Once again it was breakfast with the ladies. Always a good way to start the day with some females.
To my joy, a few were talking about going on a walking tour. I ventured that I too was taking the same tour.
One of the prettiest gals smiled and said she’d follow me over to where the meetup place as she has, ‘a hard time with directions.’
Soon a couple other ladies overheard us talking about the walking tour and also agreed to follow me.
“We’re following him, he looks like he knows where he is going,” one ventured. I’m sure I turned red, that is pretty much 1 phrase out of a handful I aim to hear but rarely do.
To say the tour was close and easy to find would be an understatement. Not to discredit my skills nor my features that indicate my locational knowledge.
Look for the red umbrella held by someone near a fountain a couple of blocks away.
Our guide was a nice Welshman which a thick, unique accent. He had really good diction and smiled a lot.
He also knew quite a lot about Cahr-diff, that’s how he said it.
We made our way on busker’s avenue as he pointed out a castle, garden and other points of interest.
We soon arrived at Cardiff castle, which we weren’t going into but he said it is worth it, to the tourist board. It costs more than it is worth was his official opinion.
“If you enjoy castles, there are better ones outside Cahr-diff. I recommend those over this one in town.” he said.
While I do enjoy traveling, I don’t enjoy looking like a tourist. Map or phone out, camera always taking pics, etc.
I likely could’ve taken over 1000 pics in each location I went to, but I didn’t. I set a goal for my trip, 1 new pic a day for Instagram.
This is actually a very good goal to have when not traveling. If you are in the habit of looking out for anything odd, interesting or otherwise, you will find cool things to take a pic of wherever you live.
We were near the park I had been at the day before. I’d noticed a few animal statues along the wall but didn’t know the full story. Plus there were a lot of them and I didn’t want to out myself as a tourist.
Turns out a wealthy person originally wanted the castle’s grounds to house a zoo. The city was not into this idea as they felt the animals would get out and terrorize people.
To flip his nose at this decision, he commissioned several stone animals to adorn the wall of the grounds, with the animals posed as if they were escaping.
There are dozens now but the originals all have amber eyes for that extra menacing feel.
Here are the original stone animals as they make it over the wall.
Here’s a side view of the castle.
We made our way down to the port area which was a pretty long walk considering how many of us there were as well as the fact that there wasn’t anything he pointed out on the walk.
Our guide popped into a bakery for pice bach, welshcakes, a national treat. It is very scone like and everyone’s grandma filled them with different fruits.
The one thing he brought up a few times on the tour was the fact that Wales is not on the UK flag though they are most definitely in the United Kingdom.
What I didn’t realize is the Union Jack is actually the flags of England, Ireland and Scotland. How often do you wonder about another nation’s flag?
Here is England’s flag, St George’s cross
Here is Ireland’s flag, St Patrick’s cross
Here’s Scotland’s Flag, St Andrew’s cross
Here’s the UK flag, the ole Union Jack, which clearly is just all 3 crosses laid on top of each other.
Here’s Wales flag, Y Ddraig Goch or the red dragon
What the hell England?! The official reason for the lack of a red dragon on the Union Jack is that technically, the relationship between England and Wales is so old they lump it in with St George’s cross….
That’s some medieval bullshit! England, you have a chance to put a dragon on something official and you don’t do it!?
He then shares the story of how the red dragon came to be. Centuries ago, King Vortigen tries to build a castle but every day whatever they built is knocked down overnight.
The king consults his staff who advise him to find a fatherless boy in the kingdom and sacrifice him. They find a boy who may or not have grown to become Merlin.
He learns he is to be sacrificed and explains to everyone what is really going on: underground there are 2 dragons fighting, red and white. Just dig them out and you can build your castle.
The king does this, the 2 dragons fight and red wins! The boy explains the white dragon represents the Saxons, the red dragon is Vorigen’s people, aka future Welsh.
Our tour concluded near the port where there was some sort of obstacle course being run. I lingered and watched several people struggle to get up a steep ramp.
An early start coupled with a long walk meant a short nap was in order. It is funny since I didn’t have a job, I tended to sleep a couple of times a day. Maybe the idea of a mid afternoon siesta isn’t lazy but smart?
After rising, I seek out Pieminister once again. Lamb pie tonight, good and hot!
Then it is on to a new pub, Tiny Rebel, a small, newish Welsh brewery.
Their beers are fantastic! The pub is very cool too. I’d recommend a stop here even if you aren’t a beer fan.
A great day in Cardiff!
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