Wednesday August 27th ~ York, England
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…
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.
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.
And just a couple more things that caught my eye…
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!