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Cardiff - One of the best Trips of Summer 2011

National Geographic know a thing or two about travelling the world, so when they publish their list of the 10 Best Trips of Summer 2011 the people tend to take notice.

That's why we were thrilled to see that on the list at number 6 was Cardiff.  Now I know we are slightly biased but we've known all along that Cardiff with it's mixture of modern facilities alongside historic attractions is a great place to visit but it's now great to see National Geographic agreeing with us.

Joining us on the list were the likes of Patagonia, Alaska and Honduras.Here is what they've got to say about Cardiff:

Historically a city of castles and coal, Wales's capital is emerging as a modern sports-entertainment destination.  Summer action centers on Cardiff Bay, once the world's largest coal-exporting port, now a 500-acre freshwater lake with eight miles of waterfront. Surrounding diversions, part of Europe's largest waterfront development, include shopping and dining at Mermaid Quay, rafting and kayaking at Cardiff International White Water, and windsurfing and powerboating on the bay. Celebrate the August bank holiday weekend (August 27-29) at the Cardiff Harbour Festival featuring tall ships, free activities, and, new for 2011, the Breitling Wingwalkers aerobatic formation team.  From Mermaid Quay, take an Aquabus or water taxi up the River Taff or bike along the Taff Trail to Cardiff's compact city center.  Signature sites here include the free National Museum Cardiff (closed Mondays), iconic Cardiff Castle (host of the Grand Medieval Melee, August 13-14), the 150-store St. David's (named Global Retail Leisure International's 2010 international shopping center of the year), and Millennium Stadium, site of several London 2012 Olympic Games soccer matches.

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