Saturday, 14 January 2012

CARDIFF - and a day trip to Bath.

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Reading up on Cardiff has got me pretty excited to see where Soph and George are living and I have made a list of what I would like to see and do there.
I would like to do this walk - which is the walk to Penarth Head along barrage coast path.

Other things I would like to do:

Go to these shopping areas:

Royal arcade
Queens arcade
St David's Dewi sant

Mermaid quay - I would like to go to Fabulous welshcakes where they make welshcakes -whatever they are, but they also have Welsh souvenirs.
I definitely want to sample a welsh rarebit!

The cafe quarter sounds interesting at Mill Lane.

Of course we need to see the castle and Millenium Stadium!

There are markets too - we won't be there for the Sunday Farmers markets but the other permanent ones look good.

Restaurants such as Jamie's Italian and all the restaurant quarter within St David's.

Mimosa Kitchen and bar at Cardiff Bay.

Butchers Arms - a nice sounding pub.

Bangkok cafe.

The newest restaurant - The Social.

One of the days in Cardiff we are going to go and visit Bath. I have been there before but that was in about 1981 or 1982.

We will catch the train there. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Roman Baths, Bath

Parisien Cafe at Milsom Place
Parisien cafe at Milsom Place.


Royal Crescent

Royal CrescentThe Royal Crescent is one of the world’s architectural masterpieces designed by John Wood the younger. This elegant Georgian crescent overlooks Royal Victoria Park - the perfect place to stop and enjoy a picnic with the beautiful Royal Crescent as your backdrop.


CircusA short walk from the Royal Crescent is the Circus. The Circus is an example of Bath's striking Georgian architecture with fine detailed Bath stone carvings built in the eighteenth century and designed by John Wood the elder.

Bath Abbey

Bath AbbeyIn the heart of the city next to the Roman Baths is the splendid Bath Abbey, a fifteenth century medieval church. The Abbey is the last of the great medieval churches of England and has remarkable carved frontage and amazing fan vaulting.

Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney BridgePulteney Bridge is one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world and is one of only a handful of historic bridges which has shops built into it. It is best viewed from the nearby beautiful Parade Gardens. Take a walk over Pulteney Bridge towards the Holburne Museum and walk down Great Pulteney Street. Here you will see a fine example of Bath’s grand Georgian terraces in one of the most splendid streets in Bath.

 View of the city

View of Bath

From Alexandra Park, situated at the top of Beeches Cliff on the outskirts of Bath, you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the city. Or, for just £5 you can climb 212 steps to the top of the Bath Abbey Tower and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views. Alternatively, relax and unwind in Thermae Bath Spa’s rooftop pool and take in the views across Bath’s rooftops while bathing in natural thermal waters.

Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum -

Sally Lunn's is one of the oldest houses in Bath (c.1482) and serves the most famous local delicacy; the Original 'Sally Lunn' Bun.

There are about 9 pubs in bath.  The Pig and Fiddle sounds great. I would like to have a nice pub lunch in Bath.

And then of course there's shopping - The city centre is compact and easily walkable with grand Georgian streets and small picturesque passageways to explore. Don't miss Milsom Street in Bath voted 'Britain's Best Fashion Street' in the Google Street View Awards 2010.

Also visit Central area and Upper town, Southgate (newest shopping area) and Artisan Quarter full of quirky shops - craft and pottery.

Sophie will definitely want to visit the Fashion museum.

In Upper town there is Bartlett Street / Margaret's Buildings / Saville Row. A short walk up from Milsom Street takes you to Bartlett Street and Saville Row. Head further up town towards the Royal Crescent and discover Margaret's Buildings, a charming pedestrianised lane tucked away between the Royal Crescent and the Circus. These hidden gems offer a fantastic mix of irresistible boutiques, galleries and antique shops for you to explore.

If we manage to see all that I'll be happy :)

Then it's back to Cardiff.

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