WEEKEND IN CARDIFF
7 Aug 2010 (Sat): Visiting uncle in Cardiff (Croeso i Caerdydd!!)
We're having directed learning week and had some free time so thought about visiting uncle for a few days. :) WeyShin also tagged along for this trip. Finished our corporate finance test on fri then took a night train from Sheffield to Cardiff. The normal train usually takes about 3-4 hours only but our journey took 10 hours...haha!! Yes...we're poor students so took the cheapest train (£15) instead of spending £32 or £74. Saved at least £17=RM85...that's a lot of money ok. :p
Our looong journey with 2 stopovers in Stockport(40min) & Crewe(4.5hours). I was so 'smart' to bring only one jacket...and it was coldddd!! My zombie look at 5am. :p
Woohoo...finally arrived Cardiff at 8am!! Uncle came to the station to pick us up and Denise prepared yummylicous English b'fast for us. :)
Started exploring Cardiff with our 'tour guides'...uncle & Denise. :) First stop...Cardiff Bay. Oh btw...I didn't know Cardiff was part of Wales until I saw all the weird language (Welsh) in every signboards...yes i'm blur.
Clockwise: The Pierhead Building, The Senedd/National Assembly building, Wales Millenium Centre, Roald Dahl Plass.
Took Cardiff Waterbus from Cardiff Bay to Penarth. Weather was gloomy so couldn't get nicer pics.
Penarth is a town and seaside resort southwest of Cardiff.
Cardiff Bay Barrage...this was pretty interesting for me coz I've never seen anything like this before...quite 'sam pat' right...hehe! :p
There was a 'fishing & no fishing' sign...the guy in the first pic really follows instruction and put his rod right next to that yellow line.
Finally the sky is clear and Mermaid Quay becomes more lively. :)
Our next stop: St Fagans National History Museum...open-air museum of Welsh Life.
Lotsa traditional buildings & exhibits...explores how people in Wales have lived, worked, and spent their leisure time long long time ago.
Piggy & sheeps!!
Rhyd-y-Car Ironworkers' Houses: Travel through time as you see six homes, their contents and gardens change from 1805-1985.
Lotsa parents brought their kids to the museum...shows how much they appreciate their heritage and traditions. :)
Had our late lunch at this pub...yummy! Thanks uncle for the treat! :)
Last stop for the day: Roath Park & Lake. So many swans, ducks, geese, and seagulls...lotsa poop everywhere also...hehe!! :p
Swans in the lake = Swan Lake...lol!
Nice scenery! :)
The Scott Memorial clock...the real one and the one made from flowers.
Thanks uncle and Denise for accompanying us around Cardiff for the whole day!!! :)
Roath Botanical Gardens...i'm not a big fan of flowers. :p
Uncle's boss...YC gave us a dinner treat at his restaurant. :) Had a good time chatting with them...we talked bout badminton, politics, education, etc...he probably knows much more bout what's going on in M'sia than I do...haha!! :p
More yummy-licious food! :)
9 Aug 2010 (Mon): Last day in Cardiff
Finally...last post to wrap up my Cardiff & Bath trip. Spent our last day walking around the city ourselves. Denise reminded us not to get on the 'valley' bus and we really got on one...dumb dumb us. =.= But at least we still managed to find our way back...lol! :p And 'lucky' us, it was raining all day so was a lil' miserable...no blue skies for all the pics coz it was gloomy.
Cardiff Millennium Stadium...my crazy face expression in the jump shot. :p
Went on the castle tour and was given an audio guide...was too busy taking pics so didn't really bother to listen to all the explanations...whoops! :p
Walking around the Wartime Tunnels...looks eerie huh! :p
Garden behind the castles...took these from the castle windows.
The Norman Keep...now only I know the name of this round thing coz I'm looking at the brochure. :p
Walking along the Battlement Walk...it's like a walkway around the 'top floor' of the castle. (omg what a lousy description =.=)
More pictures of the surroundings of the castle from the Battlement Walk
Whoops...again! :p Looks like I'm hanging down from the tree with 3 strings attached to my legs and ponytail...lol!
Visited the Castle Apartments. Don't rmb the name of this room...something Arab I think.
The Banqueting Hall...nice Victorian style design. :)
Outside the Castle Apartments
Front view of the Norman Keep...jump shots again...yea I know I'm crazy. :p
Going up the Norman Keep
View from the first floor
Climbing up these stairs...luckily it wasn't high.
View from the top floor
Few more pictures before we left the castle.
End of holiday...time to get back to work. :( Byebye Cardiff...it's been a great weekend!! Thanks to uncle Hoe and Denise again for such a lovely weekend...really appreciate it!! :) Cya'll back in M'sia!!
Sunset along our journey