Casanova – an Italian in Cardiff


Wine of the day is from Puglia

We only did have one dinner time in Cardiff so we wanted to enjoy a nice dinner. In such days we almost always trust to Tripadvisor and choose a restarant in the first 10% of that city’s restaurants. There have been times that this disappointed us, however, Casanova for sure was not one of them.

Un exegerated decoration

Un exegerated decoration

We made our reservation, took a taxi and went to the restaurant. It is a very small family run place, where very few tables are set, some very simple pictures on the walls, a warm welcome and a warm atmosphere. But there isn’t much thing that reminds you of Italy.

Simple and tasty plates

Simple and tasty plates

Menu is just like the decoration, simple, all the prices are the same and have a wide range of wine list. Our choice was from Puglia, Di San Marzone, a wine of a small family enterprise.

Wine and dine was just right, however, the place needs some improvement.


Lovely day out in Cardiff


Cardiff Arcades

Our second stop at our Great Britain trip after Leicester was Cardiff. During our life in Leicester about 20 years ago, we have been to lots of lots of places all around Britain, but Wales was not one of those. So it was always in my mind to visit Wales too.

If you asked me what I kept in my mind about Cardiff, arcades of Cardiff would probably be in the first place to remember. A signature of Cardiff, where local, independent small shops and little cafes get along perfectly well in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Arcades of Cardiff.


Cardiff Arcades

However of course there were lots of more to see and do with our son. With our science addict son, science museums are always a must see for us. So of course Techniquest has been our first stop of Hop on Hop off bus. Unlike many other science museums like San Francisco, Warsaw, Munich or Tokyo, this one is rather a small one, just big enough to enjoy some science and leave in about an hour so that you do not spend the half of the day visiting a museum.







On a sunny Cardiff day, after a nice hour at Techniquest, you can enjoy a small walk to the Mermaid Quay where the smell of the sea adds joy to your lunch.


Mermaid Quay

A Britain visit would not be complete without a visit to Gourmet Burger Kitchen. And the one at Mermaid Quay looked just right with open air area with the view of boats and people.


GBK Menu


Our father is ordering our long list of orders


And a happy end

Of course the above picture is not what our son ate. As you may have guessed he finished the hamburger, before I could even take a picture. And a Pinor Noir excorted to our people watch activity.


Cardiff story museum


Cardiff Story Museum

From the Mermaid Quay, we take our Hop and Hop off bus back to city center to visit the Arcades and streets of Cardiff. Indoor market and Cardiff Story Museum are some landmarks to visit.


Indoor market of Cardiff


Flowers at Cardiff indoor market


And a must eat in Cardiff

The Welsh Cakes taste as good as they look and they perfectly match the joy of exploring the streets and arcades of Cardiff.

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