Well, we waited long enough and it was over too soon even though we stretched it out to four fantastic days (+practice days). I’m not a great golfer but I did get caught up in the excitement here in Newport. I’m not sure how many of the spectators really got to see Newport, I suspect not a lot, but I’m positive the Usk Valley will get many repeat visitors. At least we have a new train station in Newport as a souvenir of one of the world’s best sporting events. I also met some great people and walked miles and miles which can’t be bad but I was very tired after it all.
So it was nice to spend last week with a group of Opera buffs from Switzerland, on tour with us, who knew nothing of golf but one heck of a lot about Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss and were in Cardiff to enjoy the Welsh National Opera Autumn Season. We had a few little surprises for them such as a private performance by the Morriston Orpheus male voice choir singing a wide range of music from their repertoire. A solo harp performance by Glenda Clwyd in the castle in St Fagan on Saturday afternoon was a real highlight. All crowned by a fantastic performance of “Ariadne auf Naxos ” in the Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday night. In between all these events the weather was great and they saw South Wales at its Autumnal best.
Can’t help thinking after a busy couple of weeks that Wales really is a destination that can seriously punch above its weight. World class sports and cultural events back to back – not a bad place to live and work.