Our daughter now works in Cardiff for the Welsh Rugby Players Association and made my dream come true with tickets to see Wales play against France in the RBS 6 Nations.
Although a Friday afternoon our journey to Cardiff was trouble free and I managed to contain my excitement; both in seeing our daughter and for the game.
Cardiff is a beautiful city: the centre, the bay, the surrounding countryside; it was lovely to see a glimpse of the stadium from the train on our short hop into the centre.
|Nearly there - excitement rising!|
|Classic burger with Stilton cheese and chips|
|Beautiful glass of Argentinean Malbec|
|.... now I'm ready !!!|
The Welsh Guards, along with their mascot were an impressive sight marching into the stadium followed by two male voice choirs. Their playing and singing was even more impressive as the sound filled the air mingling with the enthusiastic singing of the crowd.... of course that included me !!
There was no way you could miss the entrance of the teams, especially the Welsh Dragons - the cheering, the fires, it was as if the stadium itself was cheering.
An emotional moment was taken to remember those in Fiji, the national anthems were sung with gusto and the dignitary handshakes were made before the game kicked off, a game full of scrums, rucks, penalties, turn overs, two trys resulting in a Welsh win 19 - 10 :)
|The Welsh boys warming up|
I absolutely loved it, an amazing evening - thank you Philly.
|The 'must have' evidence photo|
Saturday dawned bright and sunny but still cold. We popped out to Majestic Cardiff Bay - no we've not changed allegiance although Leicester have put us a fight for us on Twitter
We popped by as last weekend was the first Cuveé Reserve wine tasting weekend and we needed our favourite wines to take and share - the weekend was fab,'read all about it' in my next post.
We decided to walk into Penarth town, up the hairpin path from the Marina up the cliff - the path is fairly easy, just lots of walking back and forth but it's better than straight up steps as the cliff is very steep. Penarth has a small high street with cafes, charity shops, bakers, butchers, flower shops, mainly independents which makes a change from big retailers.
We wandered along to the station, not to catch the train but to visit The Bottle Shop - yes more wine. We'd seen it online and as with the high street shops its always good to visit and independent. Plenty of choice, wines from around the world, some new to us some old favourites. We decided to treat ourselves, I chose a Sauvignon Blanc from the south of France.
|My favourite grape|
|My favourite coffee|
|Waffles with bacon and syrup|
|Across Cardiff Bay|
|Footbridge swing bridge raised for the yachts to pass under|
All too soon it was time to go home via the Second Severn Crossing with views of the Severn Bridge.
|Second Severn Crossing|
|The original Severn Bridge through Second Severn Bridge railings|