Castles. It’s what you do in Wales. That and a pub meal were my main goals for Day 2.
It was fun to get up and not have a huge agenda for the day. It got light REALLY early (around 4:30 AM), but I’d gotten enough sleep and was keen to explore a little. Enjoying coffee and a little morning conversation with Derek was a good way to start.
Cardiff Castle is the first of several castles along my journey. The Romans built a fort on this ground around 50 AD. Then the Normans routed the Romans and built the impressive 12-sided Keep in the 13th Century.
The palace apartments were built in the 18th Century, and while I’m not usually a fan of fussy aristocratic stuff — the amazing creativity and workmanship of these rooms kind of blew my mind. So many folks were rushing through, and I couldn’t tear myself away from the details – especially all the fun animal spirits everywhere!
There were unpleasant doin’s in the Black Tower. Grisly death, to be specific.
Derek recommended the enclosed market, so I went there and enjoyed some lunch and a wander through the stalls.
Well before I arrived in Cardiff, I knew I wanted to see the movie, “The Northman,” by one of my favorite directors, Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse). I had the theater mostly to myself. Enjoyed 100% — I’d been watching “Vikings” and of course was preparing to go to an historical Viking-settled land, so kind of a no-brainer. And I did enjoy every blood-soaked frame of it. Eggers makes films you can smell.
After a bit of a nap, I was determined to enjoy a pub meal, which I did, very much, at The Grange! A pint whilst I wrote my thoughts. Then took a roundabout walk home.
28 April 2022
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