Ok so I made Angela leave the hotel MUCH earlier than planned and we had been debating the whole "should we stay or should we go" thing the whole night... and honestly after the whole drug witness and feeling really out of sorts in that location, I had made the decision to seek out the Ibis (sort of like Holiday Inn here) there in Cardiff to see about checking in.... after we went to the Dr. Who Experience. But first, we were super early so we sat on the wall by the bay under the trees and enjoyed watching the swans - there are a LOT of immature ones - aka less than 3 years old in the area (we found this out on the boat tour later) Between them, the ducks and the nice sunny day I was quite happy to sit there and watch the school kids and the rest of the world walking by.
Then we were off to the Dr. Who Experience. To make those feel better about the experience I'll tell you straight up, I'm glad I went. I don't feel it was worth the amount of money spent to go, but it was fun, it was interesting and it was entertaining. It is a 2 to 3 hour effort - period. It's in a building that looks to be removable. (doctorwho.tv) It is NOT built for summer. The bottom half is the "Gallifrey Museum"
Beginning in the Gallifrey Museum, be part of an interactive adventure with the Twelfth Doctor through space and time, then step behind the scenes into the world's largest collection of props, sets and costumes from the iconic TV show.
is exactly how they describe it on the site. It is just that. An interactive walk through "ride" of Dr. Who with popups of the 12th Dr on screen to direct the "man/girl" to show you where to go and what to do. To the "boy/girl's" defense they are wearing robes and it's designed to let ANYONE lead the tour through, so in all reality, that part is rather ingenious and cute.
Younger kids had some issues with the things you would run into as they are all the villains. the Dalek, the Weeping Angels ... the only thing that moved was the Dalek as the part with the weeping angels was very wiggly and someone would have bolted as they are quite scary to see up close when the lights flash on! A few of the younger kids were hiding with mom and crying.
Again, glad I did it, glad I got the media packs just because it was cute and I'm sure individually they did add up to cost, so not much saved there, I'm sure, but it was fun to bring home a pack for Liz and have a pack for Angela too. I bought a child pack for her as she wsa under the age limit - but the child's sizes were small. We asked really nice and they exchanged her media pack for the adult pack, so they were very nice and accommodating that way.
I needed to have borrowed my friend Sherry's socks!!
Yes, the beer here is Brains Beer... strange place this Cardiff....
This place was found on our walk to find the Ibis hotel. Find it we did ... and we went ahead and purchased the room and made the decision to move to said room as we had discovered we had WAY too much time to spend in Cardiff and we could afford to take a partial day and move into this new hotel.