We went to downtown Cardiff again. Well, at least on the same general route downtown. There were a few sites on the way.
|That moment you realize your patriotism has been turned into some cheap,|
commercial stunt. Wait. I live in the US!
|Zooming into the make-up trailer, we recognized some of the actors and confirmed the Doctor.|
If Jenna Coleman's pic had been up, I would have hung around and waited no matter how long it took.
Best she wasn't. No need for creepy old man stuff.
Except the reason I like her is that she reminds me of my wife when we first met.
"Run, you clever boy! And remember!"
|In the park behind Cardiff U and the National Museum is this beautiful Monument to those lost in the Great War (WWI)|
It has become the Welsh National War Memorial as sadly, that was not the War to End All Wars.
But, "Don't blink!" Yes, it was in that episode.
Linda and I did the tour of Cardiff Castle. Most days, you will see international flags all around the castle wall. The wall is a large rectangle because it was originally a Roman fort and the Romans usually built in square angles. The day we were there, they were changing out all the other flags to fly only the Welsh flag because Wales was still advancing in the Euro Cup Football Tournie against all expectations (and much thanks to Gareth Bale).
Below, they had just taken down the Italian flag and put up the Red Dragon. We watched them remove the US flag as well which was really weird because I wanted to go up and help them fold it right. But it's their country, and they can do what they want with our flag. It's a nice gesture that they generally fly the flags of all nations as Cardiff is a welcoming, international city.
|What so proudly they waved!|
|This one's for my many Idaho friends and family.|
|The Medieval Castle.|
|We forgot to count the steps.|
|Looking to the north towards the mountains and valleys of industrial Wales.|
On the hillside to the right is Castell Coch which we shall see later.
The next view looks over the Victorian home of the Butes to the modern city beyond the walls including the Millennium Stadium.
|The Bute Mansion portion of Cardiff Castle|
|The Great Hall/Dining Room|
The guide was very proud to tell us that our President Obama had dined here at a recent NATO Summit. He also encouraged us to book the place now for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. I think we'll leave it to Presidents and royalty.