We were in Wales for a few days at the beginning of the month and as usual I took lots of photos, a few of which I thought I'd share. That particular week we struck gold with the weather and had a glorious few days of sunshine which wasn't too hot for comfort. The following week it poured down and we wouldn't have been half as free to wander as we were. Anyway, August Bank holiday saw us in Cardiff and we discovered a lovely little town called Penarth where they have a wonderful cliff-top promenade area for walking.
The view up-river. If you click a couple of times you can just see the bridge that crosses the Bristol Channel:
Down-river. The view is across to England and the coast of Somerset. The islands are Flatholm and Steepholm. The next indistinct bump is The Quantocks in Somerset, close to where we used to live, and the next bump is actually part of the mainland - Weston-super-Mare.
The next day we took the park and ride into Cardiff itself. Brilliant. Hubby didn't have to drive into the city, find somewhere to park and so on and so on. Recommend it to anyone.
Cardiff Castle. We didn't do the tour as we thought that the charge of almost £10 was a bit steep.
Next, it was onto the open top tour bus and down to Cardiff Bay where we were planning to see the Dr. Who exhibition. There as well is The Cardiff Millenium Centre for all things opera, ballet, musicals and so on. The Torchwood connection is that the lift from The Hub comes up here somewhere but as there were building works going on, it wasn't very obvious where exactly. But the building is amazing:
Inside the entertainment complex, where the Dr. Who exhibition was, I spotted this rather wonderful muriel:
The Dr. Who exhibition... Cybermen, Daleks etc... all great fun:
From there it was but a short stroll to Mermaid Wharf where we saw the Welsh National Assembly building:
A building I can't name but I loved the Victorian tower.
And this view where we sat and ate a picnic lunch along with loads of others out enjoying the end of summer sunshine.
This is across Cardiff Bay to Penarth, on the headland, where we'd been the day before. I have to say we fell completely in love with Cardiff and its beautiful surrounding countryside and coastline. So much to see and do, the people all so friendly - just an all round brilliant city. More photos to come as that's only about half of them!