Walking Tour of York
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October 19th, 2007 – by: TravelerTom
York Minster is a fascinating gothic cathedral, even more impressive than Westminster Abbey. They let us take pictures inside, and we climbed a very narrow spiral staircase to the top of the tower to get a view of York. They also had a crypt tour that used audio devices to describe the history of the site and how it evolved from Roman to medieval times.
Outside the minster we had a hot chocolate and coffee, and met a nice elderly couple that was touring the city as well. Most of the other tourists were British, including this couple.
As we got up to start shopping, lo and behold we found a bead shop, and it was fully stocked with all kinds of different beads at reasonable prices. After thoroughly examining every bead in the store we walked around the city center. They close off the streets to cars to make a pedestrian zone, and there are shops galore. We mostly window shopped.
We walked down to the river that runs thru York and had a nice lite lunch while we watched the mostly empty tour boats go up and down the river. After lunch we continued our trek and found that an open air market was in progress with lots of ethnic foods and trinkets.
We found a particularly narrow street called The Shambles, which got its name from medieval times when it was used by meat shops who used to throw their scraps out into the street, causing it to be a shambles. It reminded me of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.
Linda found a Japanese store she had read about online and bought a few trinkets. We also stopped in the Norwegian Center gift shop and got a few items, and walked by a castle ruin in the center of town. But then it was time to go home, so we got out our bus tour tickets. The rate on them was Concession, which after looking at the brochure we discovered is what they call the senior rate. We decided we wouldn't pass as seniors, although we felt we had aged a few years from all that walking. Oh well.
So we walked home and had dinner our the room, of sandwiches we bought at a local store across from our hotel. We really enjoyed York. It's got the character of London on a much more accessible scale.
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