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The first time I visited Cardiff I was 14, it was August and south Wales was enjoying the rare pleasure of a heatwave while the rest of Britain had rain. 11 years later I returned to find the weather equally good (it was October so obviously it rained, but only when I was in museums/shops/my bed, the rest of the time it was chilly but glorious) and that Cardiff Bay was no longer a derelict wasteland. I ended up going twice in the last year after my gap of eleven so you get two sets of photos, one from October taken on a rubbish little disposable camera and one set from June taken on my good Canon camera.


Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle (was a ridiculous price, and I didn't have my Historic Scotland card to get a discount, so I didn't go inside)
Cardiff Castle Tower
Close-up of the Tower
Millenium Centre
I headed up to Cardiff Bay to see the changes since last time for myself, but the Rally of Great Britain was on so there were rally cars parked all over the Plas so some of my photos are from slightly random angles.
Ivor Novello
Statue of Ivor Novello
Pierhead Building
The Pierhead Building
Cardiff Bay
I love this view of the bay, it was all derelict last time I stood there.
Norwegian Church
This Norwegian Church and the tourist centre next to it were all that was the same, when we were there before the tourist centre was full of plans and models showing what they had planned for it. It was really strange, in a good way, to see the changes in real life.
fountain
The Fountain! It was fenced off and switched off because of the rally but it still looked rather lovely with the clouds reflecting in it.



Central Station
It still pleases me inordinately that the two stations in the centre of Cardiff are called Central and Queen St, same as in Glasgow.
Hands
Hands that built the city presumably...
Buckets
Buckets
Curls
Curls
Pierhead Building
The view of Roald Dahl Plas and the Pierhead Building from the restruant where I had lunch - probably my favourite view from a restruant ever
Doorway
Pierhead Entrance
Tower
The Tower
Turret
Turret with little dragon gargoyles
Stairs
Inside
Stair Pillar
Beautiful Tiling
Lovely tiling.
Welsh Assembly Building
The Welsh Assembly Building
Curves
The strangely beautiful ceiling of the Welsh Assembly Building
View
View of Cardiff Bay from inside the Welsh Assembly Building
Cardiff Bay 2
Looking out at the Bay
Cardiff Bay
Statue Couple
Along with the Norwegian Church in the background this pair of statues is one of the few things not to have changed since the first time I visited.
Clock Tower
A very strange clock tower
Ship Ahoy!
Ship Ahoy!

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Date: 2010-09-19 03:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adabsolutely
Thanks for sharing your photos with us, they're great! I visited Cardiff once, maybe nine years ago...makes me want to visit again.

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Date: 2010-09-19 07:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] draigwen
The castle, though expensive, is well worth it (assuming you go for the tour). Inside the castle is amazing. We try to go back every few years because you get a slightly different tour each time.

Love the photos - particularly the one of the assembly roof!

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Date: 2010-10-02 05:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] draigwen
Yeah, I think it's definitely cheaper not to do the tour, but the tour is by far the best bit!

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Date: 2010-09-19 08:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rainbow
Lovely, lovely photos, and thank you for sharing them!

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Date: 2010-09-19 08:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rat
What [personal profile] draigwen said. The castle tour is worth the money - the arabian room (image courtesy of wikipedia) and the summer smoking room are particularly awesome.

The outside of the clock tower just gives an impression of what you'd be in for :)

William Burgess was the architect/designer responsible and was quite a wacky chappy. If you've never been to Castell Coch, head there too - it's another of his works and is in a very similar feel to that of Cardiff Castle.


Castell Coch

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Date: 2010-10-02 05:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] draigwen
It is a bit of a fairy-tale castle. Long walk to get to it though...

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Date: 2010-10-06 06:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rat
Can catch a bus from Cardiff to Tongwynlais, then it's not a huge walk :P

Or rent/bring a cycle - the Taff trail is a cycle path as well as a walk - fairly scenic too..

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Date: 2010-09-20 08:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shiny_crystal
I just subscribed to this community and saw this wonderful picture post - thank you for sharing! I spent a week in Cardiff in April and fell heads over heels in love with the city. Seeing all these pictures makes me want to go again even more! :) And I agree with the above comments, the Castle is well worth the money ;)

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Date: 2010-10-02 03:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] morwencath
Thanks so much for sharing these lovely pictures. I have had the pleasure of visiting Cardiff and Wales 4 times since the fall of 2008. Cardiff and the Bay in particular are some of my most favorite places to stay/visit when I am there.

I hope to visit again someday but in the meantime pictures like these help keep me satisfied until I make it there again.

Diolch yn fawr!

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