Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Cardiff

A Welsh dragon to start off this blog post about our weekend in Cardiff.


G found our hotel through lastminute.com and a very handsome building it was too.


The interior didn't disappoint either, this is the ceiling in the foyer

and we were thrilled to find that our room had a huge comfy bed in it for us and there was a separate room for T and S. Normally when we go away for a night we book into a Travelodge and it's all 4 of us in one room. This separate room thing was a real treat!



The reason for our trip away was for T to see his brother L. Although the boys chat on the phone they hadn't seen each other for over a year. Both were very happy to see each other.


We had to walk past here on the road leading up to out hotel. Bought back a few memories of when G and I were last in Cardiff watching Saints lose to Arsenal.



There is a statue of Sir Tasker Williams here as one of his many achievements was being President of the Welsh Rubgy Union for 11 years

and reading this certainly bought a lump to my throat.


To the left of our hotel is Cardiff Castle. We didn't visit on this occasion, so many things we want to go back and see



but we did take a stroll along the Animal wall which is now a boundary wall to Bute Park.






There were so many beautiful old buildings to look at but one of the things I noticed was the fabulous chimneys on the houses.


On Sunday morning we walked down to Cardiff Bay. There is a lot of public art to see from impressions along the waterfront walk



the renovated Norwegian Church (where Roald Dahl was christened)



a fabulous statue dedicated to Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition, you can really see the struggle in his face and body.




Another statue, this one to Ivor Novello.



The Millennium Centre looked stunning in the sunshine and again there was so much more to explore than we had time for. We hope to make a return trip soon.




12 comments:

gillyflower said...

Thank you for sharing this, I never realised Cardiff was such a beautiful and interesting place to visit, there is so much to see and do.
We often whizz past the turn off on our way to a holiday cottage but never think to stop - I shall now.

Belated Happy New Year!!!

Gillxx

Florence and Mary said...

A fabulous trip for you all and it looks like you got to see so much.

Victoria xx

elsy said...

ah i love cardiff....used to go an awful lot and really miss it...great city

Victoria said...

Sounds a great weekend. Thank you for sharing. x

topchelseagirl said...

I love chimneys too! What a wonderful building your hotel was in. Love the animal wall too. Looks like a great trip. x

Caroline said...

Sounds like a fab weekend away, Lisa! I love Cardiff - and we stayed in the same hotel as you a couple of years ago, too! x

Poppy said...

It looks like fun was had by all! I’ve never been....

Lou xxx

Mac n' Janet said...

Looks like you had a great trip,loved the animal wall.

BadPenny said...

I've never been to Cardiff so thank you for the tour ! I love the animal wall.

Jo said...

Your hotel looks very swish, and your room was spacious, unlike a Travelodge. Great that T could visit his brother. Cardiff looks like a great city, I never realised there was so much to see there. I love the animal wall.

Louise said...

some fabulous buildings, I love that church! Sounds like a great weekend!

Diane said...

What a great trip - you got to see some great places and did some fab things. I'm so glad that T got to see his brother . xxxxx