Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
At Cardiff Bay, near the Norwegian Church, there is a statue of the explorer Robert Falcon Scott. The statue is easily overlooked and I would not have discovered it, if the guide on the boat trip had not pointed it out. As I am very interested in the age of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, I walked back to the church after the trip to look for the statue.
The guide said that it looked somewhat like an iceberg, and it might be true. I don't know much about art, but I liked the statue very much, although it was very different to what I had expected. I think it indeed looks like ice, and somehow like this it expresses the despair and desolation Scott must have felt when his expedition went wrong.
Robert Falcon Scott tried to be the first man to reach the south pole, but lost against Norwegian Roald Amundsen, and he and all of his men died on the way back. The ill-fated expedition left from Cardiff Bay on the 15th of June, 1910. I have no idea, though, why the statue is located so close to a Norwegian church - as Scott lost against the Norwegians, it seems somewhat ironical!
The statue was unveiled in 2003, almost a hundred years after Scott started his expedition from here. There is another memorial to him in Roath Park in the north of Cardiff, but I have not been there.
It has become a popular area, as it is closed to the city center.
Next to the bay you can find some statues and places to seat.
I had been twice here but I had only had lunch there once.
This wall in the Cardiff Bay area (opposite Mermaid Quay) has been used by fans as a makeshift memorial to the character Ianto Jones, played by David Gareth Lloyd, who appeared in the first three series of Torchwood, before being killed off for plot reasons.
Apparently, some fans were so upset about Ianto's 'death' that they organised a protest of sending packets of coffee to BBC Wales (Ianto was the 'coffee boy). But showrunner Russell T Davies said they only received 9 packets. I wonder whether he drank it? Davies was a regular at Cardiff Bay coffee shop Coffee Mania!
Its a wonderful redevelopment of the whole area,new appartment buildings ,cafes ,bars reastaurants clubs and the home of the new Welsh Assembly,a huge new Arts center.
Cardiff Bay has been renovated in the last years.
Now is house of lots of restaurants, new urbanisations and many companies had moved their offices over there.
Helwick LV14, the lightship is at the new Cardiff Bay, close to Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre and Norwegian Church Arts Centre on Harbour Drive.