Port Call: Nantwich

One of the cities we made a “port call” in on the canal adventure was Nantwich. It is a BEAUTIFUL city and like everywhere we went in England, easily walkable. (I will say, the one exception to that is getting the whole “look right” thing down… I was almost flattened a couple of times…)

We pulled into Nantwhich and decided to hop off and walk around the town. Our guide book mentioned a “book store”, so the kids were ALL IN. From our mooring spot the historical part of the city was about a 20-30 minute walk.

The old city was beautiful!! Cobblestones. Cute stores. Wonderful flowers everywhere.

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This was one of the old churches in the town center. I was working the ‘panoramic’ mode on the cell phone. LOL!

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We took the recommendation of the canal travel guide and stopped for lunch at a local butch shop that sold meat pies. We were trying to eat local things and try new stuff, so we each picked a different pie…

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I would say that was a successful lunch!! The aftermath wasn’t too pretty!

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Toward the end of our walk we decided to stop for tea. We found a “Cafe Nero” which is a chain in England. I guess that could violate the “no chains while traveling rule”, but it seemed like they would have iced coffeee. I was hopeful…

The did not disappoint. The staff was great. It was so fun throughout the trip to talk to all the locals about their travels – wow we Americans are NOT well traveled as a culture!

Big ordered tea. She acclimated quickly to the English ways!
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Little went with hot chocolate. Good call. Real whipped cream here.
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I saw on their board that the scone included “clotted cream” so we had to give it a try. Thank goodness it’s not available widely in the US… or… we’d all be more widely. Seriously. Like butter….but smoother…fattier…
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And – iced coffee for me. I was not disappointed. It was like nine shots of espresso on ice. With a little cream. But it worked. And I was VERY happy.
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When we walked back to the boat I was able to get a good photo of the aquaduct. These totally fascinated me. They’re basically water bridges – with canals on the top instead of roads. They’re too cool.
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We give Nantwich high marks. It was beautiful, walkable, neat stores to shop and browse in, and some yummy food. It was a great port call!

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