2011 Hogarths on the move again - to places afar travel blog

part of Cardiff Castle

part of Cardiff Castle

part of Cardiff Castle

part of Cardiff Castle

Ceiling in castle

The library

Painting of Diana at the city hall

Happy birthday to Tick

We catch a bus into the Cardiff city centre and begin our day with a trip around on the hop on/hop off bus. Nice that the commentary is by a real person and not on tape. At least we can ask questions.

The weather takes a turn for the worst – I find a hairdressing training centre and have my hair cut finally – not the best cut but it was the first time the young girl had cut my style, she was very nervous but I told her it all looks the same under a beanie.

We have a late lunch and, with a break in the weather, visit the Cardiff Castle. Our first castle of the trip and quite interesting, particularly the information centre and the history of the Welsh regiments.

From there we take a walk through the parks, view the memorials of the Second World War and the Falklands. We also take a peek at City Hall before they close the doors. An interesting painting of Princess Diana.

We finally catch the bus back to the village called Tongwynlais (please don’t ask me to pronounce it), tea at the local pub and back to the hotel.

Did notice an employment agency today. Most of the wages around 15 – 18,000 pounds per annum (27500 AUD). The petrol here is 2.15 AUD per litre. Clothing about the same as home, fresh fruit seems to be cheaper here. The paper mentioned today that the average electricity bill is 1900 AUD. A pub meal about 12 AUD. No wonder they are all complaining bitterly.

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