Cardiff – April 2014

 

Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and "Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens" which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration
Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and “Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens” which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration

Cardiff (Welsh: Caerdydd) is the capital and largest city in Wales. Don’t know yet? How about Gareth Bale or Ryan Giggs?

We arrived at Cardiff Central station after 3hr35m first class train trip from Manchester Piccadilly. We exited the station, walked 2min and here we were at Sleeperz, a budget hotel with awesome location.

We then had a quick check-in, settled, and hit the road. Early morning tomorrow we  have to depart for London. We walked up West Gate street leading to Cardiff Castle, passing by Millennium Stadium. Rather than headed to the castle, we walked around the castle, by traversing Bute Park.

The side walking path of Bute Park leads us to Cardiff Crown Court, Alexandra Gardens and Cardiff University.

We then returned to our hotel after making a good shopping walk in Queen Street & The Hayes area.

Just before sunset, we took a taxi to Cardiff Bay and enjoyed the scenery there prior to making a trip back to central Cardiff for our dinner on Caroline Street which lined with many halal restaurant (about 4% of Cardiff’s population is Muslim).

Cardiff, a land we never imagined to step on,  gave us a short enjoyable visit. Had a long reputation as an industrial city, Cardiff has been gaining popularity as a tourist hot spot. With its concentrated tourist area, easy access, and affordable, no wonder that Cardiff is flourishing in tourism. The only thing that made us puzzled is how they live with that consonant-laden words: gwydr, fyddwch, unrhyw?

 

First class train of First Great Western
First class train of First Great Western

 

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Cardiff Central Station
West Gate St, leading to Cardiff Castle passing Millennium Stadium
West Gate St, leading to Cardiff Castle passing Millennium Stadium
Millennium Stadium, the home of the Wales national rugby union team
Millennium Stadium, the home of the Wales national rugby union team
Westgate St
Westgate St
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
Ice cream treat at Bute Park
Ice cream treat at Bute Park
Wefie at Bute Park. Cardiff Castle on the background
Wefie at Bute Park. Cardiff Castle on the background
Bute Park, Cardiff Castle
Bute Park, Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle, side view
Cardiff Castle, side view
Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Near Cardiff Crown Court
Near Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Cardiff Crown Court
Alexandra Gardens, opposite Cardiff University
Alexandra Gardens, opposite Cardiff University
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens
Cardiff University
Cardiff University
National Museum Cardiff
National Museum Cardiff
Qatar-inspired Tulip :)
Qatar-inspired Tulip 🙂
City Hall Lawn
City Hall Lawn
Park Pl street
Park Pl street leading to Queen Street shopping area
Queen Street shopping area
Queen Street shopping area
Queen Street
Queen Street
This halal noodle restaurant is a treat
This halal noodle restaurant is a treat
Queen Street
Queen Street
Cardiff Castle from Queen Street
Cardiff Castle from Queen Street
St John street
St John street
St Johns Church
St Johns Church
The Hayes
The Hayes
The Hayes
The Hayes
The Hayes, Cardiff (near Duke of Wellington)
The Hayes, Cardiff (near Duke of Wellington)
Cardiff Library and John Lewis
Cardiff Library and John Lewis
Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and "Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens" which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration
Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff Bay. Inscription on the centre exterior are: In these stones horizons sing, and “Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awens” which translate as Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration
Pierhead Building
Pierhead Building
Wales Millennium Centre - Cardiff Bay for theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, free family fun and behind the scenes tours
Wales Millennium Centre – Cardiff Bay for theatres, galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, free family fun and behind the scenes tours
Roald Dahl Plass - Cardiff Bay
Roald Dahl Plass – Cardiff Bay
People Like Us sculpture at Cardiff Bay
People Like Us sculpture at Cardiff Bay
Techniquest (Science Center) at Cardiff Bay
Techniquest (Science Center) at Cardiff Bay

 

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Pierhead Building - Cardiff Bay
Pierhead Building – Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay
St Mary Street Cardiff
St Mary Street Cardiff
Fathan at Pierhead Clock
Fathan at Pierhead Clock
Pierhead Clock at St Marry Street
Pierhead Clock at St Marry Street
One of the halal eateries on Caroline Street
One of the halal eateries on Caroline Street
Walking down Caroline St (The Hayes area off St Mary Street, opposite Philharmonic Hall) where many halal outlets are available
Walking down Caroline St (The Hayes area off St Mary Street, opposite Philharmonic Hall) where many halal outlets are available
One of the most consonant-based languages  I've ever seen. 7 consonants in one word?
One of the most consonant-based languages I’ve ever seen. 7 consonants in one word?
Cardiff Central Station
Cardiff Central Station

 

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