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Flashback Friday: Chester, England

On a UK road trip, we spent a few hours in Chester, and I was blown away by the city's rich history and stunning architecture. Chester is one of the oldest cities in England and has a fascinating history that dates back to Roman times. The city walls, which still stand today, were built by the Romans to protect the city from invaders, and are considered one of the best-preserved Roman walls in the country.

We were getting back on route after taking an unplanned diversion to Wales and had noticed Chester was along the way. Located on the River Dee, right next to the English-Welsh border, we knew little beyond the fact it was a walled city with a famous Cathedral, however, that was enough of a reason to stop for a few hours.

Not surprising for a medieval city, we had difficulty finding parking for the campervan but finally found a great location only a block or so from the old city center... only to realize upon our return, we had missed a sign and had earned a parking ticket! That wasn't in the budget! Look around carefully before walking away smugly from that handy spot.

This tour was very tempting but we realized we didn't have time to take it on this flyby visit. It is a firmly established fact that we always take far longer than guides suggest when we're exploring and this was one of those days where we needed to keep to a rough schedule.

The town of Chester, England is rich in history and has a fascinating past that spans back thousands of years. It was founded as a Roman fortress in AD 79 and has since grown into a bustling town with a wealth of historical monuments and buildings that attract tourists from all over the world.

Over the centuries, Chester has been a center of trade, culture, and politics, playing an important role in the development of England. It was once a major Roman military stronghold and later became a medieval trading center, famous for its two-tiered shopping rows that are still in existence today. The city has also played a significant role in England's political history, serving as a royalist stronghold during the English Civil War.

The highlight of the visit was a tour of Chester Cathedral. The Cathedral is a beautiful and historic building that has been a place of worship for over a thousand years. Chester Cathedral, founded in 1092, is a treat.

The interior of the Cathedral is absolutely awe-inspiring with its high ceilings, intricate stained glass windows, and stunning carvings.

I especially enjoyed getting close to the carvings in the choir nave.

We took the tower tour which took us right up to the roof, using the very narrow walkways and stairs to climb the different levels of the building.