Saturday, 10 June 2017
10.06.2017 - 10.06.2017
Today's port is Liverpool on the West Coast of England. Our arrival was delayed due to a miscalculation of the tide conditions. That's the story anyway.
Weather predictions we not favourable but the rain held off while we made our way to the tour coach, Peggy, our guide for today, was a lovely lady with the most cultured English accent and the demeanour of a school mistress. During the two hour drive from Liverpool to Chester she maintained an unbroken commentary of historical facts and a detailed insight to the current state of affairs.
Our driver performed some minor miracles to manoeuvre the coach through the narrow back streets of Chester to deliver us to our first stop. Lunch at a local hotel for three coach-loads was elegantly served and an hour later we were guided through some narrow lanes to Chester Cathedral. This 13th century Norman cathedral has been rebuilt and restored over the many years and contains examples of many different architectural styles. Peggy reeled off the many dates and key features of this grand building.
With the constant threat of rain we were then invited to spend an hour exploring the streets of Chester. The many cobbled streets are mostly restricted to pedestrian traffic. The many and varied historic periods of development make for a spectacular range of photo opportunities. The occasional light shower did not deter our appreciation and enjoyment.
Back on the coach we we travelled to North Wales. From motorways to country lanes we passed through towns, villages and hamlets to the small village of Llangollen on the Dee river. Apart from the picturesque location and the many historic buildings, Llangollen famously hosts an International Eisteddfod. The sun managed to break through briefly and provided a brief view of the spectacular valley setting. White cottages against an emerald green.
Back on the coach and a winding journey back to Liverpool along the narrow country lanes with views to deep valleys and a landscape divided by hedgerows and dotted with sheep.
Arrived back at the ship around 19:15 and managed sufficient energy to make it to Deck 15 for a brief meal. I started this story but the many spelling errors demonstrated my inability to focus on the task. By 21:45 I shut down the computer and retired. Jenny was not too pleased when I restarted this task at 05:10. Sorry if this episode is recorded in a somewhat fractured fashion.
Belfast later today.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony