Onward To Cardiff!

I may not be able to pronounce a single word of Welsh properly, but I enjoy the language.

I may not be able to pronounce a single word of Welsh properly, but I enjoy the language.

After being in ‘opulent’ Bath, Cardiff was a nice change.  The city was more relaxed and diverse (more than 1 type of brick can be used for the buildings here).  I’d visit Bath, but I’d live in Cardiff.

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and the largest city in the country.  It’s got a castle, a bay, the Wales Millennium Centre, and the Millennium Stadium.  It also had 5-Finger Kit-Kat bars for a limited time.

Kristen and I arrived at the Central Station in Cardiff, and even though the Queen Street Station was really close to our hotel we decided to walk instead.  It was a nice day, after all, and we needed some exercise after all that train-sitting.

You can tell it's Cardiff because of all the dragons.

You can tell it’s Cardiff because of all the dragons.

I don’t recall the downtown area being difficult to walk around, but I know that we stepped into St. David’s at once point and I got completely turned around.  That place is big.

One of the smaller shopping Arcades. Much easier to navigate than St. David's.

One of the smaller shopping Arcades. Much easier to navigate than St. David’s.

Downtown Cardiff also has really nice buildings.  I like the melding of the old and the new.  The new buildings are interesting without being too out-there or off-putting.

The Cardiff Central Library.  BOOKS!

The Cardiff Central Library. BOOKS!

This was my first time in central Cardiff (I’d been to the Bay area previously), and I enjoyed all the walking around (even if my luggage was usually being dragged behind me).  Flat European cities are the best.

Random Clock

Random Clock

Cardiff is also where BBC Wales is located – the place where they film Doctor Who and Torchwood.  It’s a great place to get your geek on.

And they have the best brewery name.

[zombie voice] Brains...

[zombie voice] Brains…

We didn’t get the chance to sample Cardiff’s Brains, but that’s definitely on my list for next time. 

Because, seriously, Brains.

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