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  • Day22

    Welsh Folk Dinner at Cardiff Castle

    September 9, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Dinner was accompanied by an introduction to Welsh culture, and I was chosen to be the king's food taster. Our hotel, formerly the Maldron Cardiff, was having its name changed to the Clayton as we arrived.Read more

  • 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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  • Day55

    The Lakes District to Cardiff

    August 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    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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  • 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

  • Day11


    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

  • Day109


    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    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

  • 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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  • Day10

    Brecon Beacons Nationalpark

    August 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    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....
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