Is there a place where you live that you really love?
As some of you may know i live in the Welsh hills. I’m close to countryside, sea and city which is the perfect spot for exploring. A quick 20 minute drive from my little old home gets me to the Welsh Capital of Cardiff where the shopping is plentiful, the food is varied and there are plenty of nice hotels
There is cultural museums and castles, there’s brand new shopping malls and there’s a plethora of parks.
So when Travelodge launched the ‘Flaunt your Haunt’ campaign i was a bit bewildered as to where i would choose. Cardiff is a lovely little growing city with lots going for it, so choosing my favourite was tricky.
But after a lovely day out recently i have a new favourite.
I love to combine days out with places i can take Cassy my puppy. So nice brisk walk with hot drinks, a bit of lunch where pooches are welcome and then a nice walk back is perfect for me.
My haunt starts in Penarth Marina at the barrage, just on the outskirts of the city centre. There is a beautiful fish restaurant here, Custom house, that is stunning, if you’re local and looking for nice food i highly recommend it.
Starting at the barrage,which incidentally is one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe (if that kind of thing impresses you) you wait for it to lower and then you can start your walk across from Penarth Marina to Cardiff Bay.
Cassy and i set off and the walk over is about a mile, mile and a half. Its jogger/cycle/ child and dog friendly. Perfect for the family, nice and flat and long enough for rambunctious little puppies to burn off some energy. The views across the channel are superb and whilst you walk the sea air whips around you feeling fresh and crisp.
Half way through the walk there is a children’s play area and a skate park for older adventurous kids.
There’s also a lovely little refreshment hut selling hot drinks and food to feed a frenzied family.
Then you reach the lovely Cardiff Bay.
The Bay is filled with water boat rides, a delicious range of restaurants, bars serving cocktails and ice cream stands.
From here you have ‘The Armadillo’ Which is the Wales Millennium Centre with concerts and west end shows regularly performing, The Doctor Who experience for those Whovian fans, plus the Senedd that houses the National Assembly for Wales.
Top of my list was hot chocolates and waffles with icecream in Cadwaladers looking over the bay, which is perfect as its dog friendly too.
After filling up on delicious welsh treats, you can then burn off those calories making the nice walk back.
I’m already planning my next day out there possibly this friday, fancy joining me? 🙂
What do you love where you live?
Is there anywhere you would like to flaunt from your haunt?