A cultural 100 steps along City Road

scan0006Seeing as I enjoyed my first 100 steps a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d have another go.

Cardiff is a very culturally ecclectic city, and nowhere is a better example of that than City Road, just a short walk from my home. From food shops to hairdressers and pubs to restaurants, City Road has the biggest diversity of businesses that I have ever seen on one street. Here are my first 100 steps along City Road:

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Milgi is one of my favourite local restaurants. It is completely vegetarian, as voted for by their customers, and has a really relaxed atmosphere.

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A shisha cafe, increasingly popular in Cardiff.

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The Baghdad Market, next door to the old bowling alley. The disused building is now a canvas for street art.

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You really can get food from all over the world on City Road.

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As I was walking along City Road, I realised just how long it is, so I took another 100 steps:

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I’d never noticed this shop before. New businesses pop up all the time, and disappear just as quickly. This one seems to sell almost everything!

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From a specialist barbers…

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And a sign of sadder times – one of the many shops that has closed down.

 

100 steps

Last week I discovered yet another fantastic interactive idea whilst exploring other people’s blogs. 100 Steps encourages you to explore your environment, and really notice the details whilst you’re doing it. Pick a starting point, take a photo, count 100 steps and take another photo. What did you notice on the way?

For my first 100 steps, I decided to start from the place I probably know best at the moment – my home.

This is the view from outside my front door. I’m very lucky to live on a beautiful park.

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First of all, I walked 100 steps down my street. It surprised me how short a distance 100 steps is. Below is my photo after 100 steps. As you can see, our street is lined on both sides by big, beautiful trees. As much as we are keen to keep as much natural green areas as we can in the city, these trees are also causing lots of accidents because they are so big that their roots lift up the pavement, sometimes feet away from where the trunk of the tree is. Because of this, some of the trees have been chopped down. This tree stump is a reminder to me of the constant balance we have to achieve between the natural world and modern living.

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Once I’d taken my first 100 steps, I was hooked! This next photo is of 100 steps into the park – our new outdoor swimming pool that I showed you the other day. I promise I will take some photos of the park in the summer so that you can see how great it usually is when it’s not flooded. I love the fact that I live in a city, but within 100 steps of my home I am in the tranquil oasis of the park.

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And finally, 100 steps in another direction, towards the hustle and bustle of the city. This corner shop used to be one of three independent local shops on this street. The other two have since been taken over by big brand chains. Although we shop at chains as well, we are very proud of our independent shops in our neighbourhood, but unfortunately more and more disappear every year. This little corner shop was one of my favourites because the old man who owned it would charge everyone different prices depending on how much he liked you. I was lucky, he liked me. It was probably one of the main reasons they had to close.

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Thanks to Chittle Chattle for introducing me to 100 steps. It’s helped me to see my neighbourhood in a whole new light. Click here if you want to join in and take 100 steps too.