Our last night in Wales was at the epic metropolis of Barry (*insert crowd cheering here*).
Oddly enough, Barry received probably it's first and only publicity in Australia only the week before, as it just happens to be the birthplace of new Australian PM, razor nose Julia Gillard. Most people in the UK seem to know it more so because it is home to filming for comedy series Gavin and Stacey.
Only twenty minutes or so from Cardiff, it is more like an outer suburb than separate town, but fortunately was much nicer than the capital.
We visited two of the local beaches, one very steep stone beach and one sandy one, the latter located off the amusement parlour haven of Barry Island. After neglecting the opportunity in Cardiff, we also tried Welsh Cakes for the first time and were immediately hooked. We came the the conclusion they are basically slightly cooked, very buttery cake dough with raisins, not bad not bad not bad.
Being a sleepy Sunday in Barry, we arrived at our B&B accommodation to find we were the only people booked for the night in the 3 story mansion. As nice as it was there was little time to enjoy it, with a 6am cab to the airport and flight to Ireland in store.