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Cardiff: A Very Nice National Capital !
Cardiff in General
Member Name: will-owl
Cardiff in General
Date: 19/07/01, updated on 17/05/03 (419 review reads)
Advantages: Nice architecture, Great shopping, Nice Food
Disadvantages: The weather
Cardiff,the national capital of Wales is a very pleasant and interesting city to visit. My father took me on holiday and we stayed at the gorgeous Angel Hotel,which is bang slap in the centre of the city ovelooking the Castle.
The Welsh capital has a romantic castle right in the centre of the city,,a brand new Millennium Stadium,where the recent World Rugby cup final was held, superb art galleries,museums and outstanding shopping facilities.
The National Museum and Gallery is a great treasure trove with its first-rate collection of Impressionist paintings.
Shopping facilities in Cardiff comprise a mix of branches of high street multiples,department stores, and speciality shops and stalls in some six attractive Victorian arcades.
I really enjoyed browsing in the shopping complexes and in the very attractive arcades;unfortunately,my father-like most men I suppose-soon got bored and went off for an afternoon cup of coffee.
These arcades are a lovely feature of the Castle Quarter and have a very special charm and atmosphere,complementing the modern shopping areas.Not for nothing did Cardiff win an award as the best shopping centre in BritainFrankly I am not surprised and I rate it as the best shopping centre in UK ,outside of London,although I havent been to all the cities in UK.
This thoroughly cosmopolitan city,which enshrines Welsh culture,was for a long period of time the largest coal exporting port in the world.
As an important port Cardiff naturally attracted large numbers of immigrants many of whom,it seems, settled in the Tiger Bay area of the Welsh capital.Now the area in and around Cardiff Bay is being rejuvenated with new spa hotels,up -market residential properties and eateries and a fascinating,interactive science centre known as Technoquest.
As the national of Wales,Cardiff is home to the Welsh Assembly and this city has one of the finest and
most elegant civic centres anywhere in the United Kingdom. Built of
white Portland stone at the turn of the century it is elegance personified.
Cardiff also seemingly has more green space per head of population than any other city in Western Europe.Roath Park,for instance,is a verdant green lung very close to the city.,and has lovely rose gardens,boating lake and a lighthouse memorial to Captain Robert Scott of the ill-fated Antarctic expedition.
Another characteristic of the Welsh capital just has to be its colourful,multi-ethnic,population.This famous old historic port city,now undergoing massive re-development,houses sizeable communities of Irish,Indians,WestIndians,Portuguese,Italians,Arab s and Chinese and , I guess,expatriate Englishmen.
The cosmopolitan nature of Cardiff is displayed in the wide assortment of ethnic cuisines available in town.The Mill Lane area of the city houses many good eateries and when the weather is fine you can dine al fresco in some of them.
This cosmopolitan,attractive, city also happens to be a excellent base for exploring the attractive South Wales coastline .Seaside resorts such as Penarth ,Porthcawl and Barry,the Valleys and the hilly Brecon Beacons,are all within easy reach.Further away is the delightful Gower Peninsular and the birthplace of the famous Welsh poet,Dylan Thomas.Do try and visit Cardiff if you have yet to do so-I think you will be surprised just how nice it is !
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