Monday, April 8, 2019

Mermaid Quay & St. Fagans Museum @ Wales Attractions

This is my 2nd and final post for Wales as it was a short but eye opening trip for me. It was my dream to see, feel and breathe the Welsh air besides drinking the pure sweet mineral water in Wales. I also had the chance to hear the Welsh dialect slangs in between the English being spoken by the staff at the Holiday Inn Cardiff and a restaurant. The 2 full days were not enough and I would love to return to Wales and explore other exotic places.



We stayed at Holiday Inn because of its central location within minutes walk to the Railway Station, Cardiff Stadium and the historical Castle. This is the best hotel for its location and very fabulous breakfast buffet spread that earned so many 5 Star ratings by the hotel guests. Sedap giler! Sorry no photos.



This Cardiff Stadium is famous for their rugby matches which has the biggest sports followers here.




I love the river banks of the stadium that overlooks the traditional Welsh homes. I was told that many foreign immigrants live there.



This red bus is so eye catching with their Welsh Dragon icon.



This is the traditional Welsh Cakes. It was freshly baked and so nice to eat them right away. The taste was familiar and reminded me of the English Scones. So this Welsh Cakes are just like smashed to flatten scones. Perfect to enjoy with coffee!



At night fall, my friend Yvonne from Swansea kindly drove us around the small city to look see. I love their neat and spacious looking city with a Mermaid Quay like an ocean front with lots of seagulls. The above is a prominent landmark called the Pierhead Building. It was built in the year 1897 with a clock tower that looks like The Big Ben in London. So it has been nicknamed the "Baby Big Ben" of Wales and it belongs to the National Assembly of Wales.



This is a unique and contemporary architecture which is the National Assembly Of Wales and it overlooks the panoramic Mermaid Quay and the Pierhead Building. In our native country, we would call this a State Assembly or Parliament. 



That night we walked around the whole Mermaid Quay to look for a place to have dinner. It was quite happening place and offers many culinary choices to pick. It reminds me of the famous Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco due to the sea frontage and wooden platforms with hundreds of big white birds gawking away. Finally we decided to eat at The Dock. The food was fabulous and we ordered few jugs of free mineral water that was served right from their clean taps! Their drinking water is very clean and has natural sweetness which was our first time trying after hearing Yvonne's bragging. Princess Diana of Wales had drank it, so have I. Please do so when you visit Wales someday.



Yvonne knows that I love to see anything very old, spooky and ancient. So she drove us to this ancient St. Fagans National Museum of History. It was an eye opener to see this unusual museum that was scattered across a huge piece of castle land donated by The Earl of Plymouth in the year 1946. It shows how the lives of the ancient Welsh and their native farmers were like.



It was cold, dark and almost closing time, so we had to hurry our visit to this museum and chose to see the ancient houses and farms instead.



The sheep and cows ran away when they saw a Chinese man armed with his mobile phone! I had a good laugh!



This is the interior of the old house. It was so eerie with so many shadows creeping all over the place. It made my hair stood up on its ends to see the rocking chair started to rock slowly by itself! 



I wish I could chop logs for the fireplace like how the Welsh do.

 

The cows and I.



I nearly dropped dead when I saw this flyer at the lobby of the hotel. It confirmed my fears when I saw so many shadows and figures walking all over the places. Now they even offer guided tours to scare the wits out of you. The flyer shares the same photos of mine too!!! Wooohoooo!!


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30 comments:

  1. Ghost tour? Intrigue yet scary at same time. I dont think I dare. Lol.

    Nice Welsh tour. The accents are hard to understand??

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    1. These ghost tours often confused me. Why would they not try to offer prayers or help the unseen which lurks everywhere? Instead they would exploit and collect money for their own pockets from tourists.

      The Welsh slang is not easy as certain words are differently spoken. I just raised my eyebrows at them. LOL

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    2. Different culture different style...they do not believe in reincarnation so what is there to release?
      maybe there's no ghost also...more like just stories la

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    3. Hi Thomsonboy! You just cracked me up dei. It is true that they don't believe in reincarnations. I swear that there are many lurking unseen in Cardiff than in London. Many people with psychic eyes in US could testify this too.

      When will you update your blog? I am begging you.

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  2. Pure sweet mineral water? Surely must taste the booze that pure sweet water!

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    1. Good booze, go to Scotland!
      I enjoyed the sweet tasty plain water. It is so natural.

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  3. You can see ghosts at any ordinary place, let alone a ghost town! Just a piece of cake for you.

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    1. Hey, no! I am chicken to all these unseen beings. It won't even scare you when I pointed out those that follow you everywhere.

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  4. The first few pictures are familiar! I love Swansea too... good that you have friend to take you around the small town...

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    1. You are so adventurous and even visited Swansea!

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  5. Anay, I want some Welsh cakes too!
    Hahaha

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  6. Hi TM

    So blessed to be able to travel different parts of the world with friends all over showing you around… But your sighting of shadows.. gulp… guess in countries where all these ancients buildings and castles are, ‘their’ presence are much noticeable…
    I’m thinking to myself.. aside from Asian countries where people stay in new house.. in the western, believe most people are staying in renovated old house / mansion with loteng and basement.. wah.. I think also scared..

    I may got the chance to stop by London this Nov, your guide to London and Welsh came just in time.. It would be nice to see Oxford.. and drink Welsh sweet water… If you don’t mind.. can share your itinerary in London and Welsh.. so I can refer refer… Thanks.

    Regards, Norick

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    1. That's nice to hear that you might visit London! If you have 2 weeks, you can cover the places like mine otherwise a week will be just sufficient for London, Oxford and Windsor.

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  7. I will freak out if I join the ghost tour, I don't think I dare, there was once I went to a friend's new house, it was vacant still and has no lights, I can feel my goosebumps as I take a walk inside

    I like the first photo, you guys are so sporting and fun!

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    1. When one gets the goosebump feelings, it means the unseen had come into contact with the human body! Better run fast next time! The weaker ones would inhale our chi until our energy & luck also kaput lah.

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  8. You should join the ghost tour and maybe persuade some to visit KL when you return home, lolx!

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    1. LOLOL! I should ask them to visit Rosmah! They might flee on seeing her.

      Don't play play lah. Need to protect myself first.

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  9. Aiyo, you scared me lah because I read this post last night. That part about the rocking chair is so eerie. I hear that usually such places have very negative energy.

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    1. Aiyo this aunty is so timid lah. My post is so hilarious but you found it scary pulak. You should always 'air and smoke' your store rooms at home. They like to sleep and rest inside.

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  10. You scared the shit out of me with your last paragraph. Looks like you don't have to pay for the Ghosts in Cardiff tour since you've been given a 'free' tour...kakaka! :D I think I can imagine what Mermaid Quay is like since I've been to Fisherman's Wharf. Something similar to Clarke Quay in Singapore? ;) Ooo, I would enjoy those Welsh cakes too.

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    1. Aiyo! This is another victim who got scared with my last paragraph. LOLOL

      I would say this Mermaid Quay is very similar to Fisherman's Wharf as it faces the Bristol Channel that connects to the big ocean. If I am not mistaken Clarke Quay is lined along a narrow canal with entertainment on both sides. I wonder why we don't have such concepts in our country?

      I think you can easily bake your own Welsh Cakes by 'smashing' the scones recipe! Ha ha...

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  11. Hi! Your photo of the Pierhead Building is very beautiful. When I was young,I homestayed at a house in Denmark. There were two Wales girls in the same house. One of them sang many songs by Welsh. I found that Welsh was very different from English at that time.
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    1. Wow! That's so interesting to know that you had this student exchange trip to Denmark. I really cannot understand the Welsh language too. They even pronounce the Queen's English with different slangs. Me sweats!!

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  12. So do you prefer English scones or Welsh cakes? And the Pierhead bldg looks really nice!

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    1. I prefer English scones with coffee!!

      Yums!

      Can you bake them for me pleaseeee?

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  13. The time must snap more photo photos to make your readers drooling over their hp or laptop screen >_<
    Rocking chair rocked by itself, is this your imagination or your wife saw it too, i expect is the former lor LOL
    Actually you can chop log here in Malaysia too, no need to go to Wales, LOL

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    1. Hey the big old rocking chair moved by itself and few people saw it. No kidding. All kept quiet and walked away lah.

      Where got logs to chop in Malaysia! You are funny!

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  14. Gosh, I would love to join the Ghost Tour! Hahaha!

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    1. You are so petite and soft lady! You are pulling my legs with your bravery. I will sponsor the ghost tour ticket for you! Wooohooohooo!

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