It’s that time of year when practically every other weekend is a Bank Holiday – which is amazing, but sometimes I do wonder why they’re all shoved together during April, May and June rather than being spread out over the whole year. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a couple in October and November, and January? (ugh, January) I mean, obviously they wouldn’t be for sunning yourself in a beer garden or on a beach (or down The Bay, as us Cardiff lot tend to do) – but for curling up in bed and on the sofa and watching TV and just vegging out… A Great British Bingewatch Bank Holiday. Think about it. Maybe I should start a petition or something…
Anyway, I didn’t spend last Bank Holiday weekend binge watching, I spent it walking nine miles around Cardiff Bay and Bute Park and back again. The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was nice to get out and be a bit of a tourist in my hometown with my favorite people… and dog. 🙂
You know the drill, I’ve done the barrage walk to Cardiff Bay about a zillion times. We usually park up in Penarth Heights and then walk down the hill past the Custom House, across the barrage and into The Bay. We always have a pitstop in Coffi Co in Mermaid Quay because they’re dog friendly and serve up the most incredible hot chocolates. This time I went for their After Eight one… 🙂
So, the plan was to catch the Aqua Bus from The Bay to Bute Park, but someone was too busy swigging on their hot chocolate and we missed it (naming no names, but it was me, obviously…). So we walked there instead. I’d always thought it was a bit of a trek, but actually, it only took about twenty minutes – and we saw a few buildings and corners of the capital that I’ve never seen before.
…Some better than others. There’s been a massive surge in student accommodation blocks popping up in and around the town centre and – while I get that accommodation is needed – I don’t get why it has to be so damned ugly. I mean, the new Zenith building looks straight out of the Eastern Bloc. Who the hell in the planning department is signing off on these???
Next we had a lovely stroll around Bute Park – which is beautiful any time of the year, but definitely at its best during the Spring and Summer when all the blossom and flowers are out and everyone’s either barbecuing or sun bathing on the lawn.
Finally, we hopped on the Aqua Bus to head back to The Bay. Poor Bungle was absolutely knackered; it’s the longest walk he’s done in a while! If you’re in Cardiff then it’s definitely something to tick off your list of things to do; the boat heads down the River Taff from Bute Park and out into Cardiff Bay, finally docking up in Mermaid Quay. It sails right past the Principality Stadium (although, I think you’d get a better view of it if you did the trip in reverse) and there’s a voice over telling you all about the history of Cardiff and the docks, as well as a few interesting facts.
Back in The Bay we stumbled on a Welsh Armed Forced event – with the Royal Welsh band playing. I don’t think you can claim to be a Cardiff resident until you spot their mascot – Goat Fusilier Shenkin IV – out and about! He’s a bit of a legend.
Have a lovely weekend! 🙂