Snapshot: Cardiff and St. Fagans National Museum, Wales

Wales Millennium Centre

During our UK trip, we had a short half-day tour of Wales. One (of the two!) of the places that we went to see was the Wales Millennium Centre, or what they call Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru in Welsh. Apparently, if I remember right, one of the episodes of Dr. Who was shot here.

Wales Millennium Centre 1

According to our guide, there’s an angle where you can get a really nice shot of the Centre. That’s the spot I stood at when I took this photo. 🙂

There’s two things inscribed on the front of the building, a phrase in Welsh and another one in English.

According to Wikipedia..

The one in Welsh reads:

CREU GWIR
FEL GWYDR
O FFWRNAIS AWEN
(English: Creating Truth Like Glass From Inspiration’s Furnace).
And the one in English:
IN THESE STONES
HORIZONS
SING

We spent around 15 minutes in this place, and after that we went to St. Fagans National Museum of History – an open air museum that’s just a short drive away from Cardiff.

St Fagans National Museum of History 00

According to our guide, the houses and other structures that can be found here all came from different parts of Wales. As I understand it, most, if not all, are original structures. Most of them are farmhouses and houses, I think, and they were brought to St Fagans in order to show how people from Wales lived before and to see the Welsh heritage and culture.

St Fagans National Museum of History 01

There were also a lot of sheep there. Fun fact: Sheep actually outnumbers the people living in Wales. According to an article by the Independent (December 2016), sheep outnumber the people in Wales by three to one.

St Fagans National Museum of History 02

Can you guess what this structure is?

St Fagans National Museum of History 03

It’s a pigsty. According to our guide, it is mandatory in Wales to have the Welsh language accompany the English language when it comes to public signs (some examples would be road/traffic signs) as Welsh is their language in Wales. However, not much people in Wales are fluent in the Welsh language. Granted, if you live in Wales it is mandatory to study Welsh to a certain grade (forgot what). Anyway, with the Brexit and leaving the EU and all, some people in Wales are worried that there won’t be any more funding when it comes to placing Welsh in road/street signs and signs like this one as a huge part of the funding for this project comes from the EU as Welsh is one of the ‘protected’ languages. This is all according to what our guide said – not sure if that’s how Welsh people actually feel about this as I didn’t really ask around!

St Fagans National Museum of History 04

Another one of the structures that you can see when you visit St Fagans.

St Fagans National Museum of History 05

Turog bread. It sounds quite similar to a Filipino word, ‘Tulog’, which means ‘sleep’. Nearby there’s a kiosk that sells actual bread and if only I didn’t have an upset stomach I would definitely have had bought some! ;;

Since we had limited time and the fact that I wasn’t feeling well at the time, we ended up just going back the path we came from and trawling through the gift shop instead. I actually went home with some loot – that is, I bought little stuffed toy sheep and a toy rabbit lol.

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