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Oct 18, 2018 - Chester's Rows

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Manchester, Liverpool and Northwest England has to say about Chester’s Rows: “The Rows Besides the City Walls, Chester’s other great draw is the Rows, a series of two-level galleried arcades along the four streets that fan out in each direction from the Central Cross. The architecture is a handsome mix of Victorian and Tudor (original and mock) buildings that house a fantastic collection of individually owned shops. Just inside Southgate, known here as Bridgegate...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Chester

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Manchester, Liverpool and Northwest England has to say about Chester: “With a red-sandstone, Roman-era wall wrapped around a tidy collection of Tudor and Victorian-era buildings, Chester is one of English history’s greatest gifts to the contemporary visitor. The walls were built when this was Castra Devana, the largest Roman fortress in Britain. Beyond the cruciform-shaped historic centre, Chester is an ordinary, residential town; it’s hard to believe today, but...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Chester's Cathedral

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Manchester, Liverpool and Northwest England has to say about Chester’s Cathedral: “Chester Cathedral Originally a Benedictine abbey built on the remains of an earlier Saxon church dedicated to St Werburgh (the city’s patron saint), it was shut down in 1540 as part of Henry VIII’s dissolution frenzy, but reconsecrated as a cathedral the following year. Despite a substantial Victorian facelift, the cathedral retains much of its original 12th-century structure.”...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Chester's Walls

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Manchester, Liverpool and Northwest England has to say about Chester’s Walls: “City Walls A good way to get a sense of Chester’s unique character is to walk the 2-mile circuit along the walls that surround the historic centre. Originally built by the Romans around AD 70, the walls were altered substantially over the following centuries but have retained their current position since around 1200. Of the many features along the walls, the most eye-catching is the...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Chester

The day began with a walk to the center of Chester along the Chester Canal which linked Chester and the river Dee to the river Mersey at Ellesmeare. The canal opened in 1779 and today the old towpath is used as a pedestrian walkway avoiding the busy roads and for longboats which serve as canal homes. The city is enclosed by a two mile long stone wall dating from the Roman occupation between 70 and 80 AD. After lunch at the cathedral we took the opportunity to take a break for the afternoon from the hectic pace of travel and just relax with...

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Jul 25, 2017 - Travel Day

Today was a travel day from Mickleton in the Cotswolds northwest to Chester, about 15 miles from the Welsh border. Along the way we stopped Ironbridge, an area of coal mines and blast furnaces that was active in the mid to late 1700s. At Ironbridge the first steel bridge in the world was built in 1779 spanning the Severn River. The bridge was named a World Heritage site in 1986. Ironbridge was critical in advancing the industrial age in Great Britain. Next we spent several hours at Blists Hill, a living museum that recreates a typical...

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May 27, 2016 - go to Chester, if you get the chance!

Figuring yesterday had been about a 13 mile walk we chose to be lazy today and take the bus to Chester. It was a slow bus ride climbing through little villages along the way so lots to look at. A Welsh couple sitting beside us were happy to share their knowledge of the area although most of what she said was prefaced with “I’ve never actually been there but……”! They did tell us that if you are 60 and Welsh, the bus is free to ride – another great idea! When we jumped off the bus and came to the main plaza there was a busker singing his...

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Aug 18, 2015 - Lake District and Chester

August 18-Lake Country and Chester It wasn’t originally on my list, but as I reviewed the Rick Steves book on Great Britain I realized that we were close to the Lake Country. I had heard this referred to before, and I looked to see that it was only a few miles out of our way to visit it, and we could still reach Chester in time to check into our hotel. Susan wasn’t convinced it was a good idea, but I really wanted to see the stone circles at Castlerigg, and that was enough to get us going in that direction. Turns out it was a good decision....

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Jun 14, 2015 - Walking Chester Walls

We had moved on the Friday to a campground we had used before on Colwyn Bay. The weather on the Saturday was wet so we caught up with grocery shopping etc. Sunday was forecast to be sunny but cool so we decided we would head to Chester. We had intended to visit Chester from Wrexham but ran out of time and couldn’t stay any longer at the campground there. We had visited Chester over 20 years ago for a long weekend. The town was very busy even though it was a Sunday. In 79AD the Romans built Dev Castra their largest fortress in Britain. The...

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Sep 30, 2014 - I'm leaving on an airplane

Hi Everyone As the warm sunny days and the crisp clear nights of the Indian summer were still with us, we decided to stay in Scotland. We drove across Blackmoor, a huge expanse of wind swept hills, heather covered moors and dark hued lakes with a sky so big, full of clouds that tumbled and twirled across the horizon. In the middle of this beautiful but barren landscape stands a food truck that serves the best haggis and square sausage that you have ever tasted, we just had to stop and get our jaws locked around these fat laden delights! We...

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Sep 11, 2014 - Off to the land of the leprechaun

Wonderful day again. Sunny and 17 degrees in England. Drove to Chester. What an awesome old town built in the roman times. Old cobble streets in the "Rows". Quite the up scale shops but also great little tea rooms. Too early for the pubs! Back on the road and crossed into The northern part of Wales. Bilingual here too but English and Gaelic. Drove the countryside to the ferry where we had a 3 1/2 hour ferry ride. The Irish Sea was like glass. Great trip.

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Apr 13, 2014 - Chester

Chester is a place where people play a lot of chess. And that is why it is Chester. .retsehC si ti yhw si taht dnA .ssech fo tol a yalp elpoep erehw ecalp a si retcehC The problem is i don't remember about it. One thing I remember is that it is a place in england.

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