Chester and Beyond

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Chester and Beyond Nov 18, 2017
I changed trains at Manchester Piccadilly England, to the train for Chester Cheshire England. A boring journey taking an hour and a half,stopping at sixteen stations on the way. Arriving at Chester cheered me up.-- I stayed in Chester at the Belgrave Hotel for three nights, using it as a base for trips off.----- The city of Chester was founded by the Romans as Deva Victrix. So with 2000 years of history , plenty to see.-- I walked a full circuit of the city wall, which is two mile long. From the wall i passed the back of the Chester cathedral, the Falconry nature gardens,the castle, racecourse, the university building,boats on the River Dee, and the Eastgate Clock. Good views from the walls.----- In the city centre i visited the cathedral.free admission but donations welcome.The cathedral is built of red sandstone , saw the Roman Amphitheatre and the world famous "rows". The Rows are double deck shops, some are 700 years old.The two-tier galleries are mostly black and white half timbered buildings. The Rows spread out over Four Streets.-- Chester today has a population of around 100,000.---In Foregate street is a bus stop,for the City Rail Link, Bus from city centre to rail station, quite busy ,i used it several times as my hotel was near the rail station. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------I took a trip by train to LLandudno Junction in Wales, a journey of about 45 minutes, here i boarded a bus for Conwy a short distance to the Welsh town over the bridge over the river Conwy. Conwy is a small charming place, with a huge castle,town wall, both of which can be visited. The riverside by the river Dee is very pleasant, here can be found "The smallest house in Britain".I enjoyed a meal in the "The Archway Fish & Chip Cafe"lovely. There is also a Takeaway.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My second trip was by bus to Wrexham in Wales about 45 minutes. Wrexham looked just ordinary so continued by bus to Llangollen. This a pretty place on the river Dee. It is a small compact town with a town wall. Lovely scenery around. Llangollen has held the Eisteddfod of Wales since 1947. Song,Poetry, Art Etc.- There is a heritage railway centre down by the river. Trains run mainly in the Spring and Summer and on special occasions.----- This short holiday was in November, and i had dry cold weather. Nice time.
Chester, East gate clock.
Chester cathedral.
High Cross and The Rows.
Half timbered buildings.
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