Friday, October 14, 2011

Wales

Everyone's travel adventures inspired me to go re-visit some vacay photos and talk about some of the places we visited. Let me first explain that our trip overseas was to see family. And friends. Then we work in a few sight-seeing opportunities. But this was the 20th Anniversary tour, so we did do a couple of extra-special things.

One of the places we loved best this trip was Cardiff, Wales. What a happening little city! Very vibrant and youthful. A cafe-society vibe during the day; pub culture early evening; interesting restaurants that we would love to try.  And I hear about exciting nightclubbing in the late evenings. We didn't do any of the latter.  Nor did we bother to visit the local castle or nearby castles.  We had intended to go out to explore the countryside.  But we loved Cardiff so much, we just hung around!

This is the main road leading down from the castle. 
And here is where we hung out on this street:
The Goat Major pub.  Very old-style pub.  Someone was in pub heaven.
The Goat Major has to do with the Welsh Guards.  During the Boar  (?) War, the Afghans gave the regiment a goat.  But it wouldn't shut up that night.  Kept bleating and bleating and woke up the soldiers.  Who then discovered that the Russians were coming.  So credit was given to the goat for saving their lives.  Queen Victoria heard about it and invited the goat to the palace.  She decreed that forevermore, a goat shall be the mascot of the Welsh Guards.
And the name of a cool pub in Cardiff.


And where else are you going to get the opportunity to buy these things?  Ahem.
More of the trip soon. 



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9 comments:

moi said...

As much as I love this country, few of our cities get it right in terms of what you said makes Cardiff so great: A cafe-society vibe during the day; pub culture early evening; interesting restaurants . . . exciting nightclubbing in the late evenings.

Wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Thanks, Moi, and that doesn't even take in the wonderful harbor area, new world class sports stadium (Millenium arena), exquisite shopping and that we actually met an online friend while we were there!

fishy said...

Sooo happy you shared. I have never been to Wales but hope to do England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland one year. it sounds like the Welsh have a good formula for enjoying life while keeping the local businesses thriving. We could take some lessons. But .... do I have to learn how to down a pint of stout?

♥●• İzdiher •●♥ said...

What a beautiful place.You lucky to be there .

Follow each other .

Pam said...

Fishy, nope, no need to learn to drink Stout, but that is always a useful skill to have. This is a very up-to-the-minute kind of place (we felt), and everything is available! I'd love to go back and explore more of the countryside too.

Izzy?: Thanks for stopping by!

Buzz Kill said...

I would so go into a place called The Goat Major. If for no other reason than because the Mrs wouldn't. I'll bet they had decent food too.

Aunty Belle said...

oh my! would love love to see Wales. So much history from small area.

Do you read the Brother Cadfael mystery series? charmin'--an' set in Wales in 12thc century. Love 'em.

as fer PR...heh. Jes' stop by
Ether Capacious an' see some REAL fashion!!
http://ethercapacious.blogspot.com/

How's our Caleb now that his mommy is cuddlin' him full time?

Aunty Belle said...

oh, an' I think it is Boer War--an' I wuz charmed by the Queenie who's smart enough to see the wisdom in makin' the hero goat an emblem Very wise.

Pam said...

Buzzy, the Goat Major is a wonderful pub! Very old-school style pub, like stepping back into history. I bet your Mrs. would like it there, anyone would!

Auntie: I have not read but one or two of the Brother Cadfael series, but have seen many of the episodes on PBS. Mysteries, history, monks and more ... fabulous. I am very taken with this part of the world, hope to get back. And hopefully my sister can figure out whether my grandfather's family were Welch.