Cardiff
August 6, 2011
Mikey's Moments > Cardiff
We spent a couple of days in Cardiff - one at Cardiff Bay and then we went back to explore the castle and shops...
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Anyone who has seen Torchwood will recognize this scene - the Roald Dahl Pass at Cardiff Bay - named after the famous author who was born in Cardiff.


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Here is a view of the Wales Millenium Centre - home to the Welsh National Opera - from the Roald Dahl Pass.


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This is the bustling Mermaid Quay (Welsh: Ceir For-forwyn), which is a waterfront shopping and leisure district in Cardiff Bay.


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Walking around the old docks towards TechniQuest we wondered what everyone was looking at and stopped to see what was happening.


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It turned out there was a game of Kayak Polo being played so we stopped and watched for a while.


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TechniQuest is a hands-on science centre which has been at this location since 1995. This very cool machine draws all sorts of designs similar to the old Spirograph sets.


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Here Anthony, Carina and James are trying to recreate the old super-continent of Pangea which formed about 300 million years ago and started breaking up into the current continents about 200 million years ago.


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An interesting exhibit appears to be Anthony's head! Not sure how they got hold of it or why they put it on display. Anyways Anthony seems to have gotten it back so all is well! :)


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Carina's head was there too...


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Carina had fun in a mini hall of mirrors. Not sure what Anthony is doing though...


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Here is the symbol of Wales - the Red Dragon.


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Here is the Norman Keep in the centre of Cardiff Castle with the Welsh Flag flying proudly. It was constructed about 1091 by Robert Fitzhamon, Lord of Gloucester.


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Here are two unfortunate miscreants who must have been locked in this pillory for some time judging by their very woeful look!


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A view down into the keep from the top of the tower. The keep itself is only a shell these days.


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A cute owl - one of the many birds of prey on display. They are supplied by a falconry service to help keep the many seagulls away from the castle and other local buildings.


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A view of the newer portion of Cardiff Castle. In the 18th century the castle became the property of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, who had mostly unlimited finances and who turned it into what has been called the most successful of all the fantasy castles of the nineteenth century.


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Here is Anthony trying out one of the artillery guns in the castle grounds.


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James and Carina tried it out too...


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The Arab Room in the Herbert Tower is one of Burges's masterpieces and is done in a Moorish style. It is quite breathtaking!


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At the castle gift shop Carina tried out this very fetching mask :)


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After finishing our tour of the castle we headed over the road to explore some shops. So far the weather was holding up and though there were a few dark clouds it was still dry and sunny...


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We headed off down the main Cardiff shopping area - Queen Street and explored the many shopping arcades which branch off it. To Carina's delight we found one of her favourite shops - David and Goliath.
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