Monday, May 16, 2016

Windy Walk through Wales

Events in Cardiff, Wales as categorized by the weather:
  • Slightly cloudy - Private tour of Cardiff Castle
  • Sunny - Exploring the grounds and gatekeeper's tower
  • Windy - Hop-on Hop-off tour
HUM 1915 class took a train to Cardiff, Wales to see the Castle and learn more about the city as a whole on the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. Beginning at the Castle, we had a traditional Welsh stew for lunch, followed by a private tour of the section of the residential castle that William Burgess redesigned for the 3rd Marquess of Bute during the Victorian period. Lord John Bute wanted the castle to resemble the Medieval styles of the Roman Catholic Church and the Middle East.

Cardiff Castle Gate

The Winter Smoke Room in Cardiff Castle

The Winter Smoke Room contains mythical imagery from a Norse perspective to give it a more "manly" feel, so as to keep Lord Bute's wife and her female guests out.

 Nursery in Cardiff

Lord Bute had four children, 1 girl and 3 boys. They would play in this nursery which was decorated with nursery rhymes and childrens' stories that we still know today. Some stories featured include Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Rapunzel, and Robin Hood.

One of the many pieces of fairy tale artwork in the room
"The Cat and the Fiddle"

Eric, our tour guide, telling us about the Dining Room's history and most 
recent use as a meeting place for NATO's leaders

Emily W, Katelyn, and Professor Wolfe listen to Eric describe how John Third Marquess of Bute brought elements of his Roman Catholic beliefs into the decor of his bedroom

Gatekeeper's Tower

The view of the castle from the gatekeeper's tower

John Marquess of Bute and Earl of Dumfries relinquished his ownership of the castle after the decline of the coal business. He left the castle to the people of Cardiff on the 10th of September 1947. Any citizen of Cardiff can visit the castle and its grounds for free.

Emily W & Liz peek out of the first level window

Kaurin waves from the top of the tower

Cardiff is the Capital of Wales, which is part of the Commonwealth of England. While the British government still presides over them, they do have 6 of their own major law courts in Cardiff alone. We also learned that they have the youngest population in the Commonwealth. BBC, the British Broadcasting Company, just built a new multi million dollar studio in Cardiff to house many of their most popular shows that have been filmed in the area, including Doctor Who.

Katelyn,, Hannah, Allie, Brittany, Emily O, Corissa, and Erika wait for the Hop-on Hop-off tour to begin in windy Cardiff

Emily W listens to the audio guides comments on Cardiff Castle

Roald Dahl, writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which we saw on the West End,
was baptized in this little church in Cardiff

The Millennium Centre, the prime location to catch any type of performing arts 


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