York ~ A little piece of charm, chivalry, character and whimsy

Wednesday August 27th ~ York, England

Beautiful York along the river

Beautiful York along the river

The last couple of days have been a mishmash of seeing some recommended sites, walking the streets, seeing a play, visiting a museum and eating a couple of decent meals. I think I have lost a little steam recently and as our time here in England is fast coming to an end, I find myself thinking more and more of home. Or at least getting back into the good ol’ US of A.

But even as I write that last sentence I need to pause and reflect on what a charming town York is. It seems that everyone we spoke to before arriving here had nothing but praise about this lovely town, and I can see why.

The top “tourist attractions” have now been crossed off the list, and I’ll try to give you a glimpse into what we have seen – through the lens of my camera…

Hill

Clifford’s Tower

Right in the center of Old York sits Clifford’s Tower high up on a tall mound with steep grassy slopes.  This is all that remains of York Castle which was built by William the Conqueror.

York was a walled Medieval city, and much of the ancient walls still remain as well as elaborate entry gates.  In fact, according to Wikipedia, York has more miles of intact wall than any other city in England.

Passing by some of the fortified stone walls while on our double decker bus

Passing by some of the fortified stone walls while on our double-decker bus

Royal entry gate into the city

Royal entry gate into the city

Scattered about town at random places one can find a bright yellow bicycle attached to a wall or the side of a building. I’m not sure why, but suspect it has something to do with the Tour de France bike race that started here in Yorkshire Dales this year.

Our biggest adventure today was spending a couple of hours at the National Railway Museum.  Their collection includes over one million objects from over 300 years of railway history.  Tim’s eyes lit up like a little guy anticipating Christmas morning.

It was wonderful to see him truly enjoying a museum, and not simply humoring me and/or sitting patiently waiting while I read one more sign or took another dozen pictures. And surprisingly I loved it too. The museum is enormous and spread out over several large buildings as you might expect when dealing with something as large as trains.

We allowed three hours and could have easily spent longer.

One of the oldest trains we saw

One of the oldest trains we saw

Showing what the trains that go through the "Chunnel" are like

Showing what the trains that go through the “Chunnel” are like

Look at the people in this picture to get an idea of how huge this engine is

Look at the people in this picture to get an idea of how huge this engine is

The mail car was especially interesting with the video showing how mail was "caught" sorted and then "dropped" at the appropriate town

The mail car was especially interesting with the video showing how mail was “caught” sorted and then “dropped” at the appropriate town

Case after case housed memorabilia from all aspects of rail life

Case after case housed memorabilia from all aspects of rail life

Even former royal coaches were on display

Even former royal coaches were on display

Old train depot

Old train depot

And just a couple more things that caught my eye…

Typical York

Typical York

Charm and Whimsy

Charm and Whimsy

York has all the ingredients of a small town to make you fall in love.  Charm, beautiful architecture, history, easy to get around with good transportation, friendly people, free museums and plenty of good restaurants.

I’m awfully glad we came!

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for YOU, the many readers that take the time to follow our blog, leave us messages, and encourage us to keep on sharing our trip.  It means more than you know and I sincerely say THANK YOU!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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15 Responses to York ~ A little piece of charm, chivalry, character and whimsy

  1. Wingclipped says:

    I had to go up to York last year on business and loved the City. My meeting started at 9:00am but I got up at 6 and walked around a section of the City Walls before breakfast. There were very few people around and in some parts I really felt as if I were back in medieval times. I can’t wait to go back!

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  2. Kathy Yacone says:

    Thank you for your sharing your wonderful journey you are on. I start my morning with you and a good cup of coffee. I love sharing your adventures with my 83 year old mother over the phone. She always ask where you are at now. She chuckles at some of the stories. Especially the food parts. Life is a highway..keep calm and travel on.

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  3. Cameron boquet says:

    Hi Joanne. We loved York very much too. So charming and warm. Thanks for sharing your amazing travel. We get to dig up personal recollections and new “looks” too. Super great trip you two have going on! Continued TLC to you both. XO

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  4. If you’re still there, consider making time for a visit to Jorvik Viking Centre. You’ll get to experience the sights (and smells!) of Viking-era York. It’s a hilarious, but also very educational, experience.

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  5. The medieval walls around York must have been impressive, and pictures, probably can’t capture the value of the architecture. Glad I could travel in your suitcase and see all the sights with you. Thanks again.

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  6. John Love says:

    I love all things old or ancient, so I love anthropology, for example. But as a master mechanic i have always loved anything old in planes, trains, and automobiles!

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  7. Laura says:

    York looks like such a lovely town – I’m really dying to go back to England and explore more of the country beyond London. And I love all the yellow bicycles around town – how fun!

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