Good morning, Vagabuddies. We have been traveling around Wales for the last week, and we’re going to finish things strong here in the capital of Wales, Cardifff. It’s a beautiful sunny day, and we have 24 hours to make the most here in Cardiff. We’re going to do a bunch of stuff, but it’s early so first things first…. coffee. This morning we didn’t really know where to get a coffee, so we tweeted out for recommendations, and a guy named Peanut Turner, whose Twitter handle is Peanut Is Mint, recommended this place, Coffee Barker in the Castle Quarter Arcade. It’s pretty cool. It’s a beautiful, old building and this super “vibey” little coffee shop. We’ve gotten some avo toast with egg. Mark got some bacon and sausage, a cortado and a flat white, and it’s just really cool when you guys get to tell us where to go and you give us these stellar recommendations. Thank you Peanut Turner. We’re right across the street from Cardiff Castle, which we’re going to explore next. One of the main features of Cardiff are all these Edwardian and Victorian arcades, not like video game arcades, but arcades as in covered malls with natural sunlight, which is cool because even if it’s raining, you can still explore all these shops, and it makes it feel like it’s a bit sunnier than it could be. We just got to Cardiff Castle, which has been the center of town since Roman times when they built a fort here. It’s pretty cool because there very distinct layers of history in this castle complex. The Romans founded it. In 1066 when the Normans came, they built the Castle Keep, which is in the center of the castle complex. In the 1800s, the Victorians updated the whole thing with their very unique flair. There’re some really quirky things in the Victorian side of the building, but first we’re going to check out the Norman Castle Keep. It’s pretty awesome….great view up here from the top of the castle keep. Obviously, this was a strategic location. They would have been able to see all the surrounding countryside to protect from invasion. Pretty crazy to think that the Normans, which were Vikings who invaded France, went on to invade England and also Wales. It’s pretty nuts that they made it all the way here. It’s just crazy that there are so many castles in Wales. It has 600 castles, which is more than any other country in Europe. And it points to that history, what you just said, of this being an area that fought off occupation from the Romans, the Normans, and the English. Castles like these are present in every single city, in every single town. That was part of what was needed at the time to make military stability here. At this point in the 1800s, this part of the castle, the whole castle, was owned by the Buede family. The Buede family at the time was the richest family in Europe and possibly the world, and that was because of coal exporting. The hills behind Cardiff are big coal mining communities. And this family grew extremely rich through mining. You can see the opulence of this room is a product of that…… a testament to how wealthy they were. They built this room called the Arab Room. It was designed by the architect William Burgess, and it was inspired by his travels through the Orient, the French Orientalist style. Even though this is on a small scale, it’s incredibly opulent. It’s incredibly detailed. And all this gold……. it’s not just gold paint, it’s real gold. What’s cool about this room is that it has a very interesting blend of oriental and European styles. You get images of animals and things that just would not appear in Islamic artwork. It’s kind of awesome to have a blend of these two styles. It’s not known how much this costs, but it would have been millions. It’s just so impressive to see. We’re outside the castle now, and another cool thing is the animal wall here, which was built by the same family in the 1890s. They made all these cool statues. It was like a zoo, kind of thing here on the wall…. a little seal, an orangutan. That’s not an orangutan; it’s a baboon. Let us know. If you had your own animal wall, what animal would you put on the wall? Basically, we’re asking you what is your spirit animal? Let us know. According to an online quiz, I am an owl. And I am a hawk! Right guys…the day continues. We’re on our way to meet up with Sian from Loving Welsh Foods who’s going to take us to the Cardiff indoor market and give us a little break down on some traditional Welsh food. What’s the story behind this market? This was over 200 years ago where all the farmers used to come and sell their cattle and sheep. Nowadays, it just a quirky center with food shops, material shops, gift shops. But you can still get food, right? Yes, loads of food. What types of traditional Welsh foods can you find in this market? We’re going to try lava bread, which is our Welsh seaweed. It has nothing to do with actual…like.. molten lava? No. We’re then going to try some lovely cheeses. We’ve got a hundred different cheeses in Wales. We have a nice little spread…. four different cheeses. We’ll be starting from the softest to the strongest. This is like a Welsh take on brie. Bon appetite. Hmm. It’s good. I love cheese…you might know this. The stinkier, the better. This is Perl Las, which is Welsh for “Blue Pearl.” We’ve officially found the coolest shop in the market. Marko’s got himself a bit of a top hat. I’ve got myself a little bowler hat. Nice to meet you. This is my steampunk version with a stove hat. What do you think? We are going to hop on a water taxi and try to catch the sunset. Now we’re down at the water front. This wharf was the point of export for all the natural oars, minerals and coal that was mined inside Wales. It was put on canals and barges and exported from here around the world. Time for a drink. Alex always likes to say……. “Well day has turned into night, and it’s time to put the nosebag on and have some dinner.” Cardiff is known very much for its nightlife, but we’re going to start off in this place called the Potted Pig, which has 36 types of gin, a great G&T, and serves up some amazing food. I’ve got the Brecon gin, which is from Penderyn, the distillery we visited yesterday in Brecon Beacons. Very nice. I got the Heyman’s Old Tom which is a recipe from the 1870s. It’s got hints of elderberry and mint. And I just like saying “elderberry.” The space in here is really cool; we’re underground, and this used to be vaults of a bank. It’s a really cool atmosphere. We ordered the duck and the lamb, both are Welsh, and they look delicious. We’ve got two more gin and tonics, and it’s time to eat. All right, Brother. Cheers. Last pint of the trip. At least we’re doing it in one of Wales’ best craft breweries at Tiny Rebel. It’s been an incredible trip so far. The last week has been eye opening. It’s been an adventure through a corner of the U.K. that we’ve never experienced before. We knew a couple things about Wales. We didn’t know very much. We knew that the language was unique, that the culture was very old and very different from the rest of the U.K. And we knew that Wales was wild and beautiful. One of the foundations of Vagabrothers as a travel channel is the idea that the world is a cultural mosaic; that every single place is a different tile, slightly different look at the world. I think that a lot of foreigners, at least back home in the States, they kind of look at the U.K. as this monolithic/ single culture. It’s so much more diverse than people realize. We learned a lot. We saw some really cool traditions. We had a ton of fun. The world’s fastest zipline was pretty crazy. What was the best moment for you? I really like Conwy. I liked Conwy Castle. I just loved the situation of the town with the castle on the estuary and the mussels that we had right afterwards. Yum. That was really cool. Fore me, personally, driving through Snowdonia, seeing the snow capped hills, stumbling upon those wild horses. Foraging….foraging, yeah. That was so cool. Anyways, guys, we’re curious to hear what your favorite moments were. Don’t hesitate to drop a comment. Let us know what your favorite moment of the trip was, what your favorite vlog was. Make sure to tag your friends. Give this video a thumbs-up if you enjoyed it, if you enjoyed the series. Remember to subscribe and turn on notifications if you have not already. Big thanks to Visit Britain and Visit Wales for helping us make this series possible. Stay tuned for bonus material. We’ve made a video about trying to pronounce some Welsh town names, which we are going to do very, very poorly. In the meantime, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you on the road. Cheers.