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  • Day13

    York Minster

    August 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Nerding out just a little 😀 found it super fascinating that a church built in the 1200s was built on a Roman fortress from AD 71. The Roman emperor Constantine was crowned here in York. He eventually declared that persecuting Christians was illegal🙌

  • Day85

    Treasurer's House, York

    July 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    This was the residence of the treasurer of York Minster cathedral until the Reformation of the English Church in 1547. It was owned by various people, then divided into three units. Finally the units were bought by a wealthy industrialist, Frank Green. He rehabilitated it into his vision of what it might have been, and it's not entirely accurate, but at least the building was saved.Read more

  • Day85

    York: A Historic City

    July 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    York is a very interesting city with lots to see. It was founded by the Romans in 71 AD, and the city is almost entirely encircled by walls from that period. After the Romans left in the 400s, it was occupied by Anglo-Saxons until it was taken by the Vikings in 866. The Yorvik Viking Museum was really well done, showing how the city would have looked, sounded, and smelled, as well as many archeological finds. It was surprising how advanced they were.

    The oldest buildings left in town are Tudor, and they are really crooked! Many streets are narrow and cobblestoned including the Shambles, which has lots of fun shops to explore. York chocolates are made here.

    York Minster is another huge cathedral--we didn't go inside as we had only one day and too much to see. It is being refurbished, and we saw the stonemasons' work area, where they are carving figures to replace some that have broken.
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  • Day63

    Teddy Bear Tearooms

    July 11, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    When in York, you must have Yorkshire Tea and scones! We originally were recommend to go to another shop but the line was too big and we didn't have enough time so we found this place on Google. The bottom was a teddy bear store hence the name and up stairs were the tea rooms. It was myself, AJ, Sheana, Tiffany, Heather, Anali and Chris. I had so much fun plus the tea and scones were delicious.Read more

  • Day63

    Ghost Tour

    July 11, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Tonight in York we went on a ghost tour. York has been labled things such as the 'most haunted city in Europe' and 'the city of a thousand ghosts', the city holds a lot of violent history which is why they belive there are so many ghosts. The guide was great, he has my complete attention as he truly believed what he was saying, he told us a few stories here are two of my favourites.

    1) The Minster, which stands towering over the city, is said to be haunted by Seamus the dog, whose barks echo through the halls at night. Legend has it that Seamus and his stonemason master worked on the Minster when it was being built. Other workers did not like the pair so one night decided to brick Seamus in behind a wall. With his master unable to find him, Seamus died alone terrified in the darkness, his barks never answered.

    2) In one of the houses behind the Minster, another ghost wanders the upper floors. A family that had moved into the house quickly became aware of a strange presence. A crying sound would come from the children's bedroom upstairs and people who entered would be overcome with feelings of sadness and regret.

    The house on College Street where the crying girl haunts the upper floors. The girl had lived in the house in the late 14th century. Just six years old, her parents had died from the Black Death in the family home. Fearing she too had the disease, the child was locked in with her parents' bodies by locals. However, she was not infected and after the doors and windows were boarded up, she slowly starved to death all alone.

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  • Day122


    January 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    The dog walker was scheduled to come in at 1pm today so I took advantage after my morning walk with the dog and took off to York for the day. 35 minute train ride to York and paid £17 return. Works out to about $29 for the day. The trains are super expensive here and no where as nice as European trains or as affordable. In fact they are in need of a severe upgrade based on the ludicrous cost of them. Nonetheless York was great and rich with history and quite lovely. I spent around 5 hours touring around but didn't go into the sites as everything was a minimum fee of £6 entrance fee. What ticks me off the most is that churches charge a fee to get in. I refuse to pay an entrance fee for s place of worship and so I turn right around snd leave. The vikings and Thomas Cromwell were in York snd do was Constantine snd the Duchess of York. Remember her she was the fiery redhead that Prince Andrew was married to for short time. I enjoyed the Minster Abbey and found the Ghost walk interesting and also Clifford'stower. Found the library in Starbeck later on my way home and tried to plan my trip to Scotland. Will have to go to the bus company tomorrow to book a ticket as the internet sucks for information in the uk.Read more

  • Day5

    On to York

    April 19, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

    Up early to have luggage ready by 7:30pm. Love packing - NOT! Downstairs again for the BIG breakfast - enormous variety - sure beats the heck out of your avg continental breakfast.

    Heading towards York and we'll see what the day brings.

    I do have to say that the Tour Director is one really great tour director. Gracious, kind person with fabulous story telling abilities and a wonderful Irish accent. He's been doing this a long time now and is semi-retired, working from May to October and taking the rest of the year off. Had a chance sit down and have a scone and some tea with him and a fellow Tour Director for CIE who was in Stratford on Avon at the same time. They have known each other for 40 years and the gentleman from CIE mentored him in getting started in the business. You could tell they both loved the job. When I see this, I think that is what I should have done many years ago, but not sure I could ever duplicate his amazing personality. Insight Vacations picked a winner here for sure. Conrad who had toured us through much of London was also an outstanding guide. Touring is worth it when you have people with such a wealth of knowledge.

    Picked up a lot of good info on the way up to Stratford on Avon - passed through rolling farm lands covered with bright yellow flowers where the farmers are growing rapeseed and canola. Had no idea this is what it looked like. Michael gave us lots of history lessons - he does know his British history.

    Stopped in Stratford on Avon for a tour of Shakespeare's birthplace. Professional operation going on here - needed more time - once you've toured the home, you can even listen to them perform plays outside. We were watching Romeo and Juliet for a short bit before leaving. Learned a lot of expressions that came from back in the 15 and 16 hundreds that we hear often today and don't realize their origins.

    Strolled the town briefly, had my tea and scones and we were back on the bus heading towards York. On a normal Insight tour, more time would be allotted for many of these activities but in our shortened time period, they are trying to show us as much as possible.
    Glad I'm using Trip Advisor's timeline, as it is recording my entire trip including my pictures, mileages between points and time spent at each place. Nice way to have an automatic diary.

    I digress - on to York. Arriving here at the Hilton, we are treated to a glass of champagne courtesy of Insight and some very tasty chocolates (something that York is known for). As Michael our guide would say in his Irish accent - just a little "flourish" courtesy of Insight to give you a bit more energy for the rest of your day. We toss our stuff in our room and are off for a walk of the town. Beautiful town, could easily spend a day or two here. Incredible church - York Minster here. They were closing in 15 minutes so didn't get a chance to explore the inside of the church - didn't want to pay 10 pounds for 15 minutes. Still after having read Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (highly, highly recommended), I would have loved to spend more time here. (a link to his book - amzn.to/1WiQiX2)

    Did some more strolling through the town - listened to some musicians who were pretty good, stopped in a chocolate and bakery shop - wonderful shop - Betty's of York. (www.bettys.co.uk/tea-rooms/locations/york)

    Back to the hotel with 10 minutes to spare and we are off through the countryside about 10 miles to the south of York to Ye Old Sun Inn, where we were treated to multiple drinks, squash soup, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding (doesn't resemble pudding!) and an extremely rich platter of 3 different desserts. Not sure I'd want to be a tour director - would weigh about 500 lbs.

    Back to the Hotel by 10 - pounding on my journal now.
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  • Day116

    Day 116: Exploring York

    June 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today was the day for exploring York, so we headed out the door at the usual time with no real plan in mind. Our house was actually out in the burbs a bit, maybe 25 minutes walk from town, so we ambled in along the riverfront.

    First spot was a castle tower, standing since the 16th century on a Norman-era mound, though we'd heard there wasn't much to see inside and it cost a few pounds for entry. Skip.

    Next up we made it to the old centre of town, where there was a Viking museum I was interested in having a look at. It might seem a little incongruous, but the vikings actually raided here many times over the centuries pre-Norman conquest, and occupied it for quite a while. They even gave the town the name, Jarvik/York. But from what we could see from the outside, it looked fairly overpriced and aimed at kids. Plus a long queue. Skip again.

    Third stop for the morning was the Shambles market, which is a large street market over several streets that covers the original area of the medieval markets. So basically, it's been going for hundreds of years. Lots of fancy food options to choose from, so we had a couple of local delicacies and some Indian food as well. It wasn't quite midday, but close enough to eat lunch.

    Next we checked out York Minster, the famous cathedral in the city. It actually predates most of the gothic cathedrals in England, being originally constructed just after the Norman conquest. Very impressive and we had a decent look around inside as it was free entry for a nice change! We also wandered around the nearby city walls which still stand from the middle ages. Good view from up here, and finally a bit of sun allowed us to get a couple of quick photos of the cathedral.

    We wandered back through the old streets, including the main Shambles street which looks very cool with Tudor-era buildings almost collapsing onto the main avenue. Everything's very close in and claustrophobic, but also very atmospheric. As a side-note, the classic Tudor image of white walls with vertical and diagonal black/brown timber struts is actually completely inaccurate - there's no real evidence Tudors ever did this. Apparently it was just a Victorian-era fantasy that took hold as "common knowledge" and has never really gone away.

    Decided it was time for a drink so headed into "the most haunted pub in York", the Golden Fleece. It was apparently built without proper floor supports, so the interior has walls and beams leaning every which way. Atmospheric, and yes a little spooky I guess. I had a pint and Shandos had a cider, and though it was very dark, neither of us saw any ghosts. Just a bunch of nerds at the next table discussing a Star Wars trading card game in nasally voices.

    It was at about this time we realised that if we weren't going to pay for stuff or head out of town, we'd mostly exhausted what York had to offer. So I decided to head back to the house, while Shandos went shopping. I worked on some videos and took Schnitzel for a walk at the racecourse nearby, which was fun until we got a bit wet by a passing shower!

    We briefly considered heading out again to do a ghost walking tour, but since the town was a 25 minute walk away and we'd already done a fair bit of walking, we decided it against and stayed in instead!
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  • Day14

    The House of the Trembling Madness

    August 6, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    What a car we have. It has an inbuilt Sat Nav, a heads up display on the dash and my own sat nav on the windscreen. Can't possibly get lost - even when they disagree on the route we need to follow.

    Today it was time to go to York - one of our most favourite places in England. It's only about a one hour drive south of where we are staying in Murton. Traffic around York is terrible - made worse by a gas pipe repair on the main road into town. Anyway we finally got there and parked in a car park - I would like to look for a spot closer, but this was agreed to be close enough. Now it was off to look for Bill and Marie's daughter Zoe with husband Stuart and their daughter Millie.

    The York Minster dominates the sky line. Compared with the bendy and crooked Tudor buildings it is tall straight and extremely ornate. Shows how the strength and the power of the church must have dominated people's thinking in times past.

    We visited lots of small shops and the market - Mary was happy buying more things for me to carry for the rest of our trip.

    Lunch was a Murphy's Stout and a pulled duck wrap - life is good.

    After we had finished shopping we came home - think Mary had a good sleep in the car.

    Getting home at 7pm, it was a bit late for another night out, so we stayed in and watched the athletics - shame Usain Bolt didn't win his final 100m race.

    Tomorrow a boot car sale in Murton - I will try to imagine I'm on the Antiques Roadshow or Bargain Hunt - lets see how I go, hope Mary doesn't find anything heavy to buy !!!!

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  • Day37

    York. (Its in Yorkshire, funny that.)

    May 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    How to cover 3000 years of history in a ten minute walk: visit York. Ancient Britains, Romans, Vikings, and any other shaped head you care to name, they've all called York home. The first 'Christian' roman emperor was proclaimed right here in the 300s. Now the honour continues through a smashing minster and very cosy tearooms. Weather has been brill too, even the shorts saw sunlight.Read more

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City of York, York, YOR

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