St Fagans

    July 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Much of Wales has its own language, but this farm was from the Southeastern peninsula, which has always spoken English. The house is red to protect against evil spirits. The barn is attached, but on many farms, the barn and the house are one building, with a common door in the middle.

    This house has more than one upstairs bedroom, meaning that the farmer was well off. Look at the woven straw mats lining the ceiling--that was unusual. They are tied to the timbers and to the thatched roof, to keep the roof in place in case of storms.
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    Jacquie Zimprich

    Don't think I would have liked that...I definitely don't like barn smells! Yuk! Bill asked if he would have to take off his shoes before coming in....dumb question!

    7/14/18Reply
    DeanandLindasTravels

    I don't think they took off their shoes--there are boot scrapers by the doors. Hopefully they remembered to use them!

    7/15/18Reply
     
  • Day11

    Caerdydd.

    August 8, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Don't worry, I won't try to write anything but the name of Wales' capital in Welsh. Instead, I offer some impressions of the Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Bay area, the Cardiff Market, and the National Museum as well as the Millennium / Principality Stadium. (It does look like a ship, doesn't it?) Also, huge thanks to the two cyclists Geoff and Jeff with whom I had a lovely chat on the jetty. I also met Stewart and John, twice, who introduced me to all possible conspiracy theories (and somehow still allowed me to take their picture, which I will not put in this gallery of course).Read more

    Bis jetzt sehr informativ .Also weiter Gruß Einöd

    8/10/19Reply

    Landschaft wunderschönen.Wetter noch.schöner Gruß Einöd

    8/10/19Reply
    Christine Winter

    Begeisterter Mitreisender.Tausend Grüße aus Erfurt

    8/11/19Reply
     
  • Day70

    Iron Workers' Terrace Houses

    July 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The six houses and their contents and gardens are displayed at different periods of their history, from 1805 to 1985. Each home contains a living room and small kitchen. A steep circular staircase next to the fireplace takes you up to the bedroom. A small pantry with a second bedroom above are located at the back.Read more

    Bruce Erichsen

    Looks very cozy

    7/15/18Reply
    DeanandLindasTravels

    In other words, small!

    7/16/18Reply
     
  • Day25

    Carmarthen to Cardiff

    May 22, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On our way to Cardiff this morning after another great breakfast, some serious dieting to be done when we get home lol. We arranged to meet Sis and Pete in the city near the castle, it was fantastic to be able to catch up with them here , and to top it off it was my birthday. We decided to do the hop on - hop off bus first and see a bit of the city , which was really interesting, we then got off at the Cardiff Castle which was amazing. The keep part is a ruin but facinating, the manor house section is incredible. The works of art on the walls and just the sheer opulance of some of the rooms was incredible. We then went and grabbed a pizza for lunch, and checked into our home for the night which was an incredible B&B in the city with Sis and Pete.We popped next door for dinner at the The Cricketers and had a really really good dinner, back to our room for a long hot bath lol.Read more

    Yummy

    5/23/19Reply

    great pic. Mark

    5/24/19Reply

    cosy. mark

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  • Day105

    Day 105: West to Wales

    May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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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    Joel Baldwin

    Tintern Abbey

    6/1/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Tintern Abbey

    6/1/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Abbey exterior

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  • Day70

    More Welsh Heritage Buildings

    July 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    In 1916 the Workmen's Institute was built for the coal mining community, for their social, educational and cultural activities.

    The Toll house was a one room building, with a business end, and a living quarters. It was very unpopular among rural people. In the 1843 Rebecca Riots, many toll gates were destroyed by men wearing dresses and blackening their faces to disguise themselves.

    Late 1700s Tannery, where leather was made--the process took 18 months and was very smelly!

    1600s cockpit: after cockfighting was outlawed in 1849, it became a pig weighing center, and more recently, a garage.
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  • Day53

    The not so fun parts of travelling

    October 15, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Cardiff, CRF, Dinas a Sir Caerdydd