Am I in sunny Italy? No, believe it or not, it's Chester, and a dreary day at that! Gorgeous Husband and I went to Chester on the train one day last month, just for a bit of an outing. Even though it is only an hour's journey, it always makes me think of being on holiday. It sparks memories of me being in England as a tourist and being all agog at the architecture and history of the place. So, although it is close enough for me to be "jaded" I still get a remmant of that original feeling, and put my "North American eyes" in when I look around.
We discovered this gorgeous sculpture garden totally by accident. It is behind the Queen Hotel , situated directly across from the train station. It is gorgeous inside, with a strong feeling of still being in Victorian times, and the British Empire at its height. Opulant and grand and beautifully furnished. It was built in Victorian times and is named in honor of Queen Victoria.
As we looked out the windows to the rear courtyard, we discovered this fabulous sculpture garden, which was like getting a small win on a scratch card. All the times we had been visiting, and never even knew it was there!
A patriotic plastic bag.
We visited just before the Queen's Jubilee weekend, so I was able to get this great plastic Union Jack bag for only £2 from the street vendor. I wish I had bought my umbrella from him too, but got that later at a much higher price. Looking back, maybe I should have loaded up on the tea towels and other tat he was selling.... no, perhaps not!
Chester Jubilee Clock (good spot for meeting people)
This is Chester's Jubilee clock, which they built in 1897 (as you can see) for Queen Victoria being on the throne 60 years. Those Victorians liked to do things in a grand style! (No expense spared from the look of it.)
Anyone for tea?
Also by chance, Gorgeous Husband and I discovered a little antique shop on the town walls that we had never seen before and we got this great photo. Either you think it is delightfully cute, or that is the height of twee. I love it, but don't need to own it. A photo is good enough, thanks.
Also, many thanks for all your comments on my last post about the clearing out of my shoe collection. It makes my day to see that people read this!!