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January 12th, 2008 – by: eirien
As always in Hostels I found it very tricky to return at night and go to bed without making a sound - not waking up ur roomies - especially as my little lamp over the bed didn't work. I managed anyways to find my tooth brush and safely climb up the ladder. Slept quite well despite some snoring older lady which turned out to be very nice the next morning. She was from Australia and on a tour in England and Scotland with her husband. Always amazing to meet 'such old' people in Hostels - wonder wether I will still be sharing in 8-bed room when I am 60 ;)
So we had breakfast in that nice breakfast room where you can watch birds and squirrel picking seeds and nuts.
Plan for the day was to explore the ruins of Fountains Abbey some miles north west of York.
Fountains Abbey (and even more Rieveaulx Abbay which is less touristic) has always been one of my most favourite sights in England so of course I wanted to share that with my friends.
Fountains Abbey was founded in 1132 by Cistercian monks in the valley of the River Skell. The valley had all the required materials for the creation of a monastery, providing shelter from the weather, stone and timber for building, and a running supply of water.
Monks were living here until 1539 when Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
If you ever have the chance to go there, here is a special advice: don't take the main entrance but choose the way over a little church (you pass it when you go to the main parking of Fountains Abbey).
This way has next to the chance to see St. Mary's Church three advances:
First: You can have a look at the water parc right next to the Abbey area
Second: You can have a stroll in the valley next to the Abbey which is very picturesque (the first photos were taken there) with the little bridges and the river flowing by.
Third: If you approach the Abbey from this site you get the best most amazing first view at it
We very much enjoyed walking around, breathing the fresh clear air.
The entrance fee is pretty high (£7.50 and no students reduction) but more than worth it!!!
You can easily spend a day walking around, looking at this impressive ruins from different angles.
The guys loved it very much (which of course made me happy :)). So we had some sandwiches and a beer (sounds a little chavvy but what do u expect from a vacation with men :P ). Luckily the sun came out which made it a lot more enjoyable than in the pouring rain.
We kind of started to joke around and between the ruins like little puppies ... hahhahaha ... felt like being a child again
That was when we met Karl with K - a Phtorographer who was visiting the Abbey with his family to take some pics (if ur interested: www.karls-photography.co.uk) - whose children joined us in our game. Karl turned out to be very nice and told us more about the Abbey and showed us some of his pics. Once again we noticed how open and friendly the British are.
Just at sunset we reached the car and headed back to York.
The best thing after a day like that: your tired of walking and the fresh air but also satisfied with the experiences you made. One of my favourite feelings possible.
In the evening we just cooked at my friends place ( with us I actually mean myself but its ok to pamper ur male friends from time to time ;))
Then - of course - Pub time. As there are so many in York it would be a shame to miss out on that.
By that time we also had a 4 bed room in the hostel so we could come and go and do whatever without disturbing anyone.
Mission for the next day: Going to Manchster to pick up Wiebke plus: Ghost walk ..... uhhhhhh
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