Hi everybody! I wanted to share my impressions of Chester with you all because I had such a lovely time this last weekend and have returned home buzzing!.
It's not an in depth report, more an enthusiastic rave lol!!
This break was booked very recently as a suprise, curtesy of my long suffering OH who was desperate to cheer me up.
I had been behaving very badly throughout the winter months as I turn into a miserable, husband torturing, SAD monster,, evil b***h of a wife LOL! I just can't deal with these long Northern winters!!!
Anyway, we both badly needed a break and Chester has always been in our minds.
Somehow I had never been and have been harping on about a visit for years and years........ I never seemed to be in the right area, at the right time, to get there.
What a gob-smackingly beautiful city!! I absolutely LOVED it!!!!! (Even with the noisy excavation work going on in the centre) It really is a very special place.
We stayed in the Hoole area in the Hamilton Court Hotel. It was a fairly typical, small B&B, very clean, quite friendly and comfortable..... and the breakfasts were very, very good. (No designated parking so we parked on the road for the duration of the weekend)
No complaints there and it was only a 20 min walk into the centre.
My first impressions of the city were of complete amazement!!!
I am closely involved with York ( I have family there) and sort of expected it to be a rather poorer version........HOW .WRONG COULD I BE!!
The wealth of old architecture, the history and the walls are so stunning, it completely took me aback. Every street/area had so much to offer that it was completely overwhelming.
I just wasn't prepared for how much of it was there. It was much larger than expected but so accessible. We never felt too crowded and the atmosphere on the street was so laid back....It was almost continental lol!
Over the weekend, we walked for miles, up and along the walls and then down into the city.... All the usual tourist stuff like the museums, open top buses and the river cruise ( a combined ticket curtesy of the tourist info office) ........Everything on offer to see, do and experience was sampled! (Much too much to go into)
It was absolutely lovely and the weather was splendid.
We ate at the 'Refectory' by the cathedral on one night ( Good) and the next night, on recommendation, La Fattoria, Lower Bridge Street. ( This is an excellent place and always full, so book early or you won't get in)
In between we sampled the wares of the many good cake shops haha!.
BTW the only disappointment was Antonio's Gelateria in Northgate Street.......The coffee was very good but the toasted sandwich was so dire that I couldn't eat it.( I really don't know what happened there as I am not ridiculously fussy) Maybe they were having a bad day.
We had a smashing time in this beautiful place. It has so much to offer and I cannot praise it enough....A perfect place to explore, even if just for a couple of days.
However, you will all have to experience it for yourselves to believe it.. :O) :O)