Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cardiff


A little while ago I went to Cardiff. I had visited this city before, but not for a long time, and I'd never been able to properly explore it. It was wonderful to get to do all the things I wanted to, and wander around, and really get to see the city.



I really liked the mixture of architecture in Cardiff, it's a real mish-mash with a lot of Victorian and Edwardian structures, and I am a sucker for a bit of Victorian red brick and Gothic Revival. The main streets are wide and mostly pedestrianised, which I also really approved of, and there are interesting details almost everywhere you look.


I was also pleased to find that the locals were still as lovely as I remembered-the shop staff, bus drivers, and museum assistants were incredibly helpful and friendly. One bus driver even stopped the bus when we were getting off to give us directions to the place we were trying to get to! A cafe let us buy some takeaway snacks even though they were closing up, and simple little things like a shop assistant letting me test the pen I was buying and then putting it into a paper bag so it wouldn't stain my other purchases with ink, made such a difference.



I also thought the green spaces (or what little I saw of them, at least) were wonderful.


Of course, the abundance of wonderful museums and places of interest sat well with me, and were one of the reasons I booked my little trip.


Many parts of Cardiff are very beautiful, and it is certainly a very interesting place, with a mix of cultures and a rich history. But it is also a city that bears a lot of scars. It has only been Wales' capital since 1955, and has seen rapid growth and progress in a relatively short time. I feel like in some ways, it is a city still finding its feet. Although some of the regeneration of the area has been overwhelmingly positive and really improved the city-e.g. the clean up of the River Taff, and the creation of Cardiff Bay-I couldn't help but notice that a lot of it has focused on shopping centres and restaurants, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. But regardless, I had a good time, and I hope I get to visit again.

(This ticks off no. 12 from my 101 in 1001 list)

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1 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos. I really love Cardiff, I'd love to visit it more often!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

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