I started drafting out this post whilst I was in Cardiff, last week. I was sitting on a bench in the middle of the street… The sun shining brightly and the wind in my hair (which had to be tied up so I could actually see what I was typing). Looking up, I could see stores lining up both sides of the street. The lampposts adorned with the Welsh flag hanging off them and lots of beautiful flowers hanging in the air. To my right was the street I had just came out of. A small side street known as “Royal Arcade”. In fact, it has now been marked in my memory as a place to revisit if I have the chance to go back.
Cardiff is a beautiful city with lovely architecture everywhere you look. It’s interesting to see a mix of the new and the old in a city – and I think that’s particularly noticeable here. There’s quite a few little alleyways with shops in them. Really sweet places like the Royal Arcade or others like the Morgan Quarter… Each housing different businesses.
These are just a few of the things that have stood out about the city, things that I’ve started to fall in love with in my short stay there. However, as a stationery addict, the real reason for this post does boil down to the small alleyway I mentioned at the start. In the Royal Arcade, there’s a large and beautiful stationery store that I’ve always wanted to visit. In fact, I’ve stalked them on Twitter for at least a year now but only last week did I have the opportunity to actually see it in person. This retailer is The Pen and Paper. Continue reading “The Pen and Paper, Cardiff”