"Bahamian" weekend in Chester

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mandy then took us for a wonderful bike ride out in the beautiful countryside.  I couldn’t help but smile while riding the down the clean well paved roads with manicured lawns and beautiful gardens.  England is truly a beautiful place!     

We cycled for about 45 minutes until we got to Farndon.  We stopped by for “a spot of tea” with Mandy’s good friend Jill.  She shared her freshly picked strawberries and we chatted a bit before heading out on the road again.   We stopped by a store owned by Paul Burrell who used to be Princess Diana’s butler.  They had the windows decorated with a witch riding on a broom from the Wizard of Oz, actually the whole town had decorated with the theme of children’s story books.  We chatted with a man in the store and he said he had traveled to all the islands in the Bahamas on a private yacht.  Stupid me, didn’t even realize that we were actually talking with Paul Burrell, which we found out after we left the store.  Nik’s response was “That was the butler? But I thought he would be old!“

We stopped for a cheese platter at the beautiful Pub named The Grosvenor Arms.  Absolutely the most gorgeous pub I have ever been too.  

Nik and I learned while traveling that we really enjoyed bike riding so we are hoping to get a couple of bikes when we get home so we can enjoy more of our “countryside” in the Bahamas.

Our last Friday in Chester, Vicki came from the Bahamas.  She had even brought conch batter that she whipped up for us to eat and they were the BEST tasting conch fritters!  Us girls then headed out to the horse races where we got to meet Mandy’s sister and her husband.   Looking through the program and deciding which horses to bet on, we came across a horse named none other than “Bahamian Lad”.  I had to place a bet on this horse to win!  I was so excited because he remained in the lead all the way around the track until the end….boohoo....he came in second!   

Four of us girls headed to Manchester to go see a show called “Britain’s got Bangra”.  It was a musical play about a man that came from India to make music in England.  It was absolutely brilliant!  What a great way to end our fabulous time in the UK.
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