Visit to Cardiff - 6 July 2019
Eight club members travelled by car for a day's photography in Cardiff. It was a two and a half hour drive and so the first stop was for coffee in the Castle cafe. Suitably refreshed we spent an hour or so trying to capture images that would do justice to the Castle appartments' lavish decoration in the medieval Gothic Revivalism syle, as well as the other attractions in the castle grounds. Then it was time to take in some of the lovely arcades built between 1885 and 1921 before lunch from one of the stalls in the splendid covered market followed by a little more arcade bashing. After that, a short hop by taxi took us to the Mermaid Quay area of Cardiff Bay. We landed into the middle of the Cardiff Food and Drink Festival and most of Cardiff's population seemed to be there enjoying themselves in the sunshine! Respite was taken in the calm serene Welsh National Assembly building - a" nice cup of tea" at their cafe - and then we explored the amazing architecture of the building - designed by Richard Rogers. After a little more outside photography it was time for our evening meal after which we took a trip up the river Taff back to Sophia Gardens where we had parked, and thence home. Quite an arduous, day but well worth it. We have vowed to return off-season, and mid-week for a better look in a less crowded environment.