08.06.2015 - 08.06.2015
Ooo a bit tired from yesterday so a sleep in until 830 just happened.
We threw some breaky down, went out with a trusty map, passed the pretend steamboat funnels and smoke stack at the front of the hotel and legged it to town. We used the bike path, on foot, and managed to see the closed sign, again, in the Antiques store we saw 2 years ago! I suspect the excess baggage men are refusing us entry! It apparently is open on Thursday, so maybe we'll get in there eventually. There are floors and floors of....we don't know what yet.
A quick stop off at the train station to collect our tickets for Fridays journey out if Cardiff and to check if the trains will be running tomorrow for Jenny to catch from Cheltenham to Cardiff for our Girls Day Out, Yes! Got tickets and trains are all go for tomorrow.
Then to leg it around the city and pass those sites familiar from our last trip here and to note changes. Rob booked for a haircut and I mosied while he was busy. I upset him by buying a smelly bath thing from Lush for a relaxing bath later..... He made a few derogatory comments about me offending most of Wales with the 'smell 'coming out of my handbag.....Great, that means a quiet bath soak as he won't come near the smell!...such a bloke!
We purchased a couple of cold drinks and sat in the mall people watching for a little bit. The contrast between Lerwick and Cardiff would fill a book. One arcade is as big as Lerwick's main street, and almost as wide. People are noisier in Wales, grafitti and rubbish can be seen around the city centre. Welsh though are as patriotic, they love Wales.
Did you know you can buy Doom by the Bucket? Rob's sense of humour drew him into a game shop where a display showed a game titled "Bucket of Doom ". Looks as though it will be for dessert at our next dinner with the kids when we get home as we are the proud owners now of our very own bucket of doom!... you can only imagine!!
We boarded The Princess Katharine at Bute Park and sailed to Cardiff Bay at 2:30. While waiting, we talked for a little while with a young girl, probably about Ally's age. She'd done quite a bit of travelling around Australia, been to New Zealand and when she returned to England she relocated from East Midlands where her family were to Bristol to a new job. She works for the train system so was taking advantage of the free travel to see around Cardiff. She seemed so gentle and friendly, seeking company. We almost invited her to join us! Rob, however was due to register for his conference so she went off to discover the Bay, following some of our recommendations of worthwhile things to see, Bute Castle, Roald Dahl's exhibition, Dr Who centre......
The walk back to our hotel from The Wales Millenium Centre went through the Red Dragon Complex where The Cadwalder begged us to stop for coffee in their comfy leather seats, so we obliged.
Between making a dinner reservation at the steak house across the road from the hotel, to arriving for dinner we chilled a bit, and unwound.
So I am now off to smell out the bathroom and read a book, while Rob lays on the bed probably with tissues up his nose and avoid blowing up games of Minesweeper on his ipad.
The jury is out yet as to whether we will hire a car and go driving on Thursday. If Rob considers some sessions of the conference are not relevant, boring...... he'll play hookey and we'll play elsewhere!