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So, today I set out with the intention of exploring the city of Chester. Bit odd to be doing this on my final day instead of the first but oh well. Luckily for me, the centre of the city isn't too far from my hotel, and the whole area is nicely walkable. I spent a while looking through the Rows and at some of the interesting little shops dotted about the place, before stopping to warm up with a piece of bakewell tart and a hot chocolate.
... br> Now that I think about it, this'll probably end up being a fairly short entry, as I've found that there isn't much about going to zoos that translates well into text. I'll make up for it in photos though!
The Chester Zoo is a little way out of the city, but it was only maybe about 20 minutes on the bus. It's the largest zoo in Britain, and one of the best in Europe. There weren't too many people there today, which was nice, as it meant I wasn't fighting ...
... with coffee and orange juice. Afterwards we tentatively took a look outside, but it was cold and windy with the threat of rain in the air. It is November after all!
We had a good wander around the ship; the Boudicca had a major refit in 2013 so she looked different from when we were on her in 2008, although there were obviously a lot of things that were very familiar. Then we pottered around for a bit before going along to the Neptune Lounge around ...
... heading south. We headed south to the English border through the midlands, and stopped at Gretna Green where the blacksmith used to marry runaway couples with history spanning 250 years. 16+ was legal age by hand fasting in Scotland and went to the blacksmith because of lax laws which changed in 1940 , where a license was required. We enjoyed a 45 min stop here with our last opportunity to buy Scottish products. There is a whiskey house with over 60 ...
... tour focused on the Beatles' solo careers and I appreciated that the displays characterized each member with words like "hero" and "philanthropist". I thought that this was a nice finish to the tour as it reinforced that even though the group was so important to others, The Beatles were four individuals with their own interests and desires. After just seeing the part of the exhibit devotes to the band's break-up, this was a logical finish.
After exiting the ...