On the 13th January 1961 my parents started 'courting'. On the 12th January 1985 Mark and I started 'going out'. When I was little Mum always cooked a special meal for their 'Going-Out-iversary'. Nowadays the four of us have got into the habit of going away for a city break on the nearest weekend. We've been to little pubs in the West Country (when Mum found walking easier) and in recent years we've had good deals in city centre hotels in Bath and Bristol. This year we got a really good deal to stay in Cardiff for a couple of nights. Here's Mark at one end of our room...
The weather was pretty cold and grim on Saturday so we decided to explore Cardiff Castle. Mum takes her time - and it gives us all the chance to read displays properly and absorb a little more of the atmosphere. The visit starts with a short video then you enter the WW2 Air raid Shelters. These run under one side of the castle as far as the north gate.
This is the view from the north gate back towards the Norman keep, Victorian buildings (with the modern stadium in the background.)
Mark climbed to the top of the keep, leaving me with my parents at a more sensible level. He took this photo from the top of the tower - Mum and Dad huddled up against the cold, listening to their audio guides.
Eventually we headed for the warmth of the Victorian castle buildings. We went to Castle Coch a few years ago so we knew that we were going to be in for a serious 'Gothic' design experience..
I absolutely loved it! Here's the ceiling in the Great Hall..
and another incredible ceiling in a small ante-room.
This musical monkey caught my eye near one of the windows..
..and here's a detail from the library..
On Saturday night we worked out that we'd been dating for 80 years between us..!
Hope that you are all having a good week. Jx