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Old June 15th, 2006, 11:10 AM   #1
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A sunny morning in Cardiff, Wales

I woke up early this morning and as it looked such a beautiful day outside I decided to go for a cycle and take some pics as I knew you folks would appreciate it.


The beautiful Cathedral. A very ancient building but massively restored in the 19th Century


Cardiff has the largest area of city centre park in any UK city. They stretch from the castle which you can see in this picture, right out into the countryside, following the course of the river Taff


The Norman Keep of the Castle - The oldest building in the city


Three of Cardiff's many Victorian/19th Century Arcades. Apparently the city has more of them than any other in the UK. Theyre really great places for shopping for odd things that you couldnt find on the high street




St. Johns Church in the City Centre. The only surviving medieval building outside the walls of the castle


The city museum


City Hall - The museums neighbour and part of a colection of portlnad stone buildings making up the Civic Centre

Another building in the Civic Centre. This one is the University's school of Planning and Sociology, The Glamorgan Building. It used to be the Glamorgan Councils building and still has a very grand debating chamber inside



Some old cottages just outside the City Centre. The red brick building is Aberdare all female halls of residences





Hope you enjoyed. I'll post a few more of the modern parts of Cardiff later
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I expected no less from the lovely capital of Wales.

Too bad I didn't visit this city when I had the chance long ago, when I was living in the south west of England (Exeter)...

Thanks steppenwolf, these are brilliant pictures...
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Cardiff Bay, or as it was once known. Tiger Bay. Once the seedy but exciting part of the city, full of sailors and immigrants. Now the old community has been rather sidelined to make way for the shiny new monumnets of the opera house (the gold building), the 'Senedd' (Parliament in Welsh) - The building with the long flat roof. And the red brick Pierhead building which once guarded the entrance to the docks.








The castle from the main entrance - with some out of place new portakabin style entrance shack and some quite unnecessary railings.


The Cathedral Green, Llandaff, just outside the city centre. You can see two castles in that picture! Evidence of Wales claim that it has more castles per square mile than any other country in the world!
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One final image. The new parliament building, designed by Richard Rogers (Lloyds of London/ Pompidou Centre) has been made from the most beautiful materials. Welsh Slate slabs are the main external material which is filled with sparkly bits of sparkly gold stuff. Lovely!

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Oh OK! If you insist Here are a couple more and then thats it!

Another nice view of St. Johns church tower, built in the 1500s


My favourite street in the city. Its just an alley really, but its got a windy medieval character, lots of interesting warehouse type buildings and the castle tower peeping up at the end.
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