Well we have had an amazing day! We didn't have a super early start but when we got going we had a lovely walk in Bute Park which is straight across the road from our hotel. It is such a gorgeous park with the Tafe River running through it and the famous Cardiff Castle dominates the area. There was a huge queue to get into the castle so we decided to do that tomorrow morning and wandered into the city for some breakfast/lunch. We fell upon an inviting cosy little place called Garlands which was in a little arcade and it had a fabulous atmosphere with candles burning and arty items and images displayed on the walls. Just perfect!
We then kept wandering around the city and I came across some neat Vintage shops and I simply couldn't resist taking a look, not that Andrew was very impressed! I dragged him in though and ended up picking up a couple of neat bargains! We also came across a Pandora store and I decided to buy a wee castle charm as a memory of our weekend. I love it!
There was a rally driving simulator machine set up in the middle of town which looked like fun so we had a ride on this which threw us around a bit and got our adrenalin pumping! We were smiling and laughing the whole time and it was a bit of a laugh!
We headed back to the hotel and dropped a few bits off then decided to hop on a boat cruise from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay. It was a lovely trip and was a nice way to see the city from a different perspective. When we got to Cardiff Bay we wandered around and saw some of the famous landmarks such as Pierhead, Y Senedd (National Assembly of Wales), Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millenium Centre. We came across a cute little craft market too which of course I was very interested in. It's so great when you just fall upon things like this!
We walked through the small little streets filled with shops and restaurants and came across a wine bar called La Cha Cha so decided to have a drink and some nibbles. The olives were to die for! The tables were made from big barrels and wine glasses hung around the light fittings along the bar so they resembled chandeliers which was very effective. Fabulous atmosphere too!
It was starting to get colder and darker now so we hopped on a bus back to the centre of town and headed back to the hotel to chill out for a bit. We had booked a table at Pica Pica which was the Tapas Bar we wanted to try out. We ordered some wine and we waited well over half an hour before we were even given a menu to look at. It was super busy because of a big Rugby game at The Millennium Stadium that afternoon, which is directly opposite, so I suppose it was understandable but we were not very impressed! It was now nearly 9pm and the food would have been quite some time so we ended up telling the Waiter that we wouldn't bother. We had some nibbles back at the hotel and we were both not very hungry by now anyway. On a plus side we didn't have to pay for the wine so it ended up being a cheap night out! They were very apologetic and because we liked the look of the menu and wanted to give this place a go we booked for tomorrow evening. It was a big day and I'm pretty sure once our heads hit the pillow we will sleep like logs!