Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Glasgow, Liverpool, North Wales, and Chester.

After leaving the Scottish highlands we travelled to Liverpool on the way we passed a number  of loch's, the last being Loch Lomond. After passing Loch Lomond you have officially left the highlands.  We travelled onto Glasgow for an overnight stay.
Queen Victoria statue in the square, apparently the only ever statue of Victoria on a horse!
Glasgow Square

DH was excited to see Dr Who's tardis.

After a tour of the centre of Glasgow, we headed to Liverpool.
Our first stop was Gretna Green, where we spent 1 1/2 hrs, Gretna Green is just before the Scottish border, as you enter into England, Gretna Green was made famous for couples to elope.  Young couples would just go across the border into Scotland, when they could not get married in England.

A charming little village.
A large metal hand sculpture and below some of the shops in Gretna Green
After leaving Gretna Green we ventured into the Lakes district, where we had lunch in Grassmere, home of Williams Wordsworth and Grassmere gingerbread.
A nice lunch in amongst beautiful sceanery.
I must admit the gingerbread was good.
What a delightful village and a wonderful paradise you could spend quite a few days in the Lajes district exploring.
On arrival into Liverpool we did the city and Beatles tour.
This Anglican Church is in Liverpool, it has a gift shop, cafe and is used for functions, as church goers are now only 12% of the population that attend these days, this is the only way that the church can raise funds to operate. This church is worth a visit it is a mixture of antique and modern. The church's huge, arches are 333 feet high and 666 feet long.

On our Beatles tour we saw this statue of Eleanor Rigby" all the lonely people " donated by Tommy Steele.
The Beatles statue near Caven club where it all happened, Paul McCartney created and sponsors LIVA a drama and theatrical school in Liverppol
Dinner was at our hotel that night. Liverpool is very much a working class city.
The next day saw us venture into North Wales to visit Betws-y- Coed and Carnarvon, Gwynedd, unfortunately for us it was raining again.
Lovely stone wall bridges.
Betws-y-Coed is a very pet friendly town and raises funds for apes in Africa.
Then onto Carnarvon, Gwynedd, for lunch, still raining.
Lunch was enjoyed at the black boy pub, I had the Welsh Cow and DH had the steak and Ale pie
Aptly named the black boy hotel.
After our day trip out we ventured back to Liverpool to dine at Jamies Italian restaurant. Five of us from the group ventured out, it was only a 10 min walk to the restaurant. prices were reasonable by British standards and we all had a lovely night. The front of the restaurant is very deceptive, looks small, but once inside, is quite large with also more seating upstairs.

Downstairs eating.
Wednesday we left Liverpool to travel to Cardiff, Wales.
DH was feeling poorly as he had caught the flu that half the tour have caught, so our mission was to find a doctor or chemist.
Chester in Wales is a quaint town, lots to see with beautiful buildings, also raining. we managed to get some cough mixture, no need for antibiotics at present.
Gorgeous Abbey in Chester.

Will continue with more later.

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