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    • Day53

      York

      October 26, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Toller Stellplatz für drei Nächte an der Ouse. Da sind die Wikinger schon gerudert. Morgen geht's auch in das bekannte Jorvik Viking Center.
      Direkt am Platz ein netter Pub. Mit die besten Fish & Chips der Reise. Die handgeschnitzten Chips schmecken richtig nach Kartoffeln. Und die Tafel könnte von mir beschrieben worden sein!Read more

    • Day15

      Retreat to York

      September 10, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      After my Nottingham full-on freak out (which had its bright spots, for example, I saw a red squirrel), we retreated north to York, 2 hours away with a quick stop at Woodall Services for the world's most disappointing Breakfast Bap (even the name promises underwhelm). If someone tells you they ordered the Bap, just leave them in peace, don't ask for details.

      It was clear even such a short distance from Nottingham that we had suddenly crossed the accent meridian. The dolorous Billie-Eilish-of-the-North who assembled Stuart's Bap was absolutely indecipherable. I wondered if my Babel Fish were broken but realised that indecipherability was merely a prerequisite for teenage girls working in takeaway all around the world. I certainly can't understand Jenny from Henny Penny back home.

      We were so tired by the time we reached York. Stu was tired from worry, and I was tired from walking off my panic episode, and all we wanted to do was rest. But the girl at the York Pavilion would not let us into our room early. Her eyes were large and brown and pretty like a Disney mammal, so we did not use The Assertiveness Skills. We decided instead to go for a light stroll and look at the big churchy thing on the horizon in the old part of town.

      The first place we went to was the Walmgate Bar, and were immediately seduced up onto the Roman Wall. Stuart had remembered his Alice Roberts and told me that it wasn't actually Roman. I walked behind him and furtively checked Wikipedia. I learned that Stuart was right, so I did the only thing a husband can do: I informed him of a fact he had just taught me as if I was the keeper of the knowledge all along. Husband goals achieved.

      We went for coffee at the Gatehouse Cafe, a precipitous medieval themed stack of rooms and incorporated into the stone. The place was quiet. A girl with a Rosamund Pike accent was reading "Where the Crawdads Sing" quietly. I doodled beneath a tudor window and enjoyed a Gingerbread Latte. It was too perfect to handle. I already can't wait to go back.

      A walk through The Shambles of York was mindblowing. In terms of crowd density, yes, it was a theme park. In terms of retail opportunities, yes, it was Covent Garden. But the architecture and structure of the place was invincible; and the fact that the place was so activated actually brought me closer to that numinous sense of ancestry: people have been having fun and shopping here for centuries. This is continuity, not defacement. The authenticity of it caught me off guard. How can I be anti-capitalist when there's so much great stuff to buy?

      Dinner at The Lighthorse (Italian food served by a handsome chef) and a takeaway beer from Tesco Express while watching a biographical documentary of Queen Elizabeth ended the night.

      We slept like discarded dolls.
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    • Day6

      Von Zügen und Pferden // York - Part 2

      May 24, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Unseren letzten ganzen Tag in York begannen wir entspannt und mit einem späten Frühstück. Danach liefen wir wieder in Richtung Stadtzentrum, wo sich das Eisenbahnmuseum befindet. Aber: wir und Eisenbahnen? Eine berechtigte Frage und um ehrlich zu sein, sind wir auch nur dorthin gelaufen, weil der Eintritt frei ist und wir alle anderen Sehenswürdigkeiten in Fußnähe schon abgeklappert haben. Unsere Erwartungen waren also relativ gering.

      Als wir den ersten Raum betraten, packte uns dann aber doch ein Eisenbahnfieber á la Sheldon Cooper, denn hier standen voll eingerichtete königliche Zugwaggons. Ein Abteil hatte sogar eine Badewanne... Im nächsten Ausstellungsraum stand eine Lokomotive neben der anderen und es gab sogar einen Ambulanzzug aus dem 1. Weltkrieg.

      Wir verbrachten länger als erwartet im Museum und als wir mit unserem Besuch fertig waren, war es schon Zeit zum Mittagessen. Anschließend besuchten wir noch einen Supermarkt und deckten uns mit neuen Essensvorräten ein, bevor es wieder zurück ins Hostel ging. Hier gönnten wir uns noch Kaffee und Kuchen und begannen anschließend auch schon zu packen, denn morgen mussten wir früh los, um pünktlich beim Pferderennen zu sein. Den Rest des Abends verbrachten wir mit kochen und damit, uns sämtliches Wissen über Pferdewetten anzueignen, das wir in den Weiten des Internets finden konnten. Schließlich wollten wir morgen erfolgreich sein!

      Der nächste Tag kam und damit unsere Abreise aus dem Hostel. Wir checkten aus und machten uns auf den Weg in Richtung Rennbahn. Die war dann auch nur 10 Minuten entfernt und nach etwas Verwirrung auf dem großen Gelände hatten wir dann einen Parkplatz gefunden und schließlich auch unsere Tickets in der Hand.

      Nach ausführlichem Studieren der Racecard, einem Heft mit allen Infos zu Pferden und Jockeys, entschieden wir uns für ein paar Pferde, auf die wir wetten wollten und setzten unsere Wetten dann bei den zahlreichen Buchmachern.

      Während wir auf das erste Rennen warteten, beobachteten wir die anderen Menschen und waren bei manchen Outfits wirklich sprachlos. Es gab die seltsamsten Hutkreationen und trotz der doch eher kühlen Temperaturen auch sehr kurze Kleider. Eben alles genau so, wie man es sich bei einem englischen Pferderennen vorstellt.

      Unsere ersten Wetten, die sich immer nur auf ein Pferd und ein Rennen bezogen, waren leider noch kein großer Gewinn. Wir hatten jedoch auch eine große Wette abgegeben, bei denen wir auf platzierte Pferde in 4 Rennen getippt hatten und mit jedem Rennen wuchs die Spannung! Sollten wir einmal daneben liegen, war die ganze Wette vorbei... Doch wir hatten Glück, denn bei jedem Rennen platzierte sich mindestens eins der von uns getippten Pferde!

      Neugierig gingen wir unseren Gewinn abholen, doch leider war es nicht der große Jackpot. Mit unseren 15 Pfund Gewinn hatten wir jedoch fast die Wettkosten des Tages wieder reingeholt, die bei etwa 20 Pfund lagen. So war es ein spannender Tag mit vielen Wetten und wenig Verlust - perfekt für Wettanfänger wie uns.

      Nach dem vorletzten Rennen des Tages fing es dann an zu regnen und wir beschlossen den Renntag zu beenden und ins Auto zu flüchten, wie viele andere auch. Wir hatten noch zwei Stunden Fahrt vor uns, bevor uns das erste Zimmer ohne Mitbewohner auf dieser Reise erwartete. Wir hoffen auf eine ruhige Nacht.

      Nächster Halt: Newcastle upon Tyne
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    • Day4

      Hotel at York

      May 25, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Took the scenic route to York and it took a little over two hours. A very cool drive with some beautiful views and cute towns. Of course, we chose this route as Taylor loves to take the scenic routes. Well, three of the four of us enjoyed the drive - one of us snored the whole way up, well after she started the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack. Once to York, we found our hotel, about a mile and half from the city center, just outside the walls (thank goodness, really don’t want to drive through there!). We were somewhat surprised how busy it seemed and after pointing out a very full Horse racing stand, to which KK told me I was lying, our hotel turned out to be right behind it. Needless to say, after parking the car and walking out the back of the hotel, I was able to get my photographic proof to take up to the room! 😝 As I was headed back up, Denise came down as she was worried something had happened (this won’t be the first time she comes looking for me today!). After showing her the racecourse, we tried to take a short cut back up to the hotel - where we preceded to photobomb a wedding in process, walking up through the trees and right into the vows! Ooops! Pretty sure we heard a couple of “Bloody Americans” as we ran away giggling like Brandon after telling a Yo Momma Joke! I think it’s time to get a move on and get into York proper (we’ve all been waiting to use the word proper, not sure why, but it seems like the English thing to say!).Read more

    • Day2

      Day 2

      August 24, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Well, that was an amazing day of riding. Once we managed to escape from Bath, the roads were empty, wide and beautiful. We just followed the Fosse Way all the way to the A5 near Leicester. It was so hot though, whenever we stopped it was a job to get my gloves off my hands were so sweaty.

      We stopped at a lovely village after about an hour of riding called Moreton in the Marsh for breakfast, and bought a picnic to eat later for lunch, to try and conserve funds.

      We did 10 miles of motorway up the M69 and M1 then stopped for petrol at Leicester Forest East. £1.50 a litre!! We had ridden 112 miles since the last petrol stop. Jamie had used 6.35 litres, I used 9.95! But my bike is faster!

      We didn't want to get to our next air BnB too early so we stopped in Bawtry just south of Doncaster for lunch. We had a drink to cool down, then had a
      wander around the village and found a park to eat our picnic.

      Getting back to our bikes I couldn't find my keys for my panniers. Which had our bike jackets in, which had my bike key in the pocket. We really needed the keys. I almost walked back to retrace our steps, but luckily Jamie eventually found them in his pocket! A bit scary, not sure what we would have done if they were really lost!

      We arrived in Escrick at our gorgeous air BnB at 4:45, 230 miles and 8 hours after leaving Bath. We're staying with Judi who is super friendly and has made us feel completely at home. We had a walk around Queen Margaret's school to the Temple and back and through the village before stopping at the Black Bull pub for dinner, which is almost across the road from her house. The village is really pretty, surrounded by quiet and very flat country side and farm land.

      We got back at 9:00 just in time to watch Casualty with Judi and her gorgeous dogs. We would definitely recommend staying here if anyone needs accommodation near York.
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    • Day93

      York

      July 17, 2016 in England ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Going to Minster , markets and then let loose. Used by Romans as base for northern England. Vale of York is most fertile area in North,good water access. Romans here for 300 years, then withdrawn to save empire. Salons and Angles invaded. Settled in York. Late 700s 800s invaded by Vikings. Built city in York. Truce between Salons and Vikings. Next invasion Normans. York Minster greatest minster this side of alps.

      Very nice lunch at a pub called Golden Fleece. Had a plough man's lunch with cider. Huge meal. Looked in Minster. What craftsmanship involved in building this church! You can go right down into the basement area and see how the foundations are set up. Mean and I then returned slowly back to the meeting place, checking out a small market on the way. While waiting to meet up had a cupcake for Ry. Sat in a lovely park at the side of the Minster.
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