Goodbye from Cardiff Girl

After around nine years I’ve decided to close Cardiff Girl Blog.

I was going to just stop and not bother announcing it (I mean, does anyone really care?) but there is something I want to say about Cardiff and blogging in general. And isn’t the point of having a blog to be able to share your personal views? So here it is….

I started Cardiff Girl Blog because I truly think Cardiff is the best city in the UK. Yes it has its faults (Cardiff Council, please stop erecting ugly student flats in place of historic buildings and stop developing houses in areas where schools are already over-subscribed and traffic at a standstill most mornings.)

No, Cardiff isn’t perfect but we’re so lucky to have amazing green spaces and parks; world-class museums and historical landmarks, which are often free to enter; a vibrant theatre and arts scene; fantastic libraries (me again Cardiff Council, please don’t close them) and top-class sporting options. I love the fact that we have one of the UK’s biggest stadiums right in the City centre; head into town on a Six Nations match day and if you’re not careful you’ll soon be wearing a daffodil head, singing Sosban Fach while waving a pint of Brains dark in one hand and an inflatable sheep in other. To me the atmosphere has never felt threatening or unsafe.

And some people are rather snooty about Cardiff’s food scene. No, there’s not a Michelin star to be found in the city, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an exciting place to eat. Do people in Cardiff and the surrounding area really want to eat Michelin-style food regularly anyway? A few solid options have made their mark in recent years (Asador 44, the Potted Pig, The Chapel) and there are some really exciting pop-ups happening; do check out the Dirt vegetarian pop-up if you have a date near you, I visited twice this year and they were among my stand-out meals of 2018.

I’ve heard people moaning about the amount of chain restaurants in Cardiff too, but that’s something I really don’t agree on. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced meal, with good-quality and varied options to please a whole family then Bill’s, Jamie’s, Wahaca or Yo Sushi are my go-to. The busy tables prove the general public in Cardiff agree. Oh, and Wahaca’s margarita cocktails are still the best in the city. Don’t @ me.

And my absolute favourite thing about Cardiff? There’s always a friendly face. It’s small enough that whenever I’m shopping in to town (oh, the Arcades are brilliant too – are you even a Cardiffian if you don’t pop into Wally’s to get some German biscuits?) or if I’m out meet to friends for dinner, I always see someone I know. And generally people are friendly. They chat on trains, in queues and at bars. Of course, all cities have their dark or dodgy sides but I rarely feel unsafe in Cardiff.

I have so many ideas which I think would help this blog to really showcase Cardiff, which is why I set it up in the first place, but I don’t have the time to do it justice and honestly? It’s become a burden.

Many people are dismissive of bloggers, but I have huge admiration for those blogs that are able to produce regular, well-researched and engaging content, often while juggling a paid job or family life (or both). Among my favourites are Cardiff Mummy Says,Gourmet Gorro and Hungry City Hippy.

All that remains is for me to say thank you to anyone who’s bothered to read any of my ramblings in the last few years. And to Cardiff; I bloody loves you, I do.

Katie x

If you’re interested I’ll still be posting some Cardiff-related pictures on Instagram at @katie_chappelle and general musings on Twitter @katie_chappelle

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