I hope you had an amazing week just like we did!
We visited a lot of interesting places, so I’ll get right down to it!
Barry Island was just a short train ride away from Cardiff.
It is a seaside resort and part of the town ‘Barry’.
In 1880 the Barry Docks were opened by the Barry Railway Company and since then it has become a frequently visited resort for working-class families.
To this day Barry Island is a much visited seaside resort during the summer months.
On the day of our visit, it was very windy and very cold!
But I will definitely visit this place again. It’s really beautiful and, growing up near the coast, I simply love the smell of the sea!
Another beautiful place we visited was ‘Bath’, home of Jane Austen.
It was a bit further away, but nevertheless definitely worth the visit!
There is a lot of history in this place, dating all the way back to 60AD when the Romans built baths and the city became a spa.
The city is in the valley of the river Avon, which means nothing, geographically, as there are 8 rivers in the UK called ‘Avon’. This is because of the fact that ‘Avon’ is a cognate of the Welsh word ‘Afon’, which means ‘river’. So when the locals were asked how they called their river, their response was ‘Afon’ and the Romans obediently “named” the rivers “Avon”, not knowing it was Welsh for ‘river’.
Nowadays the different ‘Avons’ are distinguished by giving them a geographiclaly more recognisable name. So, the one I’m talking about in Bath is called ‘Bristol Avon’.
The city was truly beautiful and very authentic.
And just like ‘mergel’ was used in Limburg, here in Bath, most buildings were made from the local ‘Bath Stone’.
Although we really loved this town, we didn’t really engage in any of the ‘tourist attractions’.
What was interesting to us, was that you had to pay for everything you wanted to visit. Which of course is understandable, but the fees were pretty high and since there are a lot of places to visit, it could become a very expensive trip. After all, I’m still just a poor student 😉
In the end, we decided to take a tour with the ‘hop-on, hop-off’ busses.
In our week together, Diego and I visited two castles. Naturally, we went to see ‘Cardiff Castle’, but a relatively short bus ride away we found this one: ‘Caerphilly Castle’.
This medieval fortification is the second largest castle in Britain (12ha) and it is surrounded by extensive artificial lakes as form of defence.
After surviving various attacks, this castle fell into decline in the late 15th century, until it was acquired in 1776 by the ‘Marquesses of Bute’ and they started restorations.
In 1950 the castle and its ground were given to the state.
The castle and its ground were really impressive and beautiful. I also love the fact that it lies a bit higher so the view was amazing!
On our ride up we saw that you also have the possibility, if you get off the bus a few stops earlier, to visit some mountains, which is something I definitely want to do.
Cardiff Bay is supplied by two rivers to form a freshwater lake around the former dockland area.
We decided to visit this area in the early evening, because I really wanted to take some pictures of the opera house in the dark.
The bay is really a nice area with lots of restaurants, cafes, notable buildings and (water-based) attractions.
We had a lovely dinner here and after that, we took some time to walk around a bit.
Of course, a trip to Cardiff won’t be complete without a visit to the castle situated right next to the RWCMD!
Cardiff castle formed the heart of the medieval town of Cardiff.
This castle has seen and survived a lot of battles.
During the second world war, extensive air raid shelters were built in the castle walls (which you can still walk through) and they could hold up to 1800 people.
In 1947 the castle was given to the city of Cardiff.
Back to normal
While I’m writing this post, Diego has already arrived back home and everything has returned to our new “normal”.
We had an amazing week and I can’t stress enough how incredibly special his visit was for me.
I feel we are incredibly lucky and blessed to have the opportunity and the means to share all these experiences together.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and I hope you can appreciate all the pictures I took (I’m still getting to know my “new” camera).
As always, please do leave a comment and share your thoughts, ideas, opinions, questions, etc.
Have a great week!!!
Gratitude – Henry van Dyke
“Do you give thanks for this? — or that?”
No, God be thanked
I am not grateful
In that cold, calculating way, with blessing ranked
As one, two, three, and four, — that would be hateful.
I only know that every day brings good above”
My poor deserving;
I only feel that, in the road of Life, true Love
Is leading me along and never swerving.
Whatever gifts and mercies in my lot may fall,
I would not measure
As worth a certain price in praise, or great or small;
But take and use them all with simple pleasure.
For when we gladly eat our daily bread, we bless
The Hand that feeds us;
And when we tread the road of Life in cheerfulness,
Our very heart-beats praise the Love that leads us.