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>30th June 2008

Rhossilli, Swansea

Rhossilli is a small village near Swansea of Wales. It is an area designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At the southern end of the bay is the outcrop of rock called the “Worm’s Head”.

Rhossilli Down and the beach

Worm’s Head with causeway exposed at low tide

Being owned and protected by National Trust

Three Cliff Bay, Swansea

The bay takes its name from the three sea cliffs that jut out into the bay. The beach is an important asset for locals and visitors and routinely qualifies for Blue Flag status. As a consequence, dogs are banned from the beach between May and September. Three Cliff Bay also appeared in a music video entry for The Red Hot Chilli Pepper.

Saw the three cliff?

Nicole Hui Xiang and I at the beach

Also being owned and protected by National Trust

One thing I like about Wales is…everywhere you go, sure you will see dogs..Dogs are everywhere; here and there


Previous post of Wales Trip [Part 1] is about Cardiff Bay. This time around Part 2 is about Cardiff city centre, which is the capital of Wales and a small tiny little island known as Barry Island.

Having our lunch at Queen Street before depart to Barry Island
Cardiff Railway Station, from here we took train to Barry Island
Inside the train..Almost alike our KTM but much better as not crowded…

Some info of Barry Island. Barry Island is a seaside resort, forming part of the town in South Wales. Barry’s stretch of coast has the world’s second highest tidal range, of 15 metres (49 ft).

After that, we went back to Cardiff City centre. Before heading back to our backpack loudge, there a few buildings you shouldn’t miss when visiting Wales.

1. Cardiff CastleCardiff may only have been a city for 100 years, but there has been a castle here for nearly 2000 years. Tours of the castle interior take place throughout the day, or visitors can just enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Castle gardens. The newly opened 6m pound Interpretation Centre will also present for the first time the story of the Castle and its 2000 years of history, offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the different phases of the Castle’s development from the Romans through to the modern day.

2. Millennium StadiumWhen the stadium isn’t hosting major sports matches or concerts you can take a tour of the 74,000 seater stadium. Walk down the player’s tunnel, try out the Queen’s seat in the Royal box and discover how they removed the curse from the away-team changing rooms.

>29th June 2008

Before this, I had talked about Wales before but this time around, we will know more about Wales. Wales is my first overnight trip during my study at United Kingdom.

Wales is one of the four “home nations” that make up the United Kingdom. The other 3 home nations are England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For your information, Northern Ireland and Ireland are totally different. Northern Ireland is not part of Ireland, which located at the north of Ireland. Wales is rich in history and natural beauty and has a culture distinct from the rest of the UK. Travelers are attracted to Wales because of its beautiful landscape, the wide open spaces of its stunning national parks and the wealth of history and culture.

Our first destination is Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Bay, is a home to a large freshwater lake for sailing and water sports. It has been redeveloped in the last decade by the old Cardiff docklands.

Cardiff Bay’s notable buildings

1. Wales Millenium Centre presents international opera, ballet, modern dance and musical. “Art Sherpas” sun tours of the front and backstage areas and free live music performances take place in the foyer everyday lunchtime. The Wales Millenium Centre is home to the Welsh National Opera.

2. Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre The Bay Visitor Centre, also known as The Tube is a home to exhibitions and displays on the history and development of Cardiff Bay, including a scale model of the entire city.

3. Norwegian Church was first established in Cardiff Bay to serve the large community of Norwegian sailors working in the docks. Its main claim to fame is as the church where author Roald Dahl was christened – today, however, it has been converted into a cafe and art gallery.

4. Pierhead Building contains an interactive exhibition on the role of the National Assembly. The clock of the building is unofficially known as “Baby Big Ben”.

5. The Seneed is the home of the Welsh Assembly Government’s debating chamber, where visitors can join a tour of the eco-friendly building, or watch Assembly debates from the public viewing gallery.

Cardiff Bay

  • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
  • Diana Diane Teo: >CathJ and ladymariah - Thanks so much! =)
  • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli