We decided to have a bit of sleep in because we were both very tired and our check into the hotel in Cardiff wasn't until 2pm. We got to Paddington station and discovered that trains weren't running like normal due to it being a public holiday and annoyingly there was no information about this on the website when we had looked at what train we would catch earlier. It didn't matter too much but we had to wait a little longer and because of line maintenance our journey took about an hour longer. We left at 1.27pm and arrived in Cardiff at about 5pm. It was still daylight though and we easily found our way to 'The Holiday Inn' which was where we were staying. We are right in the centre of the city and can see Cardiff Castle from our hotel window which is very cool!
We had a couple of very loud guys opposite us on the train who were talking about food and wine and it appeared that they were in that line of business but they were complaining and obnoxious which wasn't very nice at all. Andrew and I were seriously considering moving to a different seat at one point but we hung in there and they ended up calming down and one of them falling asleep even after a few too many wines so that was good. It was so nice to travel in First Class because we had our own table to ourselves, plenty of leg room and comfy seats. Our tickets were free because of the horrible train trip we had back from Gloucestershire when we were with Mum and John in the Cotswolds and there was really bad flooding. We could get used to this!
Anyway when we arrived at the hotel we threw our bags in our room and headed out for a wander and sussed out where we wanted to head back for dinner. We found a neat little cheap and cheerful Thai restaurant on our way back home so popped in and booked a table. We freshened up back at the hotel before heading out again and we were very impressed by the choice we had made. We had finished our meals and were sorting out the bill when ironically the guys from the train walked in! After chatting with the Waitress she told us that they owned the restaurant and another Tapas Bar nearby that we had thought we would try another night. They recognised us and came and chatted to us and even ordered a couple of shots for us which they presented on our table and golly they were pretty potent! It was a lovely first night in an exciting new City we are about to explore!