A Day in York

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Hello! I was lucky enough to go to York yesterday (with Peter). It was really nice to be in a larger city...I mean I love Durham, but sometimes you just need something a big bigger to take off the edge of claustrophobia: York was a perfect solution. It's only 45 min away on the train, which is nice. I went about visiting just as I usually do, without much of a plan, just taking it all in. It was really cool, right after you get out of the train station, you walk right through the old city walls and to the bridge over the River Ouse. It isn't far before you see York Minster. When I first saw it I was quite impressed at its grandiose exterior...it's quite large, and fun to walk around. Eventually, we went inside.
..but it wasn't really that impressive, and I wasn't willing to pay to see something that wasn't that impressive. I think I may have been spoiled by Italy in that regard...but if that's the case I'm glad, it saved me 4.5 quid :). I really enjoyed walking around York and seeing all the little shops...it was kind of like Providence, RI (only older and smaller). There was also a craft show that we went in to see, the craft show was kind of lame, but the college building it was held in was characteristically Tudor, which was really cool. I was glad to have visited the city that took part in The War of the Roses....a little piece of history. It was kind of funny, there was stuff all over the place talking about how York is a 'haunted' city. I really enjoyed walking along the old city walls (they were REALLY good city walls in their day...I don't think anyone ever broke through them.) You can see lots of neat houses and York Minster and some parks...it's really just a great experience. Walking around the city was great too...they have some really neat medieval alleyways and some interesting street performers. Another highlight was having cream tea at Betty's...mmm....delicious! It was the premier English tea experience.
Belluomo says:
Great adventure and great photos. Keep it up!
Posted on: Nov 14, 2007
sarahelaine says:
It's still legal for you to shoot me (because I'm Scottish) from the walls with a crossbow if I'm there after dark and holding a longbow. I noticed you name checking the saints in one of the previous entries - try to get to Lindisfarne. It's stunningly pretty, has an old monastary and a castle, and is cut off by the sea at certain times of days. It was the site of the first major viking attacks in the area because when they fortified it nobody believed anyone would attack from the sea. You can see it from the East Coast railway but there isn't a station there. I guess there'll be bus tours though?
Posted on: Nov 14, 2007
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