Following our son’s accident back in February, I decided to stay on in the UK for a month or two to help out, as and when required, during his convalescence. Our dear friend Kay very kindly offered me board and lodging at her house in Cardiff.
I have come to love the city of Cardiff, I suppose it is because as well as being part Italian, I also have Welsh blood running through my veins – from my father’s side of the family. Well, my maiden name Davies couldn’t really be more Welsh !!!
Cardiff became great during the grand age of Coal, when the Marquis of Bute built a large port and docks for the export of coal hewn from the Welsh Valleys. Sadly a hundred years or so further down the line, the need for coal sharply diminished, causing the dockland areas of Cardiff to fall into a deep decline.
However a few decades ago an ambitious plan was drawn up to regenerate and transform the derelict areas which included the construction of a Barrage across the mouth of Cardiff Bay and the creation of a new waterfront area. This area is now known as Mermaid Quay and has an array of inviting restaurants, cafés and bars.
This is the Pierhead Building ……
Nearby is the Wales Millennium Centre …..
The centre of the capital is bustling with several modern shopping centres.
This is the new Library building.
More of Cardiff’s notable landmarks include ……
The City Hall and Museum
Yet within the city there are many parks and green spaces such as Bute Park, Cathays Park and Roath Park with its Boating Lake.
All in all there is so much to explore in the vibrant, multicultural city of Cardiff.
During March was the 2012 6 Nations Rugby Tournament and I had the pleasure of being in Wales when the Welsh Team Won !!!
Bravo Wales !!!
My Rugby Mad Welsh “Daft Daffy” friends in their suitable attire !!!
This summer the Cardiff Millennium Stadium will yet again be in the forefront as it is hosting 11 Olympic football matches.
Cardiff, Wales – “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” – “The Land of My Fathers”
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