We left the Dublin hotel early to catch a ferry back to Wales. The ferry left at about 8:15 and was fairly empty so we had plenty of room to sit anywhere. The day started cloudy and cool but by the time we set sail it was quite windy light rain.
Due to the bad weather we didn’t really go on deck, too wet and windy, and it also caused the ferry to arrive about 45 minutes later in Wales.
We headed of and had our first stop at a town with the claim of having the longest name in the world, “LLANFAIRWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH”. Don’t ask us to try and say it!
From there it turned out to be a long day, there was a traffic accident on the freeway we were to travel and the police had closed the road. This meant all the freeway traffic was diverted down through country towns in wales, many that the main streets were mot much wider than one lane. Not a lot of room for buses and trucks, the consequence was that traffic was virtually stopped each side of the towns as the local police let one direction go at a time. The only good thing about it was we got to travel through some beautiful country side that was filled with a misty rain.
We eventually got back onto the main freeway, crossed the border to England and arrived in Chester and about 7pm. We were supposed to walk through the town of Chester and the ancient Roman ruins but due to the time we only drove through the town. There were quite a few disappointed people on the bus as Chester is a very pretty old town with many buildings made from black beams with white render. A section of streets had 2 story shops in the old buildings originally designed so shoppers didn’t need to walk through the muddy streets in the 1800’s.
We had dinner at the hotel which was quite nice, we seem to be getting entrée’s with melon fruit and sorbet. It seems to be more of a dessert than entrée but quite refreshing. We did plan on going to town after dinner but we were a few kilometres from the town centre, by the time dinner finished it was nearly dark.