Eastgate Clock. It was erected to commemorate the previous (Queen Victoria's) Diamond Jubilee in 1897. I thought it was amusing that they bickered about the financing so much that it didn't actually complete until two years later. It's supposedly the second most photographed clock in England (next to Big Ben). No telling how they actually determined that.
Here's the gang up top. Sorry I chopped you off, Lori. Not my best photography week as you'll see.
One of the key artifacts from the era is a Roman Amphitheater, the largest discovered in Britain (fairly recently in 1929). You can also see one of the entrances to the city (via the arch) on the right.
Here's the gang walking around the amphitheater. Fortunately no lions around.
Heritage Bus Tour. It gave us a nice tour of the city with some decent commentary. Nothing too exciting, but generally worthwhile.
Nice shot of the kids outside of our lunch destination of Hickory's Smokehouse. Not sure what the deal with the rhino is though.
here are the kids enjoying their lunch (an their own table -- nice)
And the ladies . . . it was a nice meal with good service. Glad we went.
The River Dee (and the tour boats)
Old Dee Bridge with its 7 unique arches (and more sunspots from the photographer -- sorry). A Roman bridge was built on the same location but the one you see above was likely from reconstructive work in 1387 (!).
two swans along the river (had to get an animal shot in)
Grosvenor Museum which has some nice information on the city's Roman history as well as some bits from the Victorian era (and it was free making it all the better). Roman's were quite impressive with their engineering feats. I liked this depiction/explanation of the aqueducts. Reminded me of my childhood favorite Richard Scarry's "What Do People Do All Day" book.
rendition of what Chester looked like in Roman times
Roman headstones that have been uncovered. Many were used as filler in the walls and other places!
my two enjoying the Victorian hats upstairs in the musuem
The Rape of the Sabine Women". The larger, original version is in Florence. It reminded me of our trip to Rome and seeing Bernini's "The Rape of Proserpina". To be honest, I'm not sure what the story behind this smaller version is. [Note that "rape" means abducted in this sense]
more of the Victorian half-timbered store fronts
a shadowy view of the Rows from near the Cathedral
Cathedral itself . . . . it's always hard to get a photo of these large cathedrals because you invariably can't get far enough away to take it all in without running into another building. The cathedral dates from 1093 but was largely built in the 16th century.
inside the cathedral . . . I guess the lady took my picture as well!
stained glass, likely from the 19th century as the cathedral was besieged during the civil war
Roman/Norman and Gothic arches
Chester Racecourse is the oldest still in use in Britain. I believe there were races scheduled the week before and after our visit. The first recorded race here was in 1539.
castle here is different than most in that in was built around 1800 (which was like yesterday here). As with many, a Norman Castle (1070) was built on this site though.
another wall shot -- our gang is up top there
Roman Gardens -- date back to . . . the 1950s though the artifacts themselves are much older
My slug streak is extended by a technicality (no real slugs in the city fortunately)
All and all a great day. Unfortunately, our (my) evening meal didn't work out very well but I'll save you from the whinging. It didn't ruin the day so all is well. Glad we could enjoy the weather and activities with our friends and look forward to the next outing.
Bonus Pic of the Week
Have a good week everyone and thanks for reading.