Every time I visit England, I spend months afterwards thinking about how beautiful it is. I feel as though I have been to many, many beautiful places but there is something about England that has me totally enchanted.
A large part of my unabashed love for the place lays in the architecture. It is beyond idyllic. I must have hundreds of photos of English buildings, but I can't stop myself. Imagine coming home to little places like these!!
While visiting in December, Dan and I had a day of sight-seeing in a town called Chester. Chester is walled town which means the original castle walls, that were used for protection, are still standing. Any excursion to a new place usually gets me excited, but when we arrived in Chester, it took my breath away. Towns in America definitely do not look like this.
The buildings ooze charm and are dripping with history.
Sometimes I almost feel like I am in Disneyland, in one of their master-planned little worlds - it is all so perfect looking. But this is a real place and the buildings were actually built in the middle ages. See how this one is leaning? It's because it's been there since about 1610!
And this place? It's a pub that has been there since the 1420's - before America was even discovered. That's right folks - before the U.S.A. was even on the map, the English were sitting it pubs drinking lager :)
Oh, and this building - it's the oldest standing building in Chester, built in 1274. 1274!!! I think Dan gets tired of my obsession over how old the buildings are, but I can't help but think about what things were like when the building was built and how many generations it has stood over, through time.
Ah yes, Chester is indeed a beautiful town.
See those beige, curved raised beds that look like planter boxes? Well, they are actually ruins of a Roman amphitheater, because you know, no town is complete without them.
And some ruins of a Roman garden, pillars and all.
Then there is the cathedral, which is in the center of town. The churches in England are as abundant as they are beautiful and I find the architecture of them totally breathtaking.
My goal is to explore a new English town each time we visit. There is so much to see and I have fresh eyes to lay upon it all. If you ever find yourself in NW England, I highly recommend a day in Chester - it will not disappoint.