York

York: She's got a tough exterior but she really is full of beauty on the inside.

“Nowhere in England is there another spot so full of charm as York…”
 – Edwin Risdale Tate

In an effort to see explore more of the U.K. whilst we are living in Cambridge, Phoebe and I decided on a ‘weekend’ (Monday and Tuesday) in York.

About York:
York is so old.

She was founded in 71 A.D.

Let me put this into some perspective for you… this was right around the time that the Gospel of Mark was written. Like I said, she’s been around a while. She’s got a tough exterior, (a Roman wall), and she’s truly beautiful on the inside.

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A lot of this wall was built in 71 A.D. by the Romans, and you can still walk around on it today. It’s about 4km long, and goes around the city centre. If walls could speak, I’m sure these walls would have some epic stories to tell.

Where we stayed:
Friar’s Rest. Google it. It’s this £49 p/night B&B, complete with an English Breakfast for both of us in the morning, that looked a little like this:

This breakfast was included in our accommodation, and we were staying a 15 minute walk from the city centre. I'm proper impressed by this.
Proper English Breakfast. Ta.

What we did:
We walked around. Nothing gives you a sense of a city like walking and simply wandering. Without an agenda and without the need for pace, there’s a certain sense of delight that comes from ‘discovering’ something all by yourself, without TripAdvisor reviews and without Google Maps telling you where to walk.

So, we wandered, and we found some cool things, like this:

St Mary's Abbey Ruins, built in 1294, is 694 years older than Phoebe.
St Mary’s Abbey Ruins, built in 1294, is 694 years older than Phoebe.

and this:

Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa. Everything in York is pretty, and also super British.
Cedar Court Grand Hotel and Spa. Everything in York is pretty, and also super British.

and this:

York Minster is so massive that I didn't even try to capture the whole thing in a photo. So much detail on such a grand scale.
York Minster is so massive that I didn’t even try to capture the whole thing in a photo. So much detail on such a grand scale.

We also met some cool locals, like this guy:

This is Oz. His human taught us all about York Minster and the history of it all. We found out that the stone masons have to undergo a ten year apprenticeship, as they still use medieval techniques to preserve the authenticity of the building.
This is Oz. His human taught us all about York Minster and the history of it all. We found out that the stone masons have to undergo a ten year apprenticeship, as they still use medieval techniques to preserve the authenticity of the building.

We ate dinner here:

Kennedy's. Cheap cocktails, with 50% off food on Monday nights. Hello!
Kennedy’s. Cheap cocktails, with 50% off food on Monday nights. Hello!

Then we went on a walking ghost tour with this guy:

The walking ghost tour actually wasn't that amazing, but that's part of holidays, right? Not every experience you do is going to be unbelievable. I do like this photo though, so it's still included.
The walking ghost tour actually wasn’t that amazing, but that’s okay. Not every experience you do is going to be unbelievable. It was the touristy thing to do, and I got to capture this portrait.

The next morning, we walked around a bit more and we found this:

Clifford's Tower dates back to the 13th century. The previous tower was burnt down after York's Jewish community was surrounded by a mob and committed mass suicide. It's been a prison, a treasury, ruins, apartments and now serves as a museum. So. Much. History.
Clifford’s Tower dates back to the 13th century. The previous tower was burnt down after York’s Jewish community was surrounded by a mob and committed mass suicide. It’s been a prison, a treasury, ruins, apartments and now serves as a museum. So. Much. History.

I also had the best coffee I’ve had since arriving in the UK. Ahhhmazing.

Spring Espresso, you have my heart.
Spring Espresso, you have my heart.

After some more wandering and Visiting a Viking Museum, we  treated ourselves to Afternoon Tea!

Betty's. This tea house became an operations base of sorts during WWII. Soldiers who ate and worked there inscribed their names and messages into the mirrors, which can still be seen today.
Betty’s. This tea house became an operations base of sorts during WWII. Soldiers who ate and worked there inscribed their names and messages into the mirrors, which can still be seen today.

That pretty much sums up York!

Sorry if you saw this Blog entry and thought ‘TLDR’ (too long, didn’t read), but there was so much to capture. If nothing else, I hope you can enjoy the pics!

That’s it for now.

Much love,
CB


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