Once upon a time at Chesters


The picture above is taken on what once was the edge was the Roman Empire at Chesters in Northern England where an cavalry regiment with 500 horses and their riders from northern Spain served to guard the Roman Empire from the barbarians north of Hadrian´s wall. People came from Turkey, Mesopotamia, Tunisia, Gaul, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Romania, Italy and many more places to northern England to serve the Roman military. Britons on the other hand served on the eastern border of the Roman Empire in Romania and Thracia. I don´t really think it was individual wanderlust that brought these people here to Hadrian´s wall, rather the wishes of the ruling classes.

This was to us a journey of a lifetime. My husband suggested in the beginning of the 1980s that we should bike and camp along Hadrian´s wall but it never came to be. In 2017 I suggested we try the trip but this time in a rented cottage and by car. Many thanks to our son without whom this memorable journey wouldn´t have been possible. We saw all of the excavated big forts and much of the smaller remnants from Maryport in the west to Wall´s End in the east of Hadrian´s Wall.

To the memory of my husband who shared the journey along Hadrian´s wall in april 2017.

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