Cardiff is an experience
I hadn't expected, but that's where I found myself in 2001. I spent a few days there before
flying home after spending time farther north. The weather was mild, the grass was green, and the
sun went down in the middle of the afternoon. I did some research at the record office and some
Christmas shopping downtown, always being sure to finish before it got too dark to walk back to my hotel
on Churchill Way without getting lost. On a couple of days I took
photos, some in the morning, some in the afternoon. Wherever I looked I noticed the contrast
between the 'old' Cardiff and the new modern buildings. It was a lovely, fascinating time.
Above: Looking down Churchill Way
toward Queen Street my eye was drawn to the contrast between the ninteenth-century buildings on my
left and the twenty-first century, high-rise buildings on my right. The scaffolded building,
shrouded in green plastic, is evidence of the continual construction that is common in a big city.
Above: Perhaps the greatest contrast
in the city is here with
on the right and modern shops on the ground floors of much newer buildings on the left. Although
visible castle wall and tower were built in the 19th century, some of the castle ruins inside
the walls date from medieval times. The property is now in the care of the Cardiff City
Council and is a popular tourist site.
Above: In the direction
opposite to the one above, there is a small park, and beyond it government buildings including
City Hall and the National Museum of Wales.
Above: A short walk from the City
Hall brought me here,
Cardiff University, my ultimate destination
in the city. The Glamorgan records office is just down the path on the left side of this
building, the archive of many records of interest to family history researchers.
*Unless otherwise noted, all photos on this website were taken by
Venita, who also holds the copyright.
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