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fiwen1010 wrote in tw_tourists
I just checked the poll results (thank you so much to everyone who's filled it in. You're all awesome) and it looks like about half of the peoplke who've responded have visited Cardiff for Torchwood.

I'm wondering, then, if people would be prepared to share memories of their trips. Even if I was there with you, I still want to know what it was like. There's some stuff come up in the recs post that I've never even heard of (and if you didn't go and recommend things to do, you definitely should). What was awesome, and what was rubbish? And what was the best thing ever?

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I've been to Cardiff two times, in August 2010 and in August 2011, both times for three days after I've been in London for a few days. Both trips had a Torchwood background, but more in the "meeting friends" sense than in the overly fannish sense, because I wasn't really in the fandom anymore at those times.

The first time I visited Cardiff with a friend, we came from London and spent one day just sightseeing in Cardiff. We went around the city with the bus, went for a walk at the bay, visited the Millennium Centre, the castle and the museum. The next day we met up with friends from the Torchwood fandom (Hysterical Women) and visited the Ianto shrine, the Plass, the Doctor Who exhibit and in the evening we went to the Buffalo Bar for a truly great Blue Gillespie concert.

The best thing about this trip was that Sherlock had just been on TV and I was a fan already. After we were in Cardiff I finally found out that many scenes had been filmed there, like the one in the museum where we'd just been! :D

The second time I went to a Cardiff for a reunion, many people of last year's group were there again. We "refreshed" the shrine, had lots of fun going to dinner together, took the water taxi and went to Bute Park (had a picnic there), went shopping in the city... it was wonderful. The next day we rented two cars and actually dared to drive to the Brecon Beacons. That was an adventure! We visited "Torchwood castle" and found the spot in the Beacons where they filmed the cannibal episode. A very surreal moment, but it was also breathtakingly beautiful up there. From there we decided to go to the sea and drove to Swansea, where we had our farewell dinner.

I really like Cardiff, the atmosphere there is great, and I'll happily return - mabye next year. :)

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