Holiday Report – 22 June 2016

Steps taken: 10,538
If you’re reading this on Facebook, make sure to click through, or you’ll miss lots of photos. There are seven nicely varied Cardiff photos in this post.

While Geoff had a mostly relaxed day in, I took myself to Cardiff on the train. I had a wander around the city’s wonderful Victorian arcades, which are all looking very good these days, mostly occupied by independent retailers and more little cafes than seems possible. Here’s a typical arcade:

Royal Arcade

Royal Arcade

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 500
Taken 11:28, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.7907′ 0″ N 3° 10.6049′ 0″ W

I spotted something odd above a doorway:

Birdhouse for your soul?

Birdhouse for your soul?

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/100s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:26, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.8715′ 0″ N 3° 10.8319′ 0″ W

After pausing for an espresso and a toasted teacake in the Plan Café in the Morgan Arcade, which I always like to visit when I’m in Cardiff, I headed for Cardiff Castle:

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/350s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:57, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.8921′ 0″ N 3° 10.9003′ 0″ W

I took the optional tour around the quite wonderful rooms – this was well worth the extra £3, as the guide really knew his stuff, and how to talk to a group. It helped that the group was quite small. More photos of the interiors will follow, but here’s a sample. This is known as the Arab Room:

Arab Room

Arab Room

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/55s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 3200
Taken 13:28, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.916′ 0″ N 3° 10.8877′ 0″ W

And this charming chap is lurking in the ceiling outside the door to the Winter Smoking Room, apparently to scare away the ladies so they wouldn’t interrupt the gentlemen’s cigars. Or something:

Guardian

Guardian

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 2500
Taken 13:16, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.9035′ 0″ N 3° 10.8847′ 0″ W

After the tour, I walked through the undercroft which has been opened up to show how it looked when the tunnels were used as air raid shelters in World War II. This brought me out at the North Gate, which gave me a good angle on the Norman keep:

The Keep

The Keep

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/550s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:47, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.9688′ 0″ N 3° 10.8708′ 0″ W

(That’s been given a bit of a tweak with Tonality Pro, in case you’re wondering)

One other item from the Castle that I don’t recall seeing on my previous visits is this sculpture called The Abandoned Solider, whose dedication plaque reads:

To honour those who have valiantly fought for our country but are not being treated as the heroes they are.

It was a bit dull and grey with light rain falling, so I had to use flash to capture it properly, which led me to this stark black and white treatment which I think works well.

The Abandoned Soldier

The Abandoned Soldier

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:37, 22 June, 2016
Location 51° 28.9122′ 0″ N 3° 10.7793′ 0″ W

After the tour, my creaky old legs were in need of a rest, so I had a sit down in the café, which may have involved a Welsh cake. I then had a slow walk back to the station and got the next train back to Pencoed. And here I am, aching a bit after my longest walk in, err, oh. That’s after my longest walk of the year so far. Yay, etc.

 

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