Penarth: blue, calm and serenity

One Love – Blue

Salut, salut

While we’re currently on holidays in France, I wanted to write an escape post. I’ve several places I want to show you and I didn’t really know which one to post today but I saw those photos and I remembered exactly how I felt this day, on the 04th July, I posted a photo on Instagram saying “Just what I needed”. This echoes to our holidays because it is exactly what we needed too! Not for the same reason, obviously but to see our family, our coast, our environment.

So today we’re going to Penarth. Penarth is between Cardiff, where we live, and Barry, where I work. We went there 5mn when we crossed the barrage but we turned around just after until this day when we decided to go to the well-known pier. We parked up on the little hill and walked down to the rocky beach.

We walked along the beautiful promenade to the pier. What a beauty! It reminds me the one in Arcachon (see here), I love piers because I find them really poetic. This one is quite old and takes us back in time, back to the Victorian era, construction started in 1894 and opened in 1895. It was used by the Army during the 1st World War and was abandoned until 1929 when Penarth Borough Council bought it and boosted it with its Art Deco pavilion. It was used as a theatre, cinema, and from 1934 to 1939 as a ballroom. Then 2nd World War and… it closed. It re-opened in 1950, what a story! Nowadays, the pavilion includes a gallery, an auditorium, a 70 seats cinema, shops, restaurants and cafés… with a Bristol Channel view. Nice isn’t it?

Seat on a bench, look offshore, breathe in, breathe out, and tell yourself that everything is going to be okay.

On this day, 04th July, was a “feel blue” day. A day like that: you don’t want to go out but you want to get some fresh air, you’re hungry but you don’t want to eat, you want to be alone but with someone. It happens right after Manchester’s attacks on the 22nd May and Borough Market’s attacks on the 3rd July. British people have a different way of reacting in those cases, the famous “keep calm and going on”, whereas we tend to lower our heads and shut ourselves away, they tend to keep their heads up and walk together, determined to face the pain. I really like this cultural difference, it allows us to see things differently. The atmosphere was tensed, kind of tired but it was also the day of One Love Manchester concert organized by Ariana Grande so there was a hint of defiance and hope. For those days, nothing’s better than blue.

This fresh air was so good and this blue is amazing. Blue is my favourite colour, I find it soothing, comforting, and I like its shades. It reminds me of: the ocean, I grew up near the ocean, the sky where my head is often and the colour of some people’s eyes. Blue suits me, it comforts me.

We turned around and walked back to the car park. Instead of putting our little body back in the car right away, we walked to the cliff, it was a nice promenade. The Wales Coastal Path is awesome, you can explore the country by following the coast, you have a 1400km walk possible! From Chepstow (South East) to Queensferry (North East). We walked for a while to see the islands Flat Holm and Steep Holm then we came home.

I hope you enjoyed the promenade with us, I’m curious, tell me: what do you do on those “feel blue” days? During the next 5 days it’s all about celebration in Bayonne where I’m on holidays. If you want to see more of it, I invite you to look at the article I made 2 years ago on my French version of the blog, here, I’ll try to translate it soon.

Des bisous