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    • Day 21

      He seemed quite friendly until . . .

      May 17, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      …. he heard our Australian accents - at which time he pulled a sword on us, muttering darkly ‘didn’t we send you people all off somewhere in boats years ago? - they obviously didn’t finish the job properly’😳

      We arrived in Chester this morning after about 1.15 hr very scenic drive up the coastline and then inland to cross the border back into England, then shortly after arriving in Chester - the oldest Roman base in the UK. It was essentially built as a fortified city as a defence against the wild Welsh to the southwest.

      Having been so frugal yesterday, I felt justified in lashing out and late last night purchased online a ‘hop on / off’ bus tour, combined with a short boat cruise on the river Dee - all at a discounted, combined online price, of course.

      Our accommodation was situated right at the racecourse which is the oldest racecourse in both England (and indeed the world). Having arrived at about 10am, we were way too early to check in, so had a coffee while we waited for the open top bus which came right past the front door.

      The bus commentary was very informative as we made the circuitous route around the city. We spotted the Chester Christadelphian hall along the way and decided we would go there for Bible Class tonight. However, we discovered on checking their website that it is held Tuesday evenings 😔.
      We exited the bus at the Riverboat stop. The half hour trip up the river Dee on the boat was relaxing and similarly informative and by this stage we felt we were getting a feel for the layout of the city.
      On return to the dock, it was now time to start exploring the city by foot. Highlights included:
      *A circumnavigation on foot of the ancient walls,
      * Admiring the ‘second most photographed clock’ in the UK
      *The unique 13thC timber houses called ‘The Rows’.
      * Shopping for some gloves for Loss (which will possibly be needed in Scotland but almost definitely in Iceland) to replace one which had been inadvertently lost along the way.
      * Loss finding £5 on the Roman walls pavement! (our first cash since Windsor Castle)
      * Checking out the Roman amphitheatre - the largest and most complete found in the UK.
      * Finding the ruins of a ‘Hypocaust’ directly underneath a cafe (as advised by one of my patients who had grown up here and told me about it recently)
      * Seeing the purpose built aircraft (Airbus Beluga) in the sky that flies Airbus wings manufactured here at Chester to the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France for final assembly.
      * Having an excellent dinner on a warm English evening, overlooking the Racecourse and enjoying a pint that was ‘on the house’ because the waitress said I would earn it if I could find the picture hung upside down on the walls of the bar / restaurant. (This I did while waiting for Loss to come back from the WC).
      * Avoiding being ‘terminated’ by our Roman army soldier friend.

      All in all, a successful day.
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    • Day 32


      June 3, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      We then moved from Wales back into England and the County of Cheshire for a night in the County capital, Cheshire, a UNESCO Workd Heritage site on the River Dee.

      Chester is an ancient and pretty town that was full of life this Saturday afternoon. The FA Cup Final was on, so the pubs were full of supporters from both teams. I chose to find a pub to watch the game, whilst Debbie went on the town tour.Read more

    • Day 14


      July 17, 2017 in England ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

      After stocking up on breakfast supplies last night and Phil popping out to the local award winning butcher this morning we had a delicious breakfast before walking out the front door and heading into Chester proper.
      The skies are blue! That's exciting, its been a while.
      We are in a lovely old original two bed estate cottage just outside the City Wall.
      Today we are going to 'relax' compared to recent days, well that's the plan.
      Our walk took us into the city looking around at the old streets including the Chester Rows which are the streets that had a second row of shops on another street above ground level.
      We kept walking thru the city to the rear of the Cathedral when the Falconry resides. Our show had been cancelled for a private booking and the only other show was not for a few hours.
      In the meantime we decided we would walk the circuit of the City Wall which has a footpath on top of it.
      Half way around the wall runs along the river and we noticed that cruises were happening and people were hiring row boats and motor boats. On such a glorious day it seemed a must so we went down and hired a motor boat and putted up and down the river checking out the prime real estate and views.
      We dropped the motor boat back, bought an ice cream and climbed back up on the wall to finish our circuit arriving back at the Falconry with 15 mins to spare.
      One of the handlers was showing around a python so I decided to hold it too. I was surprised it was smooth, soft and warm and didn't try to strangle me.
      The birds of prey came next and showcased three birds over 50 mins. During the show I had a chance at catching one of the birds. He just glided in from one of the trees and landed on my gloved arm.
      After the show we went into the Cathedral, which is huge. The interior was incredible and that big you could probably get lost. Apart from it having so must history they also showcase many modern sculptures.
      After the Cathedral it was time for refreshments, dropping into a tavern that served 2 for 1 cocktails all day.
      Next was another restaurant/bar and then an old hotel where we enjoyed a relaxing chat with the manager, barman and retired golf pro.
      If we had stopped at each tavern between the city and our cottage we would be curled up somewhere between here and there very tired and emotional.
      That's Chester done for us!

      Phil - this was to be our relaxing day. We still walked miles. Wendy was brave holding the snake. We did our mini pub crawl, 3 establishments, to get home. There are pubs everywhere here, each usually with about 5 drinkers. Not sure how they all exist, but at least we helped them out today.
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