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Jul 11, 2014 - Just 1 more sleep

Hi There, This morning I caught the train from Liverpool to Cardiff in Wales. There are only 2 kinds of people in Cardiff ... those who live here and everyone else is here for SPEEDWAY GP ... THE BRITISH GP. I don't think it is possible to get a room anywhere in Cardiff. Saturday will be like the World Cup on steroids. Australias 2012 World Speedway Champion, Chris Holder cannot ride because of a broken wrist and a cracked vertebrae in his neck. He has been seriously unlucky over the past 12 months. nevertheless Darcy Ward and Troy...

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Europe 2014

Apr 30, 2014 - Change of tactics

Took a train from Stonehouse in the Cotswolds to Cardiff. I am in a semi-foreign land, with dual language signs always presenting Welsh before English. Heading to Saint David's tomorrow. I will stay three nights. The change of tactics is this: Instead of point-to-point walking, I'll do day walks out of town, using the coastal shuttles to get to different sections and return. On days four and five, I will go point-to-point. Remember, I am sampling. Cardiff is a charming city. The downtown core has been turned over to pedestrian use. It...

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UK on Foot

Apr 29, 2014 - Cardiff, Wales

Today was another long day on our journey through the British Isles. Up at 5:00, suitcases out in the hall by 5:45, breakfast at 6, on the bus at 7 we finished the day at dinner at a castle and arrived at our hotel at 10:30. We needed to catch an early ferry from Rosslare, Ireland across St George Channel to Pembroke, Wales to stay on schedule. We arrived at the hotel in Cardiff in time for a nape or a walk through the city. We chose the walk, the center of the city is a pedestrian mall, no cars and a lot of nice stores and many people,...

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Oct 7, 2013 - Cardiff, Wales

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s what the Lonely Planet – Great Britain chapter on Cardiff (Caerdydd) has to say about Cardiff: “The capital of Wales since only 1955, has embraced its new role with vigour, emerging as one of Britain’s leading urban centres in the 21st century. Caught between an ancient fort and an ultramodern waterfront, compact Cardiff seems to have surprised even itself with how interesting it’s become. If its mid-20th-century decline at one stage seemed terminal, the city has entered the new millennium pumped up on steroids,...

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Sep 9, 2013 - North Wales to Cardiff

Here we are again. It has been another couple of busy days Yesterday we spent the day looking around snowdonia national park. The weather was not great, lots of showers and grey clouds and a top temp of about 13. However it was lovely to see the clouds rolling over the countryside. The sun started to break through at times, which changed the landscape again. We saw waterfalls, lovely little villages, mountains and green rolling pastures. Dinner last night ended up being quite funny - great food but terrible service. Too much to go into on...

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Borg-Malone Journey

Jul 6, 2013 - One final post

Hi, I wanted to write one final post, a) because I didn't want to end my blog on an unlucky 13th entry, and b) I wanted to tell you a little bit about the journey home and what it feels like to finally be here after close to 24 hrs travelling (much longer for poor Charlotte who had problems with trains from healthrow)! Very little was done in Dar on our last day. I think we had all run out steam and some were still getting over illness and terrible seasickness (me included in the latter) so we merely ate, rehydrated and repacked our bags...

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African Adventure

Dec 26, 2012 - Navy's travels at Christmas

Dear Max and classmates, Nadolig Llawen! (that's Happy Christmas in Welsh). I decided to take a bit of a rest and spend Christmas in Wales with Max's family there. Yesterday was Christmas Day and we had a lovely Christmas Dinner and lots of presents. Today we went to a soccer game (my first one!) and watched Cardiff City beat Crystal Palace 2-1. It is traditional in the U.K. that soccer is played on Boxing Day. I plan to start my travels again soon and will be off to London shortly. Attached are photos of me with Max's cousin, Elijah, me...

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Project Travel Mate

Oct 7, 2012 - Return to Cardiff

We arrive in the dining room for breakfast, and with no one is about to serve us we start helping ourselves. The waitress arrives and says she didn’t know we were there, and we should have rung the bell. What bell?, we ask, and are told there is one at the door. That there is, but no sign telling us to use it! Breakfast at the Royal Breakwater is another wonderful full English, and we leave for Cardiff around 10.30am. We fill up with petrol on the way £39, and stop for a quick snack at lunch time. We are pleased to see that the long...

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Oct 2, 2012 - Paris to Cardiff

Monday 1st October Day 16 Paris – London – Cardiff The 6am wake up came far too soon for some, but we had to pack, have breakfast, and be ready to leave on the bus by 8am. Liam comes over to Tony to apologise, and when asked if he knows why has to admit he doesn’t. Tony gets the camera out and shows him, he is highly embarrassed especially when shown the ones of him groping his own Father. It doesn’t take long to get to Gare du Nord train station, we are there by 8.40 and then had to wait on the bus until a porter arrived to take our...

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Sep 22, 2012 - Cardiff and the British Cheese Festival

On a whim (and cause one of my friends was going), I packed my bags and headed to Cardiff for the weekend. It also turned out to be the weekend of the British Cheese Festival at Cardiff Castle. Arriving on Friday, I had hesitations for the weather as it rained for most of the bus ride. Saturday however, dawned bright and beautiful. This lead to a day of food and frivolity as we feasted way too much cheese and drank not enough ale, cider and liquor. It meant lying on the lawn eating awesome roast pork rolls and listening to some pretty cool...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Jul 27, 2012 - Cardiff

This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Lisa and I took a train to Cardiff and walked the market, ate at the mall, and then went to the Cardiff Castle. This site has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and then was reconstructed during Victorian times. After a while, many castles look like just more of the same, but this one was designed like none other I've seen. There was a lot of unusual stained glass, very orate ceilings, and the inlaid wood and carvings were unique. The grounds were so big that many families picnicked...

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Europe 2012

Jun 27, 2012 - Museum of Welsh Life

Near the capital city of Wales, Cardiff, is one of Europe's foremost open air museums: St. Fagan's National History Museum, named the Museum of Welsh Life. We had 4 hours to see the late 16th century manor house and its many lovely gardens plus 40 original Welsh buildings moved in from various parts of Wales. All this was in a 100-acre parkland so it felt like an old village with trees and animals grazing. We really enjoyed our visit here and our lunch in the quaint tea room where I had traditional Welsh rarebit (very good!). The rain held...

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