Now we’re a family, we wanted to use our holiday time to spend quality time together so we decided to go away for a few days and hit the Wales coast. We wanted to go away somewhere that we hadn’t been before and that wasn’t too far away from our home in the Midlands. We chose Cardiff and we loved it.
On the way to Cardiff, we met up with a fellow blogger and tweeter Bryher and her family. I’ve followed Bryher’s blog(s) for over 4 years now and we’ve shared many stories mostly weight loss, pregnancy and being mummies so it was lovely to finally meet up with her. She was exactly how I thought she would be, very genuine and lovely. I was a little nervous but as I had Olly and hubby with me, I knew I’d be ok. I just needed to get out of my comfort zone and be brave. Sounds silly but since having Olly and putting weight on I’ve become quite self conscious again! Bryher showed me how to wear a wrap so that I could babywear Olly and having walked around with him in the wrap for a good hour, I loved it! Olly was obviously cosy as he fell asleep.
We stayed near to Cardiff city centre in a Premier Inn and it was great. Cheap, convenient and central to where we wanted to be. As soon as we arrived in the city, we went to Cardiff Bay to have a look around. The architecture around the city is amazing. There’s a clever mix of old and new and is really intriguing, I really liked Cardiff Bay Opera House whereas hubby was in awe of the Millennium Stadium (he has fond memories of the stadium as Walsall FC beat Reading here 3 – 2 in the Play Off finals back in 2001)
We had a lovely lunch at one of the restaurants at Mermaid Quay and enjoyed walking around the Quay in the fresh sea air. Don’t let the sunshine in the photographs deceive you, it was blooming freezing.
The selection of shops in Cardiff is brilliant. There’s a couple of brilliant shopping centres and a fabulous John Lewis. I could of spent a fortune. Luckily, hubby was in charge of the money so my spending was kept to a minimum. I imagine shopping here at Christmas is hectic but at least you’d get it all in one place.
For our first trip away we had a fantastic time. Olly slept really well (as usual) and we enjoyed spending time together. I know Olly won’t remember his first trip to Wales but we’ll share our photos of him in years to come and we’ll definitely be back. Our next planned break away is in early July but instead of a hotel, we’re staying in our tent. We’re hoping the weather improves and we finally get to see more sunshine.
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