I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Underdressed in Chester
Cruising into Chester at twilight
Two years ago, following our last
Narrowboat trip, we spent a week in the city of Chester, and really enjoyed it.
While exploring the city we discovered that the canal runs right along the old
city walls, so when planning this trip I worked Chester into it. After all,
last time I was only able to visit about ten of the 50 pubs within the walled city.
Mooring by the city walls
This time, we cruised into the city and
found a mooring spot right beside the city walls. A short walk along the canal
and we went through the gate into the city. As soon as we found the old section
of the city, we were surrounded by crowds of people all dressed up. Men in
suits and women in evening gowns and high heels. Although it was pouring rain,
no one was wearing raincoats, and only a few had umbrellas. It was cool, but
most of the girls were dressed in just fancy dresses. This was not the Chester
we recalled from two years ago. Looking for a place to eat was a challenge, as
most places were packed and had long lines waiting.
Found a pub . . .
Finally finding a pub with a table for six,
we asked what was going on. It was race weekend, and the big last horse race of
the year at Chester Downs was tomorrow and everyone was celebrating.
Here we were all dressed for narrowboating
in raingear (Yup, raining again today), so we really did not fit in with the
crowds of race revelers in Chester this evening.