Monday, February 21, 2011

Last Sunday in Cardiff!

Since Sunday was my last weekend in Cardiff, Ben took me to the Custom House for a Sunday roast via the Barrage, which runs along the water.  We got some work in on the way.

Ben working the wheel:

and me, pushing some coal:

Then we reached Custom House for a well deserved roast dinner!

After a very satisfying dinner, we met Thom, Katy and Sandra for drinks and celebrated my last night out in Cardiff.

Thom and Ben, drinking very manly fruity drinks:

Ben's look of drunk satisfaction:

Thom, Ben and I finishing a drink together:

and Katy, Sandra and I enjoying the night.  I of course kept to my trusty Grey Goose martini:

What a great last night out and to top it all off we had a flaming banana dessert:

Now that's the way to end a great night ;)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fish & Chips on a Windy Day

Saturday Ben and I headed into the bay on a very windy day!  I tried to show just how windy it was by taking a picture of the flags flying stiff straight in the wind:

Also the whitecaps in the water:

Ben had to take shelter in this sculpture on the bay, can you spot him?

Luckily we didn't blow away in the wind and made it to Harry Ramsden's for some traditional fish and chips!

Apparently you have gravy on your chips (or fries as us Yanks call them), curry sauce for dipping and mushy pease (mashed peas) to eat with your fish, it was excellent!

Ben ordered an extra plate of chips and an order of bread and butter then wrapped his chips in the bread and butter and ate them like a sandwich, so bad and he knows it!  ;)

We washed it all down with beer and a fancy water:

Very traditional English food indeed!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Roath Park

Since Sunday was such a beautiful, sunny day, we decided to head over to Roath Park in Cardiff via the bus.  Here we are patiently waiting for our bus to arrive:

One quick ride over and we arrived at Roath Park, a Victorian style park:

It even has a green house!

We headed inside to the warm humid air, felt just like Florida!

My camera kept fogging up because it was so nice and warm inside :)

I loved all the palm trees, reminded me of home!

Of course we don't have many koi swimming around in Florida ;)

I loved the tropical greenhouse, I think we could have stayed for hours!

but....there was much more to be seen, like the lighthouse on the lake:

Here I am holding it up:

there were also tons of swans and on the lake, Ben and I had bought duck food at the greenhouse so we could feed them:

I liked this guy because he was the awkward teenager who hasn't quite grown into himself yet:

He definitely got the most food ;)

After feeding the swans we headed inside to the warm cafe for tea and scones, so English!

In all, a beautiful day out on the lake and another great day of exploring Wales!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ben's Birthday!

I know, I've been a horrible blogger lately!  However this next post is a fun one, because it's all about Ben's 28th birthday!

Ben turned 28 this weekend and we celebrated with cake, sparklers and champagne, then headed out to see the BBC orchestra perform and ended the night at the fancy Le Gallios restaurant.  We couldn't get the camera off video mode until dinner, so enjoy the videos!

Ben's sparkler cake:

The thunderous applause after the first performance:

And finally off video mode, here we are enjoying dinner and drinks at Le Gallios:

Happy birthday to Ben!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

OK, a little late on the New Year's post, but not too many pictures to share, for once I wasn't very snap happy!

I started the night out at Imogen's for champagne and appetizers (or starters as they are called in the UK).  Here is Imogen opening up a bottle of champagne:

then we headed into town to watch the fireworks at midnight.  You may recognize the ferris wheel in the background from a previous post when Ben and I took a spin:

These photos are my attempt to capture the fireworks going off:

And here is a shot of Imogen taking pictures and Christian with the half of Katie's face out of the shot, sorry Katie!

after the fireworks were done we ended the night and headed home.  
A nice start to 2011 :)