19.10.2012 16 °C
Neil and I got up early this morning and had a picnic breakfast, at 7:30AM, in our room. We then drove to the Park and Ride for Chester and took the bus to the city centre. The old town was originally established by the Romans in the first century BCE. It is completely surrounded by a large wall and is the only town in England where the wall is completely preserved. Neil and I walked about a quarter of the way around the wall and saw the remains of both the Roman coliseum and another building that housed the baths, gym and games rooms. The bridge that spans the River Dee, which flows by Chester, near the university, connects it to Wales on the other side. This garrison city was established to ward off the barbarians from Wales. Another great feature of this walled city is the great number of half-timbered houses, which were built in the 1500 and 1600's. There are even a few buildings that date back to the 1200's. Neil and I bought a few souvenirs for ourselves and folks at home. I am finding that shopping while travelling is the best way to increase my collection of figurines for the Play Room. We took the bus back to the Park and Ride and made our way over to York. This was a long journey as we ran into Rush Hour in all the cities we passed on the way here. The GPS kept readjusting the ETA as we crawled along the motorway. Thank goodness for the Service Centres along the way where we could use the facilities and get a cup of coffee to keep us alert. All in all, I think it took us about 3 hours to make the journey. We guessed that we had spent about 90 minutes stuck in traffic. The hotel where we are staying has an in-house restaurant that serves decent food. Neil had lasagna and I had chicken curry and a glass of the house white; a satisfying meal.