Hello everyone, ♡
Happy Thursday! Hope you are all doing really well. I am actually so so excited to write this post as these are some of my favourite posts to write just because they are fun and also its memories I can look back on when I go to old blog posts. I also really enjoyed taking photos for my own pleasure and also for this post. Today’s post is going to be all about the few days I spent up North back in August! I really hope you enjoy the post and leave me your responses in the comments below as I love to read them!
So we actually went up to Chester on Wednesday 15th August, it took about 3 and a half hours, if you didn’t know getting up to the North of England from Wales isn’t that bad because you can go up through Wales, nearly at the north point and then Chester appears on the signs! I had actually never been before so it was really exciting for me.
We arrived around 12ish and we were starving so we decided to go and get some lunch. We didn’t really know what we fancied but we just decided to walk along the streets and see what we could find. We finally came across a Mexican restaurant called Jack Burrito. I did do some research and from what I can see there is only this one in Chester, it isn’t a chain or anything. So I am actually really glad we came across this because you can’t get it anywhere else. I do like some Mexican food and their menu was crammed full of lots of delicious Mexican dishes and lots of vegetarian and vegan options! We first ordered some drinks, I got a lemonade and my brother and mum ordered Cokes. They all came really super cute and photogenic in mason jar mugs with handles, I absolutely love these and it was a great idea for them, very unique not something I have really seen at restaurants before. We then ordered a sharing starter of tortilla chips with sour cream, salsa and guacamole dips. They were called ‘Chips & Dips’ on the menu and they were great! I am a huge fan of guacamole and this one was amazing, it tasted so good and I was very impressed. Then, I actually chose to order BBQ ribs and chips,I know not really Mexican but that is what I fancied. It all tasted amazing, the chips had some sort of peri/spicy salt on them and tasted so good! The only thing is that it was a MASSIVE portion and I had to rope my mum in to help me with the chips! My mum and brother ordered chicken burritos, they both said they were really good and would recommend them, I also would definitely recommend the ribs!
After eating, we wanted to do some exploring so we walked round to the cathedral and looked around at all the little shops and gorgeous building. Lots of tudor style houses. My brother also bought himself a twix milkshake from a shop. We then climbed up some steps and then we walked along the walls of Chester, you can see everything from up there and it is also such a pretty walk. There was also a gorgeous old clock on the wall. Also, when we were looking over the town hall, we could see a man doing some tricks with fire, he was like running through fire hoops, it was amazing! It was lovely to just get a good feel for the town and I got some lovely photos.
We then walked down to the River Dee, there were some boat trips going on and we decided to go on one. The river was so pretty and you got such gorgeous views of nature, houses, restaurants all along the river side. There was also a commentator telling us lots of things about the history of the river and Chester in general.It was so interesting and it was just very calm and a lovely experience. Such great views as well!
We were all really tired as it had been a long day travelling and walking around. So we decided to find our accomodation which was also lovely. We then cooked some food and then crashed.
Thursday 16th August, we decided to get the train from Chester to Manchester because we were eager to explore and my Mum wanted to go up to her old University and my brother is a Manchester City FC supporter so my mum bought him tickets for a tour meaning we had to go as well. First of all, we just looked around Manchester, taking in the sights. It was so pretty but also so big so I definitely think I need to go back to do it again. We then got a good ol’ Greggs for lunch, Greggs is my fave so I was very happy about that.
We then had to get going to get to the Etihad Stadium tour, I was actually very nicely surprised because the tour was actually really interesting and cool to see. Even if you are not a fan, it is truly amazing and it was something new for me to do and my brother smiled a lot which was nice,I am glad he got to do it. I then caught my first tram which was so cool, gaining the full Manchester experience!
We then walked up to my mum’s old University and she was really happy as she hadn’t seen it in 20+ years and she was really happy to share it with us. Then we decided to get the train back to Chester because we were knackered and on the train just out of interest I check how many steps we had done and it was over 20,000, that is crazy to me, my legs are still recovering (3 days later…..) We then got some food and crashed at our accommodation!
Friday 17th August, of course we had to visit the famous Chester Zoo on our last day. I didn’t know what I was really expecting but I thought I would give it a go. The Zoo was MASSIVE and anyone who has been there I am sure will agree, the biggest Zoo I have ever been too. There was no way we were going to get through the whole of it by the end of the day. We did really try our best though! We saw lions, monkeys, giraffes, flamingoes, cheetahs, jaguars and so many more, some I am not sure of the names because they were quite unique but it was so amazing. I really do love animals and it was so great to feel like a little girl again and to really enjoy the zoo. I understand that some people don’t support zoos because of the captivity and things and I totally get that, I am in no way trying to offend you, I believe in caring for all animals and they all have the right for that, ti have enough space, food and whatever they need. It was a really great day and I would definitely go back to see the rest of the animals!
So that is it for a few days up North, I really enjoyed myself and it has made me realise that I really need to explore more of the UK. Scotland is at the top of my list! I also really hope you enjoyed the post!
Have a lovely rest of your day!