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A Weekend Break: Cardiff

On Friday 21st September, it was Shaun’s birthday and I had a surprise planned. It was a double celebration as Shaun had just completed his first week in his new job so I thought I needed to do something extra special. Inside his birthday card, I had stuck train tickets, we were going to Cardiff for the weekend! 

The week before (yes, I am Miss Lastminute.com) I arranged the spontaneous weekend getaway. I searched my trusty friend Google for Short Breaks UK and Cardiff seemed like an ideal location for a change of scene. On Saturday morning, we woke up EARLY and hopped onto the 8:21 train from Romsey to Cardiff Central. It was raining but that wasn’t about to dampen our Welsh adventures…

Okay, it was raining a lot, so as soon as we arrived in Cardiff Central we quickly made an essential purchase and bought emergency umbrellas. As I had no clue where the hotel was at this point, I thought at least being lost with an umbrella would be our most preferable option.

Here is Shaun looking pleased with his new birthday brolly. 

Give me coffee and cake over walking around shops any day. Our first stop was Coffee #1 for a Cappuccino Cake and latte. It would have been nice if we ate cake then conveniently arrived at our hotel, but of course nothing is ever that straight forward, ha ha. In actual fact, it took us nearly 2 hours to find the hotel as for some reason I thought I had booked a hotel in Cardiff Bay (a 45 minute walk from the centre, in the rain).

The caption of this photo is: “I’m stressed, but want to take a photo of that seagull”. When we finally arrived at Cardiff Bay, I checked Google Maps (WHY didn’t I do this before whilst in the warm coffee shop) to only then discover the hotel was actually back in the centre of town (45 minutes away, in the rain).

I guess when you have spent hours walking around Cardiff, finally arriving at the hotel is a very happy moment. I had booked the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa which is conveniently located in the heart of the town (ha ha). On the positive, we had explored much more of Cardiff than we had anticipated, got a seagull pic and discovered that the bay had some nice looking restaurants for our evening meal.

The hotel was so warm and cosy and we were even offered a free drink at the bar on arrival.

For one night in the hotel, I paid £133 which is pretty reasonable considering the location, it was a Saturday night and you get full access to their spa (sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and pool).

Feeling relieved we had found our hotel and could relax!

Pretty sure we had walked past all the major attractions already.

You know it’s going to be a relaxing stay when your hotel bathroom has an actual bath.

It’s not a birthday without a few balloons, banners, cards and birthday confetti, right?

Feeling refreshed after visiting the spa and ready to brave the rain again for our evening meal…

Back at Cardiff Bay (we got the Queen Street – Cardiff Bay train this time which was only 4 minutes, yay) we picked Bill’s for our evening meal. All the earlier walking had made us absolutely STARVING so we were feeling ready for a big meal with ALL the courses. For starters: I chose crumbed halloumi sticks with lime aioli and Shaun ordered chicken skewers with spicy barbeque glaze, spring onion, lime and tzatziki.

We seemed to stick with the halloumi/chicken theme for our main course too. Mine: Halloumi Burger with tomato hummus, sweet chilli sauce, roasted red peppers, pea shoots, red onion, lime aioli, sesame bun and fries (sweet potato, of course). Shaun’s: Chicken Burger with creamy coleslaw, chipotle mayonnaise, sesame bun and fries.

Fun fact: On our first date Shaun pretended he liked sweet potato fries (because I had them listed as an interest on my dating profile, lol) and only confessed a couple of months later he actually didn’t like them. Thankfully I got over it and we are still together two years later.

Let me introduce you to the Melting Chocolate Bombe. Under it’s chocolate dome hat you have: brownie chunks, chocolate sauce, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, honeycomb and hot salted caramel sauce. YUM!

After our rather filling meal we had a little walk around Cardiff Bay at night all lit up with pretty lights.

Wales Millennium Centre – I was curious what the inscription meant and a quick search tells me: It’s a bilingual inscription in Welsh and English meaning “Creating Truth Like Glass From Inspiration’s Furnace”. There you go, this post isn’t all burgers and brollies ya know.

The next day, we went back to Cardiff Bay to get the Aqua Bus to the seaside town of Penarth.

It’s a small peaceful town by the sea and quite a contrast from the busy Cardiff centre.

You gotta have ice cream when you are by the sea, it’s the rules. After a while chilling by the seaside (in both ways, it was cold but relaxing), we hopped on the train at Penarth to Cardiff Central then switched to our Romsey train and got back in time for the X-Factor.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our Wales adventures. Have you been to Cardiff? Does your boyfriend pretend to like sweet potato fries? Where is your favourite place to go in the UK for a short break? I’d love to hear your recommendations for next time!

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136 Comments

  1. September 27, 2018 / 7:22 am

    This looks like such a lovely trip, glad you had a nice time! All your photos are so stunning, especially the ones of the hotel 😍
    Amy x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Aww thanks so much Amy! 💖 The hotel was lovely, especially after it took forever to find it 😂💕 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 9:39 am

      Thank you so much Anna! 💖 xx

  2. September 27, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Oh, this post did make me laugh, your captions for the seagull pic and the attractions brochures in particular! I think Shaun is very lucky to have such a thoughtful girlfriend, what a wonderful birthday treat to be whisked away for a rainy weekend (JOKE!). Seriously, it looks like you had a wonderful time and Penarth, in particular, looks lovely. Also, that Melting Chocolate Bomb is dessert goals. Belated happy birthday wishes and first week in a new job congrats to Shaun 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 9:50 am

      He he, thanks Lisa! 💖 Glad the post made you laugh, it was funny looking back on the weekends adventures ☔️😂🙈. Aww yes, that dessert was AMAZING! 😍 Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  3. September 27, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Been to Cardiff for work and meeting with friends. I like it. It’s got some good shops too. We’re off to Wales next month not sure if we will go into Cardiff again but we like it.

    I’ve never been to Bill’s we don’t have one in the North Easy but I’ve heard good things!

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Thanks Rachael! 💖 It’s such a lovely place, I’d love to explore more of Wales too, hope you have a fantastic time! 😍 xx

  4. September 27, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Cardiff is one of my favourite cities in the UK – my friend went to uni there and I spent a lot of time visiting her. There’s so many cute tea shops and things dotted around, and I’m such a history nerd I love visiting the castle! It looks like you had such a fun weekend, and the hotel looks absolutely gorgeous. And we’ve all been there, thinking the hotel was in one place when it was actually in another.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Thanks so much Cordelia! 💖 It really is such a lovely place, we walked past the castle a few times whilst lost he he. We need to go back for longer as there is so much to see and do! 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:12 am

      Thank you so much Amie! 💖 xx

  5. September 27, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I love Cardiff, I went there quite a lot when I was younger as it’s only an hour away from where I live. That hotel looks beautiful, I love the decor in the bar area. The exposed bulb pendant lights are really cool. Your meal looked lovely too, especially the chocolate bombe pudding! Glad you had a good trip.

    Eve x https://evemorganinteriors.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:14 am

      Thank you so much Eve! 💖 The hotel was stunning, glad you liked it too! Aww yes, that dessert was sooo delicious 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:15 am

      Thanks lovely! It’s such a great city, would definitely recommend 💖☺️ xx

  6. September 27, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I have never been to Cardiff but a few of my friends went to uni there! I would love to visit the city! it looks so pretty! the food though! Sounds like an amazing weekend!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Thanks Corinne! 💖 The food was amazing! Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  7. September 27, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    The hotel looks lovely! Even if it was a bit of a challenge getting there. It sounds like you had an amazing stay. I hope he thoroughly enjoyed his last minute birthday surprise. But the thing I took away from this, the fact he lied about liking sweet potato fries is probably the funniest first date lie story I’ve ever heard x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:17 am

      He he, thanks Sophie! 💖 It was a lovely weekend. Glad you enjoyed the first date story, it still makes me laugh 😂💕 xx

  8. September 27, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Cardiff looks beautiful, I’ve never been before but it looks really lovely! The price for that hotel was amazing to have the spa facilities included, it looked like the rain didn’t dampen your day. The scenery there also looks so pretty, glad you had a great time! Xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Aaliyah! 💖 The spa was sooo nice after being caught in the rain all day 😂💕. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely xx

  9. September 27, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Omg that chocolate bomb 😍😍😍😍😍 wow!
    I don’t get many last minute breaks as childcare isn’t easy to find for us but I love city breaks and explores, looks like you had a great time

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Thanks Gem! 💖 The dessert was sooo nice! Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  10. Roxie Watt
    September 27, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    Spontaneous getaways are the best. The hotel looks lovely and the dessert sounds amazing!

    Roxie | thebeautifulbluebird.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Thanks Roxie! 💖 It was such a nice weekend 😘 xx

  11. September 27, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Cardiff but after seeing your gorgeous photos it’s definitely going on my list! That’s so funny about the 45 minute walk (although I’m not sure I’d have been laughing if I was there) – at least you got the chance to explore! Your meal at Bills looks incredible, and the hotel looks lovely too. Having a weekend break away is the best, there are so many towns and cities I want to explore!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Thanks so much Beth! 💖 He he yes, I guess the positive was we got to see more of the city than expected 😂. Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  12. September 27, 2018 / 4:23 pm

    This looks like a really cool weekend getaway. Hope you guys had a great time there. Lovely pictures💕! And belated Happy Birthday to Shaun🤗

    Love
    Anjali
    http://www.laughingmirror.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Thank you so much lovely! You are so kind 💖☺️ xx

  13. September 27, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Belated Birthday wishes to Shaun! 🙂

    Cardiff Bay looks spectacular! Such gorgeous pictures; must plan a visit soon!

    – Aditi
    http://www.aditispen.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Aditi! 💖 It’s such a lovely place, would definitely recommend a visit 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Thanks Margaret! 💖 It’s a really lovely place with so much to see and do 😍 xx

  14. September 27, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Loved reading about the surprise weekend you had planned Bexa. And by the looks of it, Shaun got very much spoilt! The hotel looked very luxurious, especially with a spa and I definitely would have chosen Bills too, as that’s one of my favourite restaurants. Thanks for sharing your little adventure 🙂 xx

    Rebecca | http://www.rebeccasreviews.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 10:47 am

      Thank you so much Rebecca! 💖 It was the first time we had eaten in Bill’s and it’s definitely a favourite now (the desserts! 😍). Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  15. September 27, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Aw this is such a cute post! Happy Birthday Shaun! I’ve never been to Cardiff but it looks like you had such a great time (even with the rain and all of the walking) I’ve made that rookie mistake before, when you book a hotel stupidly far to where you actually want to be, but it does look like a gorgeous one! All of the food you had looked amazing too, I love Bills and thats such a cute story about the sweet potato fries!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 11:04 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Soph! 💖 He he, yes next time I’m going to be more prepared and do a bit of hotel research first 🙈😂. Thankfully it all turned out okay in the end. Glad you enjoyed the post & the sweet potato fries story 😄 and yay Bill’s is a new favourite of mine too now! 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Thank you so much Joan! 💖 It was such a lovely weekend 😍 xx

  16. joy abou zeid
    September 27, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    looks like you had fun!! Lovely photos!!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 11:06 am

      Thank you Joy! 😍 xx

  17. September 27, 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Looks like you have had a great time away for Shaun’s birthday. I have never been to Cardiff before, but when I was younger there was a chance we may have moved there as my dad got offered a job there but we ended up staying in Bournemouth. I have had a similar chocolate bombe at a Bills restaurant, it’s so good isn’t it! 😃 my favourite place to a mini break is Newton Abbott in Devon, as it’s where I was born and we have family friends there! I love it there 💗xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lauren! 💖 That’s cool you nearly moved to Cardiff, it’s a really nice place! Aww yes, the chocolate bombe is delicious! 😍 I would love to go to Devon for a mini break, it’s such a beautiful part of the country ☺️💕 xx

  18. September 27, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely time Bexa! I really do love Cardiff it’s a beautiful little city and i really do need to visit more often!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Thanks Ellie! 💖 It’s a really lovely place, I can’t wait to visit again 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks Asha! 💖 It is soo tasty! Can’t wait to go back again 😍 xx

  19. Vicki
    September 27, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Oh my goodness. Now I feel homesick haha (even though I live in Southampton). I was meant to be moving to Cardiff next week but it sadly didn’t work out and now I’m waiting until next year. It’s definitely my top place to visit, I’ve been twice this year and will go again at Christmas. I hope you enjoyed it there as much as I do! There’s always something new to do, but Cardiff Bay is my absolute favourite place ever. There are so many lovely walks to do too.

    Vicki | http://www.missviclb.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Vicki! 💖 Aww that’s a shame that moving to Cardiff didn’t work out, at least you can go next year ☺️. Cardiff Bay is so nice, I’d love to go back again and see more! Have an amazing time at Christmas 💖😍 xx

  20. September 28, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Your photos always amaze me, Bexa, they’re SO good! Looks like you had a lovely time, that food looks fabulous. I’ve just had a weekend away too but was ill the entire time so glad to see you had a better time than I did! Haha! xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 28, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Aww thanks so much Jenny! 💖 You are so kind. It was a great weekend, although I think I’m coming down with a cold now 🙈 xx

  21. September 28, 2018 / 10:55 am

    Aww looks like you had such a lovely trip! I’ve definitely done the hotel thing before, I have a habit of deciding I can manage without google maps and then epically failing haha. Bill’s is one of my favourite restaurants, they have such good veggie options and the food is always so tasty. My favourite city in the UK for either a day or a full weekend break is Manchester. Perhaps I’m biased as I love to champion the North, but I think it’s such a diverse city and is filled with the most lovely people ever. Thanks for sharing Bexa :))

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 6:39 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Megan 💖. Ha ha yes, I’m the same, you know the situation is getting desperate when I open Google Maps! 😂🙈 Bill’s is soo good, can’t wait to visit again. I’ve never been to Manchester but it sounds great! Will add it to my list 😍 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 6:59 am

      Thanks so much Cora! 💖 Aww yes, the food was delicious! It was the first time eating in Bill’s now its definitely a favourite! 😍 xx

  22. Shaun
    September 28, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Aw, we had such a lovely weekend in Cardiff 💖😘. It did make me laugh when you wanted to take a photo of that seagull 🤣. The hotel was brilliant too, a good choice there 😘. Thankfully the weather was much better when we went to Penarth ☀️😍. Ooh, and that melting chocolate bombe was delicious 😋. Thank you for a fantastic birthday weekend Bexa 😄😍💖😘 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:02 am

      Thank you so much Shaun! 💖 It was such a great weekend with delicious food and so many funny moments 😂. Penarth was so enjoyable in the sunshine. Glad you enjoyed the birthday surprise! 🎉☺️😘😍 xxxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:03 am

      Thank you so much Tracy! 💖 The dessert was absolutely amazing! Glad you enjoyed the post 😍 xx

  23. Vicky
    September 28, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    Wow! Your pudding looks amazing ☺️ xxx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:13 am

      Thanks Vicky! It was sooo nice! 😍💖 xxx

  24. September 28, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Awww, it looks like you had such a wonderful time! I love the pictures of you two together, and the pictures of everything else are gorgeous, too. What an adventure you had trying to find your hotel, though 😂 This seems like the type of situation I’d end up in if I tried to surprise Neal, which is why I normally have supervision when I book trips! 😂 The chocolate dessert sounds absolutely heavenly, too! Great post, and I’m so glad you had a good weekend! xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Ruth! 💖 He he, yes it definitely was an adventure 😂 I think I need to study a map next time before I leave the house 🙈😝. Ooh yes the dessert was amazing, I’m craving another already! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  25. September 28, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Love your photos! I’ve been to Cardiff countless times and it’s one of my favourite places to visit the UK and only an hour drive away over the Severn bridge. I’m a fan of Doctor Who and Torchwood, which is what initially drew me to the city. I’m glad you both had a good time even if you did walk 45 mins the wrong way, in the rain! Oops.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:20 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Kim! 💖 It’s such a great place, even if it was rainy 😂. Would love to go back again as there is so much to see and do. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  26. September 28, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Looks like you had a super time! I always get really excited when is my partners birthday too – much more than he does! 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:30 am

      Thanks so much Jo! 💖 Ha ha yes, I’m the same! I love birthdays! 😍 xx

  27. September 29, 2018 / 6:23 am

    Happy belated birthday to Shaun! Pretty cool that you two went out to Cardiff! Hehe, spontaneous weekend getaways are the best! Even though it was raining, I love that you still took advantage of the adventuring. The coffee and cake looks tasty! Love how the hotel looks – very homely and welcoming. Worth the travels? The dinner looks delicious! Oh man, it’s interesting to see what people confess to in the name of love, haha!

    Glad you enjoyed your time out there! :). Haa, my boyfriend actually enjoys potato fries :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 29, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Nancy 💖. Aww yes, the hotel was so nice & cosy and worth it in the end 😂. The coffee and cake was really tasty and nice to get out of the rain as well 😄. He he, the sweet potato fries story always makes me smile ☺️. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  28. September 30, 2018 / 1:55 am

    Cardiff looks so beautiful! I’m glad you and Shaun had a great weekend! Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Thank you so much Melissa! 💖 I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Thank you so much Holly! 💖 The hotel was gorgeous! I’d love to go back for longer too. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  29. September 30, 2018 / 8:33 am

    I love last minutes getaways. Hubby and me have them every couple of months. It is a great way to keep the relationship fun and fresh. It looks like you two had such fun on the trip and your photos are amazing as always. Happy birthday to Shaun, sorry for being late, but good wishes always come handy.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Marta 💖. Last minute getaways are always so exciting! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  30. September 30, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! The food looks absolutely amazing and the hotel looks so gorgeous😍

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks lovely! 💖 It was a great trip! 😘 xx

  31. September 30, 2018 / 8:47 am

    Really enjoyed this post because I love Wales. The scenery is amazing and the people are great, but whenever I’ve been to Cardiff it’s been raining too! It looks like you had such a great time and I bet Shaun really enjoyed his birthday (minus the walking an hour and a half round trip in the rain to the bay for no reason, lol). The hotel looks lovely – I recently stayed in a Mercure hotel and was really impressed.

    Btw, my husband actually DOES like sweet potato fries!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Nicola 💖. It was a really nice break, the Mercure hotels are brilliant aren’t they 😍 it was a relief to find it and get out of the rain 🙈. He he, and yay for sweet potato fries! 😄💕 xx

  32. September 30, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I would never have considered Cardiff for a weekend break before reading this! Great post, just sorry it rained so much for you!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks so much Jo! 💖 Glad you enjoyed the post, would love to visit again when it’s not so rainy 🙈😄 xx

  33. September 30, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Oh wow what an experience! Sometimes when things don’t run smoothly e.g. finding the hotel straight away you can have a lot of fun wandering around and seeing new things, but shame about the rain! It looks like you two had so much fun though! The hotel looks absolutely stunning! And that melting chocolate bombe? Omg I need that in my mouth right now! xo

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much Lozza! 💖 Thats so true! It’s nice to stumble across things you wouldn’t normally see. Aw yes the hotel was so nice and that dessert was amazing! Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  34. September 30, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Random getaways are just brilliant aren’t they? I have never been to Cardiff before but wow it sure does look like a fun place. The hotel and food are just amazing!

    Melissa 🌙 | Moonlight Mel

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much Mel! 💖 Random getaways are so much fun! It was a great weekend, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  35. Gemma
    September 30, 2018 / 9:39 am

    You have sold Cardiff to me! I would love to go for a weekend away to Wales, I’ve actually never been to Wales so this would be pretty special. I love everything you’ve done here and sounds like a cracking weekend. I love how much you were able to experience, also seeing all the attractions for Cardiff that’s perfect.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
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      September 30, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Gemma! 💖 I’d definitely recommend Cardiff, there is so much to see and do! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  36. September 30, 2018 / 9:56 am

    Glad you enjoyed Cardiff! I was about to mention the Queen Street-Cardiff Bay train, and I’m glad to see you found it eventually! Lol. (No-one walks to the Bay from the centre! There are also a tonne of buses, y’know, in case you were wondering!)

    Ooh, you visited Penarth too? Awesome. Most people from Penarth work in the Bay and lots of them walk or cycle because it’s so close.

    You didn’t visit the castle though? Next time maybe! 😉

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! 💖 He he, yes I’m glad we discovered the Queen Street train in the end, that saved a lot of time 😄. Penarth was such a lovely place, can’t wait to return to Cardiff to explore more, the castle is on our list for next time 😘 xx

  37. September 30, 2018 / 10:17 am

    I’ve never been to Cardiff Bexa but from your post it looks awesome! Even with a bit of rain! The hotel looked super relaxing, good choice for a birthday get away. I was completely sold on the chocolate dessert!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Gary! 💖 The hotel was lovely and the dessert was amazing! Glad you enjoyed the post ☺️ xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks so much Lainy! 💖 That’s so cool you get to visit Cardiff often. Its such a great place, can’t wait to go there again. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  38. Michelle Blackadar
    September 30, 2018 / 11:57 am

    what a lovely post! it sounds like you had a great trip! short break trips are sometimes more enjoyable to me than long vacation, i feel like they are just the right amount of time to give you a bit of a reset. I’ve sadly never been anywhere in the UK since i live in america but Cardiff looks beautiful! im so glad you had a nice time! xx

    mich / simplymich.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Thanks so much Mich! 💖 I definitely agree, short breaks are really enjoyable and it was nice to have a few days away. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  39. September 30, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    This post made me laugh so hard, does that make me a terrible person? 🤣

    Honestly though, I feel like sometimes these last minute bits of adventure where nothing goes perfectly right are sometimes the most memorable in the long run. Or at least they make for the best stories later on!

    I am glad you guys managed to have a bit of fun regardless of the rain and excessive walking tour, it looks like everything else on the trip was quite amazing!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 5:07 pm

      He he, thanks so much Kristin! 💖 Glad the post made you laugh, looking back on it now it is really funny 😂. It was definitely a memorable trip and would like to go back sometime (when it’s not raining 🙊😜) xx

  40. September 30, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Wow! it sounds like a great relaxing weekend! Your dessert looked amazing! I would definitely choose the same!
    I had the chance to go on a Spa break as well, but it was a surprise for my birthday, so I didn’t organize anything haha
    Just enjoyed the full weekend 😉
    We went to Thorpe le Token, and it was a-we-some!
    I will definitely keep Cardiff in mind though because it looks like a lovely place!!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 5:18 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💖 Aww yes, spa breaks as always so nice, I’m glad you had an enjoyable birthday! I’d definitely recommend Cardiff too, it’s lovely 😘 xx

  41. September 30, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    What a sweet way to celebrate a birthday! The hotel looks so beautiful and I can imagine your happiness after going through all that hassle! The card looks so cute and yum that chocolate dessert is making my mouth water! What a sweet way to spend the weekend- loved reading this! xx
    Beaulife.org

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Aww thanks so much for your lovely comment Huda! 💖 It definitely was a relief to find the hotel 😄💕. The dessert was amazing, I’m craving it again now he he. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  42. September 30, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Ken and I spent time in Wales a couple of years ago and I’m dying to go back–Cardiff looks amazing!

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 💖 Cardiff is such a lovely place, hope you can go back soon 😘 xx

  43. September 30, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Looks like the weather got a little better for day 2. Never been to Cardiff but sounds like a fun getaway. Great photos too

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks Emma! 💖 It did! We had a lovely day the next day by the seaside. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  44. September 30, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    I got back on Friday from spending a few days in cardiff myself although was staying with a friend. Thought the bay was beautiful during the day but your pics of it at night look stunning. Glad you had a nice time.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much Lindz! 💖 That’s awesome you visited Cardiff recently too! The bay is such a lovely location. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  45. September 30, 2018 / 3:29 pm

    You both make a beautiful pair. Belated happy birthday to him. Lovely pictures Bexa 🙂

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Aww thanks so much for the lovely comment Sanjota! 💖 xx

  46. September 30, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    That sounds and looks blissful! I’m so glad you got a weekend to relax and have some fun. My weekend was spent in bed recovering from illness from my darling kids I work with. They decided to spit all over me and got me sick! Not the most fun, but I made it through and am recovering nicely. Hoping for a more relaxing and less snot and sleep filled weekend next time.

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Tamara! 💖 Aww no, that’s rubbish that you got ill but glad to hear you are recovering nicely! Take care lovely and hope next weekend is better! 😘 xx

  47. September 30, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    I’ve never been to Cardiff but would love to visit sometime! It looked like you had a fab trip and even though the hotel sounds a little pricey it looks stunning and I’d love to be able to use the spa and things!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks so much Jess! 💖 It was lovely to be able to use the spa, especially after being in the rain so long he he 🙈. I’d definitely recommend Cardiff, glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  48. September 30, 2018 / 5:23 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! Really love your pictures, expecially the carousel 🎠

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you so much! 💖😘 xx

  49. October's Lallu
    September 30, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Seems like you guys had an amazing time! <3 You're such a sweetheart! <3
    Khadija | October’s Lallu

    • Bexa
      Author
      September 30, 2018 / 6:31 pm

      Aww thanks so much lovely! 💖😘 xx

  50. September 30, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    We did Cardiff back in 2006, touring all the sites used in Doctor Who and Torchwood, because we’re utter geeks. I’d love to go back and revisit them – and see if Ianto’s shrine is still there (I believe it is.) Incidentally, the lit-up restaurant was one of those sites – it featured in Boom Town.

    I mentioned the geek thing, right?

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 6:08 am

      Thanks for the lovely comment Misa! 💖 He he, yes, funnily enough we saw Ianto’s shrine, even though we had no idea who he was, I can confirm that’s it’s there (in Cardiff Bay). That’s interesting about the lit-up restaurant too! Thanks for sharing your knowledge 😘 xx

  51. September 30, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    It looks like a wonderful weekend! I have only been to Cardiff twice, and both times were flying visits with no real time to explore. I shall definitely have to go back again, I think.

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 6:21 am

      Thanks so much Claire! 💖 I’d love to go back again soon too, there is no much to see and do. Glad you enjoyed the post lovely 😘 xx

  52. September 30, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    Fantastic photos and it looked like a great weekend. What a lovely surprise for Shaun too x

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 6:44 am

      Thanks Julie! 💖 It was a lovely weekend, glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  53. October 1, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    O wow that hotel looked beautiful! You’re such a good girlfriend because even though it was last minute you still managed to pull the trip together. Sounds like it was an awesome birthday excursion 🤗

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 3, 2018 / 6:20 am

      Aww thanks so much for the lovely comment Natonya 💖. It was a really nice weekend, would love to visit again. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  54. October 3, 2018 / 6:35 am

    Everything here is so beautiful. Actually you take stunning photograph Bexa. Looks like both of you had an amazing time. the hotel room and the desert ummm yummy. Sweet potato fries… and still together after 2 years hahaha you are so funny. But let me tell you that you both are a very sweet couple. Stay blessed always.:-)

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Thank you so much Via! 💖 He he, that’s so kind of you to say and yay for sweet potato fries 😍. Glad you enjoyed the post 😘 xx

  55. October 3, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    Lovely photos. Looks like you had a great trip.

    The hotel looks really nice too! Also the carousel looked so pretty.

    Thanks for sharing. ♥

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you! It was such a lovely weekend break! 💖😘 xx

  56. October 6, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    My favourite place for a short break has got to be Center Parcs or Wales, I haven’t been Cardiff though, I usually go to Snowdonia area, I love it. Cardiff looks so pretty though and even prettier at night! The hotel looks lovely and worth the price!t can be so hard finding hotels can’t it! Those crumbed halloumi sticks sound amazing! Glad you had a nice little break away! xx

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 6, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! 💖 Center Parcs sounds like so much fun, would love to visit sometime! Would definitely like to see more of Wales too. The hotel was really nice and crumbled halloumi sticks are delicious! Glad you enjoyed the post 😘💕 xx

  57. October 11, 2018 / 2:55 am

    What a lovely weekend! Honestly, I’m jealous that you can just up and take off for a weekend getaway. Do it now while you can for sure! I wouldn’t trade my kiddos for anything, but they do put a damper on last-minute ANYTHING. Great photos, too! Looks gorgeous even in the rain!

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 11, 2018 / 8:51 am

      Thank you so much Nicole! It was such a lovely weekend, so glad you enjoyed the post and photos <3 xx

  58. October 12, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    My cousin/best friend is currently at university in Cardiff and this post has made me so excited to visit him! What was your favourite thing about Cardiff??
    Alex x
    https://allthingsalexx.wordpress.com/

    • Bexa
      Author
      October 13, 2018 / 10:21 am

      That’s really cool! It’s such a lovely place, we really enjoyed Cardiff Bay and it was nice walking around in the evening. Hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for stopping by Alex <3 xx

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