Photo Friday: W is for ‘Wales’

Where do you come from?

I may be a Kiwi born and bred, but my grandparents came from Wales and Scotland. I love Scotland, but finding a birth certificate for my visa was going to be easier going through the Welsh grandparent whom I never knew (I didn’t know any of them, but I knew which town this one came from). Having achieved my ancestry visa for the UK based on my Welsh heritage, back in 2011 I wanted to find out more about the place my grandfather was born in: Swansea.

Many people (as usual) told me Swansea wasn’t a great place, but I’m glad I checked it out for myself. While I was there Cardiff and the Mumbles were also on the itinerary, giving me a good insight into what Wales was like. Swansea was a quiet but lovely spot. The Mumbles and Gower Peninsula reminded me of the waterfronts in New Zealand. And Cardiff was a nice city with an array of lovely architecture. All in all, Wales was lovely, friendly and beautiful.

Without further ado…

Swansea

Swansea sign

Well, you have to give them credit – they are ambitious!

Waterfront in Swansea, Wales

Waterfront in Swansea, Wales

Waterways in Swansea, Wales

Waterways in Swansea, Wales

Statue of Dylan Thomas, Swansea, Wales

Statue of Dylan Thomas, Swansea, Wales

Mumbles, Gower Peninsula

Lighthouse along the Mumbles, Wales

Lighthouse along the Mumbles, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Beach and Lighthouse at beach in the Mumbles, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Beach and Lighthouse at beach in the Mumbles, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Oystermouth Castle, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Oystermouth Castle, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle, Wales

Cardiff Castle, Wales

Cardiff Castle (back), Wales

Cardiff Castle (back), Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Animal Wall, Bute Park, Cardiff, Wales

Millenium Centre (day), Cardiff, Wales

Millenium Centre (day), Cardiff, Wales

Millenium Centre (night), Cardiff, Wales

Millenium Centre (night), Cardiff, Wales

Art statues in Cardiff, Wales

Art statues in Cardiff, Wales

Art statues in Cardiff, Wales

Art statues in Cardiff, Wales

Excuse the quality of photography in this post, it was a mix from my snapshot camera and my DSLR.

If you like these, why not check out more photography from my wildlife and travel galleries here: http://designack.com/portfolio/travel-and-wildlife-photography/.

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