My first surprise was to arrive on a weekday evening and find that the streets were swarming with young people leaving pubs, restaurants, or cinema ! Really bustling ! Signs are in English but also in Welsh. The programs of the BBC TV channels are also different from the English broadcasts. Note that the capital of Wales has fewer than 300,000 inhabitants.
The animal wall leads to the castle.
The tower is beautiful. There is a former keep in the main compound. The dragon is the symbol of Wales.
It is worth seeing ! The interior is superb and the 8 visited rooms have drawn my attention (hence the titi awarded to the city) :
- winter smoking room
- arab room
- banquet room
- Lord Bute's room
- garden on the roof
- small dining room (table with a hole in its center to put a pear tree, useful for taking a fruit after a meal...)
Too bad that pictures are forbidden !
In the courtyard, peacocks and gulls gratify us with their cries.
The neoclassical building is topped by a dragon, symbol of Wales.
It is ideal for a pleasant stroll with Pier Head building, the Norwegian Church (in fact, it is no longer a church), the water column, statues... Let's note that the clock of the Pier Head building is known colloquially as the "Big Ben" of Wales or "baby Big Ben".
It is located outside Cardiff and we can see the reinforced concrete arch crowned by a large aluminum statue of Christ in Majesty. The statue was built by Epstein in the late 1950s, as part of the rebuilding of the cathedral (which had been partially destroyed during the Blitz in World War II).
Museums including Wales National Museum...
Shopping center around Queen Street