It's my birthday today. I took the day off and the Mrs. whisked me off for a day out at Chester Zoo (which is where, in true kiddie fashion, I wanted to go for my 'birthday treat').
I'm so bloody old, it could have been Amsterdam lets face it, but no I wanna go to Chester Zoo.
Run by the North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo has become one of the countries leading zoos since it's founding in 1934.
Chester Zoo attracted over 1million visitors last year. As well as being a top local tourist attraction since I was knee high to a jawa, the zoo is seriously involved in it's conservation and has loads of comprehensive breeding programmes for endangered species. Pleanty of small family groups. Habitats are sympathetic and large, and education is foremost.
It's been nearly 20 years since I was last here, 1977 to be precise, and I couldn't have been more impressed. When I was a kid, a treat was this, Jodrell Bank, Knowsley Safari Park, and (oddly, always around my birthday when I was younger) The Sooty Show on stage in Liverpool.
A Chinese meal in the evening, at Pig and Ellens in Cheshire, on the way back.
Jema treated me to a new GPS, which means some hardcore geocaching in the near future. A good day. Cheers wife ;-)