Travels through Western Europe travel blog

The "Palace of Rugby" in Cardiff

The keep at Cardiff Castle

The keep at Cardiff Castle

The Clock Tower


Thors day

Man on the wall

Monkies all look like Darwin!

Local shop - note town name above door

Church outside Cardiff

Up at 6:00 and put the suitcase outside the door, then get dressed and head down for breakfast. Alice wasn’t feeling well but we ate a little then onto the bus.

Quiet ride to Cardiff through drizzle and rain, but light stuff. We got to the castle and hurried inside to hide under a big tree. We were group two so we stood about for a bit and the rain ended. Then off for the castle tour.

Cardiff Castle was an ancient structure but completely redone by John Stuart, a coal merchant, in the mid 19th century. A Victorian Gothic fantasy built on the remains of Norman and Roman ruins, the place was quite impressive with colorful windows, woodwork, and all sorts of carvings. Our guide was having a grand time telling us about the history and oddities of the builder. One man built it, his son lived there, and his son gave it to the city!

Stuart was a staunch Catholic but the builder was anything but. Much of the work in the castle reflects a contest between owner and builder – with lots of references to ancient deities as well as jabs at Darwin and his theory of evolution.

Interesting tour but the guide took way too much time so we were late getting to the bus. We dashed off to Pembroke to get the ferry to Ireland and, afer a short stop for a snack, arrived in good order about 2:00.

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