There's a whole world ready to explore right outside my front door. I sometimes forget how fortunate we are in Cardiff to live by the sea even though it doesn't feel like that all the time. I normally avoid Cardiff Bay, it's far out from my house and once you've been a few times you've done everything there is to do. Saying that, I'd never walked across the barrage to Penarth so knowing there would be beautiful weather my friend Simone and I decided to make a day out of it.
We did get a beautiful day of sunshine and the walk across the barrage was easy (just 1.1km to walk!), we arrived in Penarth starved and in need of a glass of wine so on the recommendation of a foodie friend we set up shop in Bar 44 for probably the best tapas I've ever had. Thank god they're coming to Cardiff this summer!
Penarth is the wealthiest seaside resort in the Cardiff Urban Area, it was very popular during the Victorian era with people coming from all over the country to visit. It feels very different to Cardiff even though it's so close by. Maybe it was the sunshine (and the large glass of wine I'd had) but it felt like a mini holiday.
Having grown up in the Middle East I'm very spoilt when it comes to beaches and the kind of weather that precipitates going to the beach. Despite 10 years of living in the UK I'm still not used to this bizarre behaviour that happens with British people when the sun comes out, there were some very fearless people wearing shorts and paddling in the sea. As you can see by the photos I was battling with the wind and the abundance of rocks. I don't know if I'll be coming to Penarth for a beach picnic (I'll save that for an exotic visit to Barry Island instead) but it was so lovely to take a deep calming breath of fresh sea air.
This little adventure has got me excited for more sunshine and more trips away with friends.