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A grand day out in Bristol


A Sunday trip to Bristol, well come on, who could say 'no'? On meeting outside Cardiff Central train station, Tristan and the students noted that the ominous, grey skies overhead suggested that they were going to need their umbrellas shortly.

The first topic for discussion on the train to Bristol was the history of Wales and in particular St. Illtud, the 5th century religious leader who founded the town of Llantwit Major (Welsh: Llaniltud Fawr = the town/church of Saint Illtud), taught St. David and St. Patrick and is supposed by some to have been the inspiration behind the character of Sir Galahad in the Arthurian tradition.

The whole group together

On arriving in Bristol the group took a bus from Temple Meads to the city centre and had brunch in a restaurant by the harbour. A journey by boat to Hotwells was the next part of the trip, taking in SS Great Britain and watching families of swans following people along the waterside in the hope of food.

Our group took a meandering route from Hotwells to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and visited the new information centre. They discussed the incredible vision of men like Brunel, having already seen two of his most notable engineering feats in the space of one hour, and enjoyed looking at the alternative plans for the bridge which were submitted alongside Brunel's own, but rejected.
Students having interesting chat
The walk back to Bristol centre took the group through picturesque Clifton, with its characteristic Georgian architecture and steep, winding roads. The students also had fun having their photos taken in front of the famous Banksy graffiti (a naked man hanging out of a window) opposite College Green.

Thamer and Mohammed with Clifton Suspension Bridge in the background

After that, the group had a walk around the outside of the Cathedral and, following a stop for a coffee inside @Bristol, it was time to take the bus back to the station, and from there the train home. The group had done a lot of walking and seen many things, and after saying their goodbyes at Cardiff Central station everyone went home for a well-deserved rest. It was a great day and, despite the  clouds which had been hanging overhead through much of the day, the group hadn't seen a single spot of rain!
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Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.

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