Last weekend, we were away for a Saturday evening wedding reception, at a hotel, on the Cheshire-Wales border. We had decided to stay another night there, so on the Sunday we went into Chester and, as it was a nice day, did the touristy things, like the City Sightseeing Open Top Bus Tour and a River cruise. Chester seems to be looking a little more shabbier than I remember it, with a lot of empty shops. The old convent (Dee House), behind the amphitheatre, looks to have been burnt out. We also learned that the hundreds-of-years-old tradition of closing the Kale Yard Gate at curfew was ended two years ago.