I don't quite know where to put this tip. I noticed a huge tanker on its way to delivering beer, then saw adverts, and then at the railway station saw the brewery, so surely nothing could be more local than the local beer- not that I drink.
We walked to the train station to check on schedules to Fishguard and the Irish Sea ferry. The clerk was behind what looked like a bullet-proof window and he couldn't hear what we were saying and we couldn't understand what he was saying, he finally just shoved a copy of the schedule at us through the crack in the glass. A young couple (he was another train employee) in line, kidded with us about our service. We all had a great laugh. Fun and friendly people in Wales.
Go to the Arcades ....
Walk along the streets full of Christmas decoration ....
Enjoy the Christmas markets ......
I love the times previous to Christmas, even if I know there are too much commercialised and we spent much much money ....
On my second visit to Cardiff, Olga came to visit us too.
So again Stace took us here, ( Poor Stace I have no idea how many times he has show this lol to all the visitors he had since he got into VT)
An open air museum showing historically a little of the history and culture of Wales through their tipical houses.
On my first time I went for a picnic and I loved. I founded many things in common with the country side area of Spain where my family comes from.
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In this shop in front of the Cardiff castle, you can find the biggest and the smallest lovespoon.
According to Welsh folklore, these ornately carved spoons were traditionally made from a single piece of wood by a suitor to show his affection to his loved one.
I nice tradition, but diamond rings are still nicer lol
If you'd like to sample a bit of local cuisine while in Cardiff, one of the things that's specifically local to the Cardiff area is Clark's Pies. A Clark's Pie is basically a meat pie in shortcrust pastry made locally to a local recipe. These can be found in almost any fish and chip shop within 20 miles of Cardiff. I think they taste pretty much the same as any other meat pie, but they are technically a regional delicacy so eating one is almost as much of a tourist must-do thing as visiting Cardiff Castle!
There's a local brewery in Wales called Brains. One of their slogans in the past was "It's Brains You Want" ... indeed. The brewery was founded by Samuel Arthur Brain. One of their most popular brews is called Brains S.A. which is locally known as "Skull Attack"... for it's strength and effects the next day ! It's only 4.2% however, which is a bit weaker than most Canadian beers which weight in at 5%. Even so, Brains makes a popular range of beers so there's something for everyone
From the WEB:The story of Carreg Cennen Castle is a long one, going back at least to the 13th century. There is archaeological evidence, however, that the Romans and prehistoric peoples occupied the craggy hilltop centuries earlier (a cache of Roman coins and four prehistoric skeletons have been unearthed at the site). Although the Welsh Princes of Deheubarth built the first castle at Carreg Cennen, what remains today dates to King Edward I's momentous period of castle-building in Wales.
Another view of the castle. DOES IT RAIN IN CARDIFF?? Alot of rain, it cleared up by the afternoon tho!!!!!!!!!!
I had my umbrella, opened it to find it was broke. Remember to check out the umbrella before packing.
Check out the Welsh Love Spoons as a possible souvenir item. My wife and I had not heard of these before, but their story was interesting and unique that we decided to buy one and display it in our home. Each one is unique and has a different meaning. I know, I know...call me the typical tourist. You won't be able to resist either ;)
My Particular favourite pies come from a family run butchers's "Rees The Butchers"
376, Cowbridge Rd East, Canton, Cardiff,
Cardiff has many statues of its prominent citizens. This is Aneurin Bevan, a famous Welsh Labour politician. He set up the NHS, the UK's health system, back in the 50s.
This is the flag of Wales. It's very colourful and I particularly like the Dragon. If you go shopping to the gift shops you'll find a great variety of dragons for you to keep one!