I was away last weekend, a mini break in Chester, a city I haven't visited for at least twenty years. My memories of Chester weren't actually that positive, I don't remember enjoying the historical sites (I was always a much bigger fan of York and still desperate to visit York again) and on my last visit as a young teenager I don't remember the shops being any good at all.
I decided we should go to Chester rather than York as I thought it would be nice to visit Chester Zoo again - although I'll have to save those snaps for another time - all taken without flash of course! As this was partly for James birthday and partly to mark the year that has passed since my surgery. I hadn't planned much time in Chester itself we only had 3/4 of a day when we first arrived and half a day before travelling back to do stuff in Chester - I hadn't planned much other than a walk of the walls. I hadn't even planned where we would eat in the evenings but we ended up going to just a chain tapas place the first evening, La Tasca the next evening we went out again, I thought we would just crash in the room after the zoo but I was in the mood for a nice pizzeria and a quick search online found me La Fattoria, we went without booking and had to queue but it was worth the wait, a lovely place with very reasonably priced food and friendly service. I can now conclude that my parents didn't make the most of the historical attractions in Chester (this isn't usually like my mum) and the shops, even with the recent high street decline, are pretty amazing - so I got to do a little bit of shopping - I'll feature the goods I bought by the shop I was most impressed to see in Chester a bit further down but first I'll start with the hotel.
Quite a few photos so this post continues after the cut!
We stayed at the Abode, we were offered the chance to upgrade our room so we did and ended up in one of their Enviable Plus rooms and although we were spending a lot of time out and about it was lovely to come back to this room and have a little lounge area, the bed was also huge so I was able to sleep in my favourite position, the starfish. Now lets talk about the bathroom, it had a huge monsoon shower and a huge bath, the bathroom itself was open (apart from the w.c.) which I love. Over the two night stay I managed to have 4 showers and 2 baths! Enough text, here are the photos;
|The magnificent bed|
|The fabulous bath|
|The lovely view (obviously not the road - although you could barely hear it in the room)|
The shopping photo, I did buy a couple of other basics in H&M and Topshop but this is where I was most impressed:
|Yes - they have a Space.NK!|
|Another view of the clock|
|Looking down the street from East Gate|
The next few shots were taken on the final day picking up at a different section in the wall
|The Water Tower|
|Goblin Tower AKA Pemberton's Parlour|
|King Charles Tower AKA Phoenix Tower|
Now we really did love Chester and hope to return very soon although next time we want to add a couple more days on our trip as there was so much more to see.