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In These Stones Horizons Sing

Two half-days in Cardiff



We spent an afternoon and morning in Cardiff, with a day trip to St. David’s in between. The weather was spectacular the entire time - sunny and in the 70s Fahrenheit.

Our planned itinerary for Wednesday afternoon in Cardiff included Cardiff Castle and city center. As it turned out, we were much too tired to go far beyond the immediate neighborhood of our hotel, voco St. David. The nearby area is called Mermaid Quay, with the Roald Dahl Plass and Millenium Centre in the same area.

From the hotel we walked along the piers and came to The Dock restaurant, which is owned by Brains Brewery (I don’t know why they odd name). We had not eaten since the plane and we were starving. We tried the Brains Black beer, a stout that was merely OK to me - smooth but no distinctive flavor. Lunch was good, though. I had small plates: halloumi fries (these are on a lot of menus), bruschetta, and crab cakes. My husband had fish and chips, which were a revelation. The batter was really crispy and the fish was delicious.

Then we walked through Roald Dahl Plass and stared at the gold-faced Millenium Centre with the saying, in Welsh and English, “In these stones horizons sing.”

We stopped in at the Portmeirion gift shop at the Millenium Centre. We had already decided not to buy too many souvenirs for lack of luggage space to bring them back. But my husband (whose ancestry is Welsh) couldn’t resist a coffee cup with a Welsh dragon, and I had to get some Welsh sea salt. There was a good selection of Roald Dahl items, some seaweed condiments, soaps, and jewelry. I enjoyed just looking around.

On the way back to the hotel, we met an amazing aroma that drew us into Fabulous Welshcakes. I’d never had one - it is a shortbread type cookie with raisin in the traditional type and other additions (this day it was hazelnut). They were so good - buttery and delicious. We went back the morning before we left town and bought 2 boxes for later!

I went for a nice walk in a wetland reserve in the area.

Before we left Cardiff on Friday, we walked through Mermaid Quay again and bought our boxes of Welsh cakes. Then it was a taxi to the train station and off to the next stage of our adventure.

We never did get to the castle. Maybe next time!

Posted by TravelingWriter 13:29 Archived in Wales

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