Wrapping Up Wales


Museum Day The National Museum Cardiff, part of the National Museum Wales “network”, has a rather nice set of exhibits in the areas of art, natural history and human history.  We managed to stroll through just about all of the rooms, though we spent the most time in certain areas.  Since admission is free, it’s…

Cardiff Castle


A visit to Wales’ capital city really wouldn’t be complete without a tour of Cardiff Castle.  It’s believed that the site was used by the Romans as early as the 1st century AD, with the remains of a 3rd century fort visible in a few spots – including inside the visitors’ center and cafe area.…

The Pierhead Building


Completed in 1897, the terracotta Pierhead Building was originally the new headquarters for the Bute Dock Company, which became the Cardiff Railway Company that same year.  Cardiff was one of the world’s busiest ports during this era, with coal being one of the most lucrative exports.  In the 1920s the Cardiff Railway Co was taken…

All Of Time And All Of Space…


Well you can’t quite visit all of time and all of space, but The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, Wales is about as close as you can get.  Our daughter is a major Whovian and her mother and I are also big fans.  So there was little question that we would pay a visit to…

Cliffs of Moher….And Beyond!


The Famous Cliffs A visit to County Clare in Ireland wouldn’t be complete without trekking to the Cliffs of Moher.  I don’t know that I have any profound words to say about this incredible geological feature, that haven’t already been spoken.  We spent a good part of the day walking about the trails and climbing…

Foynes Flying Boat Museum


Another installment in our Ireland trip from last Spring (2013)… Our Aer Lingus flight from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) to Shannon, Ireland (SNN) was short – barely 5 1/2 hours.  On the one hand, it was nice to arrive swiftly (well, not counting the time we spent connecting from Dayton to Boston); but on the…

Treasures in Waterford, Ireland – Part 2


Part 1: https://newlatidude.com/2014/01/05/treasures-in-waterford-ireland-part-1/ Waterford Medieval Museum Conveniently located right beside the Bishop’s Palace is the Medieval Museum, which first opened in August 2012.  Our visit was shortly after the formal grand opening in March 2013, so it was a unique day in that we experienced both the “new carpet smell” and antiques from the Middle…

Treasures in Waterford, Ireland – Part 1


Three Days In Waterford April of 2013 found our family crossing the Atlantic for a two-week trip through the Republic of Ireland, Wales, and England.  One stop along the way was in Waterford, located in the southeast of Ireland in Munster province.  The oldest and fifth-largest city in the country, many are familiar with the…