I love exploring London. It’s such a vibrant city full of history and culture. I’ve never lived in London but have lived close enough to visit regularly over the years. For me, the capital has a familiarity to it, despite it’s sprawling size. At over 600 square miles, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Greater London. For the most part though, the iconic London landmarks that the majority of tourists want to visit are near to the River Thames. There are so many transportation options available, with the London Underground being the most popular choice thanks to the convenience and speed of getting around the city.
As I gaze out of the window of my home office, the winter sun shining down on the frosty gardens, I yearn to get outside and breathe in the fresh coastal air. The buds are starting to grow on the trees, soon the pale browns will be replaced by bright greens. In the distance I see a hill – a local nature reserve. There is movement. Hikers or dog walkers probably, in their bright winter clothing out for a morning stroll. I need to walk up that hill one day. I can’t believe I’ve lived here six months already and haven’t been. That said, I have been on many short walks in my new local surroundings of the North Wales coast. As a ‘fair weather’ hiker, who prefers not to venture too far, there are plenty of simple North Wales walks to keep me occupied here.
You know those times where you just need to escape, even if it’s just for one night? Every now and then those moments grip me and I have the urge to get away. It’s great to have something to look forward to. The run up to Christmas 2019 had been a busy one. In fact the second half of the year had been fairly chaotic. For that reason we decided on a weekend location within an hour from home. That location was the wonderful city of Chester. A city full of charm, history and character. I hadn’t properly visited the city for years so it was definitely time to return. We booked a hotel and on a Friday made the 45 minute journey across the Welsh border for a whistle-stop Chester sightseeing break.