Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Here’s a collection of photos taken from my trip up to Cardiff earlier this week. They’re nothing special – just a series of snapshots taken as I scuttled around town heading home for a family Christmas.  Hope you like them!

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Cardiff’s rightly famous for its wonderful Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades.

Wikipedia says that Cardiff is known as the “City of Arcades”, due to the highest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary indoor shopping arcades in any British city. I have to say that’s news to me.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

The much travelled Tom Jones cardboard cut out has settled nicely into his new home in the relocated Spillers records store.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Restored in 2011 at a cost of £25,000, the H. Samuel Everite Time clock remains without the hands that disappeared some time after 2007 – and it’s been a long time since the neon letters were illuminated.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Packing away the goods in Cardiff’s Central Market.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

I’m not entirely sure what this drummer was doing on Queen Street but he sure was making these kids happy!

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Fruit stall, Queen Street.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Lady selling illuminated toys, Park Place.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Thornhill, 1am.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Stars and the spire of St John’s church.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Festive anti-intruder security advertising.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Cardiff Underground map.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Tabernacle is a Welsh-language Baptist chapel in The Hayes in the centre of Cardiff, Wales. It is a Grade II* listed building, dating from 1821.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Building underground a dramatic reconstruction, Bridge Street.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

The Little Man Coffee Company, Bridge Street.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

CCTV watches over Santa’s Grotto.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Many locals were unimpressed with Cardiff’s ‘artificial’ Christmas tree, a golden, bauble-laden creation which arrived late from China.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Low winter sun over Cardiff Castle.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frozen grass, Bute Park.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Icy feet.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Artwork, Womanby Street.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

It was disappointing to see the lack of the traditional discarded beer bottle/traffic cone (or rubbish bin) occupying the outstretched hand of this statue for John Batchelor in the Hayes.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Taking a break, Coffee Underground.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

There’s a ruddy huge redevelopment taking place outside Cardiff Central (General) station.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Bent bollards, Great Western Lane.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

Cardiff Central’s wonderful glazed platform signs.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

The sign that every traveller dreads: the rail replacement notice.

Frosty feet, market scenes, CCTV Santa and Chinese baubles: Cardiff photos, December 2016

A quick peek at the wonderful Gwdihw Cafe Bar as the bus slowly headed off to the ‘Port.

See more Cardiff and Wales photos here and chat about Wales here.