TheÂ city wallsÂ hold ChesterÂ tightly in their grasp. But ageÂ doesn’t dictate what’s inside and what’s outsideÂ .Â RowÂ houses like those seen in Coronation Street are on the inside;Â the RomanÂ theatre and gardens are on the outside. The Cathedral, begun in 1092, is an insider -Â the River Dee flows gently pastÂ as an outsider.
The Roodee Racecourse, where there’s been horse racing since 1539, is just outside the walls, which means great views for free when there’s a race meeting.Â Â The Rows with theirÂ great and characterful shopping on two levels are inside as are most ofÂ the Tudor buildings on Eastgate.Â The train station is outside. The view downÂ Eastgate from under the clock has much black and white fineryÂ and the people look like characters in a Lowry painting.
But thoseÂ people make outsiders feel welcome.Â The landlord insideÂ The Watergate Inn gave two hungry travellers just up from London bread and chipsÂ at 11:15 on a Sunday nightÂ after the 2010 FIFA World Cup final had finished. For free. Nowhere elseÂ wasÂ open. The Guinness was excellent too.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734