I was first introduced to Cardiff through Doctor Who, and then, as an avid fan of Torchwood, I became fascinated by the glimpses of this city, especially the Bay. I finally visited for the first time in 2009, and immediately fell in love. I’ve been back twice since then.
Cardiff has a vibrancy, an energy that simply embraces you. With the winding streets of the city center, the shopping arcades, the gorgeous Cardiff Bay, I found a place that doesn’t feel like a city.
You have to know this about me – I hate big cities. London is a huge exception, and it has always been a love/hate affair with me. I love most things about it, but hate others.
Cardiff was a completely different experience. From the moment I rounded the corner out of the train station and got my first glimpse of the River Taff, with beautiful rowhouses along one side,
and the surprisingly appealing Millennium Stadium on the other, I felt at home.
And wandering simply enforced my first impression.
Cardiff is easy to get to – by train or bus – and easy to get around. You can shop in one of the arcades, each with its own personality. Or stroll through lovely Bute Park, with Cardiff Castle keeping watch over you.
Head over to Cardiff Bay, by bus or the highly recommended water bus, which picks up down the park near Canton Bridge. Here Torchwood fans will recognize one of the entries to the Hub,
in front of the stunning Millennium Centre.
I saw a concert here, with one of my favorite singer/actors, Lee Mead. Gorgeous – and so was the theatre.
Fellow Doctor Who fanatics will adore the Doctor Who Exhibition, in the the Red Dragon Centre just across the street.
I plan to visit again, and again, and enjoy simply being back in Cardiff.
Thanks for coming along, hope you enjoyed it! Here’s another glimpse of my favorite city.
and one of the Bay’s regular residents.
And here’s one more – a bit of quirky fun in one of the shopping arcades. And in front of a church, no less. Yep, a church in the middle of shops. The arcade was built around it. Gotta love the Welsh.
Unfortunately, it is no longer there. But I enjoyed walking past it when it graced the arcade.
I hope you enjoyed my wander through Cardiff – now I want to go back. Soon.
Until next time – read on.
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I was asked to write a post on Fall – anything to do with it – and this is what popped into my mind.
On a crisp, cold Fall day, I fell in love – not with a man, but with a country.
That country is Britain, and for me, there is one word for it. Magical.
It has inspired my stories, my genre (paranormal and fantasy) – and has been my heart home for more than 15 years.
Where else can I stand where Romans have stood, where a wall stretched for 73 miles to define the far border of an empire?
See a play, in a faithful reproduction of Shakespeare’s theatre, not far from where the original stood?
Or walk in the footsteps of a Time Lord, an immortal named Jack, and a secret part of the government known as Torchwood?
Fall has everything I could ever want – Halloween, the scent of smoke and winter in the air, the world around me dressing up for the holidays. I take it in, treasure it, and fall in love with it all over again, every year. To spend that precious time in my favorite country adds a new layer of memories, another way to embrace the season.
For me, love is in the Fall – and it always will be.
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Until next time – read on – and Happy Holidays!