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We promise ourselves that we are going to venture out a bit further than where we usually go during weekends. Last week (and the week before) we went to Taunton. While driving we talked about where to go and Cardiff was mentioned and here we are today in Cardiff!

The travel took us a wee bit longer as its a Saturday and the lines in the toll gate at Severn Bridge is long and slow. When we got there we cant find the place that we want to park our car so we just park is somewhere where its awfully expensive. That caused so much stress and money! My son notice the small difference at home and in here. He noticed that in every [traffic] signs there is another word that he cant seem to understand. We told him its Welsh. And its so nice to see him being so observant of small things like that.

After walking a bit in the high street we decided to go to Cardiff Castle as the high wall is just calling us. A bit pricey for our budget (£12/adult) but its nice that my son is free! After seeing how much we are going to pay the parking a free entrance here is welcomed with open arms.



We sterted the trip with making some remembrance coins. We make sure to make one of this in our every trip if we see this coin making machine.



Mike the Knight had helped us identify this massive machine. Trebuchet! My son was holding the audio guide and he is listening to it when I took this photo.



Next stop is the tunnel called Wartime Shelters. Can i just confess how spooked I felt while inside! There are parts where there are speakers with a guy talking about the war and it feels so real! So scary.



After getting out of the tunnel we went to the The Norman Keep. Climbed a wee bit steep steps and went up and was in awe with the view. I am also proud of how my son is not scared and did all the walking here.




Then we enter the Castle Apartments. My favorite part of the Castle. I am so amazed of the Architecture and the workmanship involve in the interior works of this structure. The design and detail is so amazing. My favorite part is the ceiling. The designs are amazing. Some looked like 3d fractals! I almost dont want to leave every room if not for the other visitors patiently waiting for their turns.





After a long walk (Fitbit said I reached 10k steps already) we decided to have an informal picnic on the grounds. We have Tyrells PoshCorn as our snack. I love the sea salted flavor and my son and husband loves the sweet and salty variant.




I also found so many quirky random pretty things. Marbles from the shop, flowers around the sites and a daisy that was given to me by my son which I attached to our bag.



My son enjoyed the walk but he enjoyed the audio guide more. He is so obsessed with listening to the guide talk in there. I have never seen him this concentrated on something=P


And I am so happy that I got so many amazing smiling photos of him. Even the one where he is in a bit of a tantrum mood is cute!


Looking back, the beauty and details and history that you will see inside is just amazing that the money you paid is so worth it! If you want to visit Cardiff Castle you can see the details from their website here.

We then head back to the high street to find the Mall with Lego store. We did find it and we stayed there for the longest time creating mini figures of ourselves. My son is asking if we can go back so that he can do versions of his best friends: N, G and A.


And its becoming our ritual to head to Starbucks or Costa before going home. And my son is so at home in any of their branches already.





We went back to the parking and paid the amount that made me and my husband cry inside. We are of course going back and would definitely use the park and ride option. And the proof of a fun day happened in our drive home. My son sleeping on his car seat!


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sarahjchristie
May. 24th, 2015 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh I love the photos so beautiful and my boys would have loved the tunnels. Yet I would have loved the apartments those dealings are so lovely. Are what a tires boy at the end of the day. x
Kim Carberry
May. 24th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Wat gorgeous photos....It looks like you had a wonderful day out.
laurasarahdoll
May. 24th, 2015 10:29 pm (UTC)
so pretty
What a fantastic place.That roof and all those stairs. Love your son taking off his shoes in the coffee shop.
Don't you just love it when fitbit unexpectedly tells you goal met. 😊
(Anonymous)
May. 25th, 2015 06:43 am (UTC)
Parking costs can be silly in big cities can't they? I do think it's excessive at times, but they seem to get away with it. I try to park further out and walk in as often cheaper, in fact, in my city I know where I can get free parking and still walk into the centre, but not so easy in strange places. I've never really been to Cardiff and would love to go explore. I've heard so much about the castle.
ericahughes
May. 25th, 2015 06:47 am (UTC)
Sorry that comment wasn't supposed to be anonymous.
madmumof7
May. 25th, 2015 07:53 am (UTC)
I used to live in Cardiff and never visited the castle - you make me wish I had! Lovely pictures
coombemill
May. 25th, 2015 10:42 am (UTC)
What a wonderful day out and a huge amount of steps for your son to climb. He did so well I'm not surprised he was asleep on the way home! the audio guides are great, my kids love them when we are out visiting places of interest too. In fact they inspired me to make the vlog for my wildlife trail. I wonder where your next venture will take you?
(Anonymous)
May. 25th, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
aNoviceMum
Wales is sure a beautiful place, isn't it. It's on my 'one day' list' to visit. Love the concetraion on Sebastian's face at different points whilst listen to the audio guide. It's so lovely to see children engaged in learning about history so early. Shame about the parking; many of us wish parking around areas like this was much cheaper. Costa and Starbucks ... yum.

Lovely day out; I need to get out more. #aNoviceMumCommentLuv
(Anonymous)
May. 25th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
Stunning pictures, the castle really is beautiful. It looks like your son had a great day x lisa@intotheglade
my_travelmonkey
May. 25th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
What lovely photos and it looks like you had such a fantastic day out. It can be so rewarding sometimes just to jump in the car and go somewhere new even if it's a little drive. Car parks can be so expensive, it's eye-watering isn't it? But look at the happy memories you have - and the best thing - your boy had a great time as you can see from the journey home! Thanks for linking up with the very first #MondayEscapes
Sara Murray (mumturnedmom)
May. 25th, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos of the castle. I'm glad you had such a lovely day out x
bettyl NZ
May. 26th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
What a great time--at least, by the last shot! Sometimes, things aren't what we want, but in the long run, it will be worth it to see his little smile! It's great that he is noticing things around him and asking questions.
karenattwinlife
May. 26th, 2015 07:00 am (UTC)
What a lovely day. Cardiff looks like a really beautiful and interesting place to visit and explore together. The audio guide was obviously a hit!
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
Karren Haller
May. 26th, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Fabulous photos of the castle, the architecture is amazing!!
Congratulations on Best Blog, I voted!

I would love it if you would stop by to share on our Oh My Heartsie Girls ww this week!!

Have a great day!
Karren
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Mary Denman
May. 27th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
What a lovely day! I hope to visit England, Ireland and Scotland in the next year or two! This makes me want to do it even more!!

I enjoy reading your stories!

Have a great day Melinda!
Kate Limburn
May. 27th, 2015 08:16 am (UTC)
What a lovely trip though a shame about the expensive parking. Too many cities charge crazy amounts these days. When I go to London on the train and park at the station, it costs more to park than the train ticket to London!

Never seen the remembrance coins before - not been opening my eyes obviously. What a lovely idea. Do they have them in many places?
BabyChaos11
May. 28th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
Wow it looks and sounds like a wonderful day! All those fab photos - and how cute the last one of your son asleep. I would really like to visit this place.
(Anonymous)
May. 28th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
gorgeous photos #Checkoutthatview
Hayley Smith (hayleyfromhome)
May. 28th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
I love castles and your photos are fantastic! Looks like a great day out and worth the price as there is so much to do there, I really like those coin machines too :)
Emma Day
May. 31st, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wow I love all of these photos! Looks like a fab day out! #CheckOutThatView
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