Then I followed signs to a car park and it actually was where it was signed and had spaces :) Only GBP 1.40 for an hour ... very good by London prices, but I think there are cheaper places in Cardiff if you hunt for longer. Since it had taken me about 45 minutes to cover the few miles distance I'd actually travelled I didn't fancy spending more time going around in circles.
The main shoping street was a few minutes walk away (once I'd actually found the right direction to go - 2nd attempt :) ) Now, what were the main events there? Well I was fascinated by some workmen digging up the soil surrounding a large tree leaving it with no visile means of support *shrugs shoulders* there was a sign encouraging Englishmen to stand next to it to watch [no, I'm making that up :) ] but there was no reason for that was there? :)
Then I went shopping. First off was W H Smiths ... hunting for local maps (did I mention I'm a mapaholic), another street map to help me get lost in roads I know the name of and the *big grin* something else ... well actually two somethings. My friend mysticprincess is learning Welsh and I've been setting her puzzles from signs and tourist brouchers. But now I can be so bad :))) I went and bought two copies of the "Highway Code", our government issued booklet of all the laws and regulations for road users. Now I can find obscure traffic regulations in Welsh and leave them for her to try and translate *bounces in anticipation* I just know I'll have to explain the English meanings even when she gets them translated.
*evil evil grin*
After paying I then did the most dangerous part of my trip ... I walked across the pedestrian only area. Now why is that dangerous I hear you ask? Well a refuse collection cart had just passed and decided to reverse into a side alley just after I walked behind it. It was only by leaping clear that I made it to safety and can actually report this to you. It left me slightly shaken.
Next shop was Marks and Spencers. Here I bought some short sleeved work shirts - managed to find some non-iron ones as well so deep joy. With so much time away from home at the moment I do resent the time ironing shirts.
Then it was back to the hotel with my shopping, strip off to cool down a bit and a room service meal (I'd got dressed before it was delivered) some Visual Basic programming to rearrange a directory structure under program control and then bed. My eyes were quite sore - I think 'cos I'd had the air-co. on in the car and it leaves the air dry. They were still sore this morning, but seem to have recovered a bit now.
Right, better get back to work here - got loads to do. Take care and I'll chat some more over the weekend.