A Day at the Races
Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
55Trip End May 18, 2013
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In addition to this, good accommodation in Liverpool was also virtually sold out and the rooms which were available had a very high asking price (think of accommodation costs trackside for the Gold Coast Indy.) So, being inventive travellers, we pulled out the map and looked for somewhere nearby where we could stay (without taking out a second mortgage) and our answer was .......the town of Chester
Chester is on the River Dee and is a very beautiful town. In fact it is heritage listed. It is a walled town, full of history, with Tudor architecture and a magnificent cathedral. It is also about forty minutes, by train, into Liverpool.
On Saturday 6th April we caught the train from Chester to Liverpool and then the connecting (and very crowded) train from Liverpool to Aintree. The atmosphere at the track was amazing – everyone was in party mode with lots of the men in suits and the women in their own version of 'racewear’. (Some of this was not what we would consider to be stylish clothes for a day at the races – but that’s another story). The bottom line is that everyone was there for a good day out and it was a lot of fun. Luck was not on our side as far as the punting was concerned but when you consider that in the Grand National race alone, there are forty starting horses, running four miles, attempting to jump thirty fences, you can imagine how difficult it is to pick a winner. (By the way, the winning horse was at odds of 66/1.)
The next day (which was to have been our footy day), was spent exploring the town of Chester
Once again, we did not know quite what to expect from Chester. It was not our first choice to stay at, but it is now regarded by us as one of the best places we have seen in the United Kingdom.
London now beckons once again – for the penultimate stage of our journey. After more time in one of our favourite capital cities, only Singapore will remain. However, six more nights in London sounds pretty good and we already have some plans for our time there – but that is all for our next instalment.