Last night I was invited along to the launch party (as well as a little snoop around the rooms) of Hotel Indigo; a brand new boutique hotel that’s opened up right in the heart of city centre, just off Queen Street. Not only was it fab night with live music and fancy grub (courtesy of the rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse), but the hotel itself is stunning (it’s a blogger’s dream!), with little nods to Welsh culture, language and history are dotted throughout the reception area and the rooms. Such a cool place to stay if you’re up for a weekend away in the Welsh Capital! 🙂
If you’re on Queen Street, it’s definitely worth taking a turn down old Dominions Arcade to see the new murals and pop into the cosy reception area of Hotel Indigo for a cup of coffee. The walls are covered with Welsh iconography; from framed pictures of corgis, poetry by Dylan Thomas, daffodils, sheep… you name it, it’s up there (…except for a Love Spoon! Get on that pronto tonto, Hotel Indigo! 😉 ). There’s also a few hints at Wales’ past, with the caged canary and lit mining helmets behind the front desk a little tribute to King Coal.
After last year’s visit to Isle of Fire I had high expectations for this year’s event (it’s definitely become one of those must-see things on my Around Cardiff Calendar), and honestly? I was a little unsure when we did our usual walk over the cliffs from Jackson Bay and found the promenade completely empty – as last year that seemed to be where all the fire sculptures and entertainment was. This year it had all been moved up onto the gardens and around the old band stand, and even though the fire sculptures were just as cool as last year it wasn’t quite as magical. The entertainment though, as always, was fantastic!
We went hoping to see the light drummers from last year but this year’s headline act was Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – an ecclectic New Orleans Jazz Band dressed like Sergeant Pepper who played all the old 90s Club Classics like Rhythm is Dancer. They were awesome, and definitely sax-ed up this Isle of Fire. 😉
Did you see this year’s Isle of Fire? What did you think?
How amazing was the atmosphere in Cardiff over the weekend? It has to be said, I’m not football’s biggest fan (I tend to eyeroll every time Sunny demands that I “watch this amazing goal!”) – but I can appreciate the buzz it creates when a big match comes to town. On Saturday afternoon we walked across the barrage to the fanzone down The Bay and had so much fun mingling with the fans and enjoying the pre-game atmosphere 🙂 (Bungle had the most fun, he was a big hit with the Juventus fans..!)
I’m still not a football fan, but proud of the city and everyone involved in putting on a great event 🙂
I love those long summer days when you spend the day whole day out in the sun and then stay out long after it sets. Saturday was one of those days – definitely my favourite so far this summer. In the evening we went down to Barry Island to see the return of Isle of Fire; the promenade was transformed with fire sculptures – including a giant, flaming cauldron (very sospan fawr) – lit torches, music and entertainment. 🙂
Hands down one of my favourite things about summer is going to the International Food Festival in Cardiff Bay. I’m not saying that I salivate for it every year and starve myself the day before hand to make room for all the food… but yeah, I kinda do. Going to this year’s festival was extra special; not only was it my first back living in the ‘Diff, but it was also my Mum’s birthday – which meant we could be extra indulgent. Not that it’s difficult, with the smell of barbecue, paella, burgers, sausages and welsh cakes griddling away being conveniently wafted in your directions by the wind coming in off the Bay, you just can’t help yourself! 😉
Also worth a look while you’re around; Gilly’s, whose Apple Balsamic Vinegar is off the charts lush, and also – a firm favourite with my brother and I ever since we were kids – The Fudge Box. Speaking of which, I’m off to sit in front of the telly with my box of fudge and a cup of tea. Hwyl! 🙂