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Holiday in Cardiff

I would like to start by saying that everyone who came on the trip thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They felt the choice of events and venues was excellent and the whole trip was very well organised. The banquet was seen as the highlight of the trip. To such an extent that people have said that this has been the best Rotary international trip they have ever been on, because of the visit to the castle. The following is summary of what we did over the weekend;

Three Choirs
The tour was conducted by someone who was knowledgeable and it was comprehensive. Lunch was good the quality of food was first class. The only comment for organised parties they need a room in which to serve the meal.
The Hotel
The service was good and the rooms were comfortable. The hotel was full because of a rugby tournament, nevertheless the staff worked hard to meet our needs. It's location is excellent for both the bay and the city centre.
Cardiff Castle
We walked from the hotel, allowing me to tell and show some of the more interesting parts of the city. E.g. St Johns Church , the Library, the Hayes etc.
The tour of the castle lasted around thirty minutes. The guide knew his stuff and took us to parts of the castle where you would normally not have access. In particular the Herbert Tower and the Arab room. I have visited the castle and taken people around and I have only been inside this room once before and that was in 1973 when I was given a dinner by my college  in the banqueting hall. So this was a real exclusive.
The banquet and entertainment was fantastic. It was value for money. On each table there was sufficient wine and the food was to a high standard. The entertainment gave an excellent insight into Welsh culture as well as being modern. Not all the songs were in Welsh. The entertainers served on table as well. The MC  who was in his 20's had impeccable timing and played the audience very well. I found myself singing along with the traditional folk songs and even some of party were also joining in - they didn't know what they were singing, but who cares. A great atmosphere great night.
Tintern  Abbey
We took the A48  to Tintern passing via Carewent, Penhow and Chepstow. I was able to explain the significance historically of each of these places. We spent an hour at the abbey and had a cup of coffee.
This is the old Roman Fort of Isca Siluriam , it is off the traditional tourist path. However, it is an interesting place to visit. There is one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the UK  and excellent legionary museum. This is also one of the sites for Camelot. Careleon was a medieval port  and consequently, has more pubs per head of population than most other towns. We visited the Hanbury Arms where Tennyson wrote his poem to Lancelot and Guinevere. In the Pub the bay window still exists where he actually wrote the poem.  The party really enjoyed this visit we left at 2.30. Most people took the time upon arrival back to Cardiff to have a wander around the city.
Bayside Resturant
Great location, great food great service. We had a wander around the bay before returning to our hotel. On reflection we could have spent more time in the bat area.
St Fagans Folk Museum
I had read on the Thursday before we went that the museum staff were on strike on this weekend. I emailed and was assured most buildings would be open. There was a craft fair and food fair on the day as well as traditional Welsh dancing.  The general consensus was this was a visited most of them wouldn't have made under their own steam, however worthwhile and fully appreciated.
Plymouth Arms
The food was good and we were well looked after by the staff. Everyone enjoyed the meal and felt it was a fitting end to the weekend.
So, Roger well done and there is a template for a trip that could be used again.






California Holiday

Dubbed “A Holiday Of A Lifetime”, our road trip around California not only lived up to its billing but completely surpassed it from the moment the plane touched down in Las Vegas to our last day around the pool in Newport Beach Los Angeles.


Las Vegas has something for everyone, the food, the shows, the views under the bright lights, everything is utterly jaw dropping even in daylight. So glad we pre-booked our shows, trips, excursions and activities before we arrived otherwise we’d have been dumb struck with the scale of things and would have been lost in its frantic pace. The private tour of the Shark Reef Aquarium (thank you for your patience with the booking team Roger!) is an absolute must. We literally had the entire building to ourselves for an hour before the crowds arrived, it was amazing.


Driving through Death Valley was like being in a Star Wars film with all the sand dunes and desert planes, although there’s nothing to do for hours the views and scenery are mesmerising.


Every fifteen minutes or so in Sequoia National Park there was a private creek to stop and paddle in, trail through the redwoods to follow or some picturesque back drop of scenery to marvel at. In all honesty we could have spent longer there and it’s definitely a place we’ll at some point in time visit again.


We found Yosemite National Park to be slightly more touristy with the more popular attractions crowded but nevertheless, like Sequoia, was again unbelievably picturesque. The kids even saw a baby brown bear stroll by the side of the car which absolutely made their day. Dad however missed it as he was driving!


San Francisco has it all, from the hustle and bustle of Pier 39 in the harbour area to food heaven in the neighbouring Chinese and Italian districts. Everything is so accessible, either by foot, tram or cycle hire which was fantastic fun and routes so well organised and mapped out.

We were advised by a cab driver to take in breakfast at “Mamas” but to get there early as people are known to queue for up to four hours to sample the food in this tiny café. We queued for an hour and a half in which we all questioned our sanity but can honestly say would do it all over again as we’ve never had a breakfast like it before.


What to say about Monterey apart from good choice Roger! Hotel right on the beach and the kids would have stayed there for a week digging horse shoe crabs out of the sand. We had to drag them kicking and screaming off the beach. It’s one of those places you could pack up and move to tomorrow, no questions asked.


Pismo also named “fly beach” by the kids was beautiful even if we did have to share it with the flies but not until the sun starts to drop do you get a true perspective of how beautiful the coastline actually is. We stayed up for hours drinking Pinot Grigio outside a restaurant watching the wildlife and sun set.


Newport Beach, Los Angeles was a real eye opener to how the other half live. You could easily sit all day and people watch. At one point we agreed that if David and Victoria Beckham were to walk past us at any given moment we wouldn’t be surprised or even bat an eyelid given the type of people you find yourself walking in amongst. The hotel was in a perfect location to go one way to the mansions, shops and restaurants of Balboa Island or the other way to the exclusive shopping mall aptly named “Fashion Island”. In true American style though the service was first class.




1. I’ve just got back from a trip to Hong Kong & Macau that you so brilliantly organised. The choice of accommodation was superb and with all the extra maps, literature and advice that you gave me, it made the experience of travelling on the MTR, Ferries & trams so much easier.