How are you? I hope that you had a good weekend. Today I thought that I would do a very chatty post, something that I don’t tend to do very often. The reason why I thought that I would do this is because last week I was in Cardiff for a few days and I thought that I would share my week with you. I made one of these posts when I went to Disney earlier in the year and I love looking back on that post and remembering that week. So I thought that I would do it again, and kind of make it a thing. On the rare occasion that I go somewhere, I’m going to make a post like this.
So I was in Cardiff for about 3 and a half days, with my older sister, Alice. We actually went to Cardiff about 5 years ago and loved it. we both feel completely in love with the city and we have wanted to go back ever since. Recently we both managed to get the same week off work and both needed a break, so we decided that it was the perfect time to go back. We actually managed to get a couple of really good deals, so the train and hotel only cost us around £90 each. Which is a brilliant price since the train tickets alone are normally around £80.
We headed off on the Monday at around lunchtime. The train journey is about 5 hours long, with a change. I will be honest; this was pretty stressful. Our first train was running delayed so we ended up having about 30 seconds to get across the platform for our connection (of which there is only one train every 2 hours and we were book on a specific one and would have been charged if we missed it), and then we had paid for assigned seats on the connection and the train that arrived didn’t have assigned seats. And all in all, not a pleasant journey. But anyway, we eventually arrived in Cardiff at around 5:30 in the evening.
When we arrived we went straight to our hotel to check in. we did have a bit of trouble finding our hotel at first, but got their eventually. We checked in, dropped off our bags and then went down to the bay for a wander and some dinner. We had a walk around the bay first, re-familiarising ourselves with the area and then went to get something to eat. Neither of us were particularly hungry as we had been picking at stuff on the train, so we ended up just going to a Whetherspoons and having a little meal and a couple of drinks. After dinner we wandered down to the city centre, to stretch our legs and get some fresh air. We wandered for an hour or so, had some ice-cream, then, the rebels that we are, we went back to our hotel and went to bed at about 9:30pm, lol. We were tried, don’t judge us.
The next day we got up and had some breakfast at the hotel (which was pretty uninspiring, but it was a budget hotel so I wasn’t expecting much) and set off into the city centre. We spent a good few hours browsing the shops and buying a few bits and bobs. It really is a brilliant city for shopping. We then popped back to our hotel to drop off our purchases and then went for lunch. We were both pretty hungry so we decided to have a big lunch, so we decided to go to Bella Italia for food. That afternoon we went round the national museum of Cardiff. They have the largest collection of French art outside of France, so it is a really beautiful place to visit. In the evening we headed back down to the bay for drinks, we weren’t hungry as we had had a big lunch. I will admit that I may have gotten us a little bit lost on our way to the bay. I thought it would be nice to take a short cut through a park…yea, turns out the park didn’t lead where I thought that it did and we got a wee bit lost. Oh well, I got us to the bay in the end…with a little help from google maps.
On the third day Alice decided to treat us to breakfast at Bill’s, one of our favourite places for breakfast. It is this amazing little chain of restaurants throughout the UK. They do amazing food and I brilliant breakfasts. We went to the one in the bay and just sat watching the world go by as we ate. After we had eaten, we headed back into the city centre. This time we decided to be really corny tourists and go on an open-top bus tour of the city. This was actually really nice. We got to see a lot of the city that we wouldn’t otherwise and also learn a lot about the city and its history. After that we decided to continue the tourist theme and go into the Castel. My god that place is beautiful. We also took a guided tour of the castle house, which was so nice, because again we got to learn a lot about the history. We also explored the grounds and Alice tried to chase multiple squirrels. After that the day took a bit of a turn as Alice suddenly developed a migraine so I had to take her back to the hotel. I deposited her there, and after insuring she was okay, I left her and went off on my own for a bit as I couldn’t stay in the room (she needed silence and a pitch black room. I didn’t feel like sitting in a dark room in silence). So I went into the city on my own, mildly terrifying, but I am proud of myself for not getting anxious and having a panic attack, so I spent a couple of hours in the centre, browsing the shops, before heading back to the hotel to check on Alice (I popped back about once an hour to make sure she was okay).
The final day was a bit of a wash out. not only was it raining, the hotel wouldn’t hold our bags so we had to take them with us (still annoyed about that as their website said that they would) and Alice still wasn’t feeling great. So we slowly wandered around Bute Gardens, what where the castle grounds, sat in a few cafes, had a little lunch in a really cute little café, had a slow wander around and then went to the station to wait for our train. And then we went home. Besides the last day, I really loved it. I had forgotten how much I love that city.
I get a lot of people ask me, why Cardiff? And the answer is why not. I love that place so much. It is such a beautiful little city. The people are all really friendly and helpful, the city is full of so much history, and I just love every part of it. if I could, I would move there. It is such a lovely place and I love that it never feels manic, like London does. I love that the residents are always really nice and happy to answer any questions. I love its quirks. I love that even like 5 years on, there is will a shrine to a fictional TV character in the bay. I just love it all and I want to go back already. If you ever get the chance to visit Cardiff, you 100% should. It is such a nice place.
And that’s it really. I hope that you have enjoyed todays chatty post. I don’t write these very often, but on the odd occasion that I do, I really enjoy doing them. I love how informal and easy they are. but anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.