Sunday, 22 July 2012

Cardiff

We had a lovely sunny weekend in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It is mainly a fairly young city from the Victorian age as it was a coal port. The bay area has been redeveloped over the last 15 years or so with some great modern architecture.
The national museum was really good with both an archeological/historical origins of wales section and a well curated fine art collection. They have the largest collection of impressionist paintings outside of Paris apparently. The welsh landscape section made me understand where NSW got its name.
We enjoyed walking along the parks and river Taff pathways as well as through the covered arcades with their little interesting shops.
The bay now has wetlands with swans and other bird life and some fantastic public buildings(plus shopping and dining district). My favorite was their parliament building with its central stem carrying light down into the central meeting chamber.

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