“The ball I threw while playing in the park has not yet reached the ground”

As I mentioned in my previous post, I enjoyed an eventful visit to Cardiff, Wales, last Friday.  After taking the waterbus back to City Centre, I decided to visit Cardiff Castle.  Cardiff Castle has a long, storied history.  It sits on a site that has been used since about 55 AD, when the Romans made a guard post there.  William the Conqueror is believed to have build the first motte and bailey keep on the site as part of his conquest of Wales in the 11th century, and the castle was even used for bomb shelters during World War 2.   Much of the current appearance is due to work completed in the Victorian period. 

 

Cardiff Castle from the battlements
  
The castle’s outer walls were used for air raid shelters that could hold up to 1,800 people
  
View of the motte & bailey keep from the outer wall
  

  

This part of the castle was likely built by William the Conqueror. The interiors in this keep were very sparse – blank stone walls and floors.
 
  
Cardiff Castle Clock Tower
 

 

Interior furnishings in the newer portions of the castle
  
Intricate fireplace decorations
  
The Arabia Room at Cardiff Castle
 
After my visit to Cardiff Castle, I explored Bute Park, which takes up many miles in central Cardiff. The Marquess of Bute owned Cardiff Castle, but it passed into the city’s hands at the final Marquess’ death in 1947.  

 

One of the intricate carvings on the Animal Wall, near Cardiff Castle
  
A canal near Cardiff Castle in Bute Park
  
Bute Park
  
A pedestrian bridge across the River Taff in Bute Park
  
A view of the meadows across the River Taff in Bute Park
 

After my day in Cardiff, I caught the train back to London. 

Title quote: Dylan Thomas, Should Lanterns Shine

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