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Cardiff Millenium Stadium

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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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  • 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
    The rock the castle is built on
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  • Day8

    Cardiff 2nd

    March 10, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Soooo my day off was amazing I literally just walked to the bathroom or to the store right in front of the hostel and spent the rest of the time in my bed. Therefore I don’t have much to tell that’s why I’ll tell you some fun facts about the English people here.

    1.: traffic lights for pedestrians are more a recommendation than a strict thing to follow - they take ages to turn green anyways - trust me I tried it and waited at least 2 minutes... even elderly walk whenever they want :D
    2.: cash?! What’s that? Everything works with your credit card (and I love it!) there are self checkouts in every supermarket and you’ll rarely find a cashier. Even in bars you pay with your card of course. - Germany when will you grow up?
    3.: train stations have a control gate you have to pass and employees working 24/7 to help out if something isn’t working or if interrail travelers have to pass ;)
    4.: as soon as the sun comes out english people get rid of their warm clothes and prefer T-shirts even if it’s still cold...
    5.: the UK has about 4 or 5 languages and many many more accents
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  • Day11

    Cardiff, UK

    July 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Bonjour 👋🏻,

    On continue nos déplacements, on a quitté notre université (je pourrai dire que j’ai fait du temps universitaire... 😉) ce matin en direction de Bath, un autre trajet de plus ou moins une heure. Et qu’est-ce qu’on a fait à Bath? Ben oui maxi ben oui, on a visité des « baths ». On avait juste quelques heures dans cette ville alors on a visité l’attrait principal, les bains romains. Nous ne sommes pas originaux car 3.8 millions de personnes passent également moins d’une journée dans cette ville.

    Cette fois-ci la visite parle des romains au lieu de la royauté anglaise. En 50 après JC, les romains fondèrent la ville pour en faire un lieu thermal et s'appelait en latin Aquae Sulis. Ils construisirent des bains et un temple dans les collines aux alentours de la ville, dans la vallée de l'Avon autour de sources chaudes. Bien plus tard, la ville devint populaire en tant que station thermale pendant l'époque georgienne, qui conduit à une importante expansion laissant un important héritage architectural fabriqué avec la pierre de la région dont l’abbaye. La ville de Bath est inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO depuis 1987.

    Par la suite, on continue notre trajet pour aller rejoindre Cardiff, la capitale du pays de Galles 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. Ville reconnue pour le magasinage et les pubs 🍺. Ah!!! Quel choix difficile, on choisi les pubs évidemment 🙄, le magasinage attendra à demain. On a commencé par un vieux pub, The cottage, pub traditionnel du UK. Ensuite, Anto avait ciblé 🎯 une micro-Brasserie ZeroDegrees, très belle place moderne. On demande pour essayer les bières et tout de go, le serveur nous donne 5 échantillons avec deux bonnes gorgées chacun, ils sont pas cheap!

    Depuis que nous sommes arrivés au Royaume Uni, Julie rêve de manger du zizzi 🧐? Et elle s’est régalée ce soir, et malheureusement on parle pas du mien 😢. Mais ne pensez pas tout croche, vous savez bien qu’on parle du souper , zizzi est une chaine de restos italien qu’on voit dans chaque ville depuis notre arrivée ici 👈 et puisqu’elle n’avait pas manger de pâtes depuis le début du voyage, elle avait bien hâte.

    On a fait un très bon choix d’hôtel dans cette ville. Notre hôtel est situé directement dans le vieux centre-ville et sur la rue piétonnière St-Mary, donc très bien situé mais un peu plus compliqué avec une voiture 🚗, il y a cependant un stationnement public tout près. C’est un bel hôtel dans un vieille coquille mais tout rénové de façon moderne à l’intérieur. On a l’air clim pour la première fois du voyage, pas besoin de vous dire que c’est l’hôtel préféré de Julie jusqu’à maintenant. C’est vraiment bien 😀 et on vous le recommande fortement.

    Voilà pour aujourd’hui 😎
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