Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The City of York

We didn't plan nearly enough time in York.  
This just means that we will have to return some time soon!
As you can imagine, this two thousand year old city has quite a bit to offer. 

We checked into our hotel after a
four hour drive from London.  
The hotel wasn't horrible, but I won't mention its name as I wouldn't recommend it.
Then we took a long walk through Micklegate Bar to get to the city center.
York has more miles of intact Roman walls surrounding it than any other English city.

The city is much larger and busier than I had imagined. 
At one point I felt that I was back in London as I dodged the shoppers and tourists. 

We popped into a local pub for a late lunch.
The Golden Fleece claims to be the "most haunted pub" in York. 
Did you know that York is the most haunted city in England?

We didn't encounter any ghosts, but we were served a Yorkshire Pudding and Fish & Chips as big as your head.  No, seriously!  And they say the portions in the US are too big.
I think England is catching on pretty quickly.

After our huge lunch, we ambled along the shambles, Britain's most picturesque street.
This famous street was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is York's oldest.
Historically, it was a street of butcher shops, blood and offal running down the center of the cobblestones. 
Today you will find quaint shops and restaurants. 
The medieval buildings lean towards each other overhead.

We also visited the York Minster which I'll post about next.

When you visit York, be sure to give yourself enough time.
I want to go back and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre

You never know when one might cross your path.

The Yorkshire Rose
Micklegate Bar in York

York's MIcklegate Bar
Stocks at Priory Church of the Holy Trinity in York

Snowdrops at stone wall in York
The Golden Fleece in York

Lager at The Golden Fleece in York

Fish & chips at The Golden Fleece in York

Yorkshire Pudding at The Golden Fleece in York

Bike at The Golden Fleece in York

Pub in York

Letter Box in York

Buskers in York

City of York

The Shambles in York

Flowers in York

Alley in York

Grotesque in York

Grotesque in York

Road Sign in York

Clock in York

Have you experienced any cats, hauntings or puddings in York?
What would you add to the list of Must Experience in York?

I still have several more posts from our trip to York.
And we just returned from an weekend trip to Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
I can't wait to tell you about the Champagne District.
We are leaving Thursday for a 10 day trip to Spain and Morocco.
 I expect to be caught up on my blog posts by September.
So many photos, so little time!

I hope you will bear with me until I get back to a regular blogging schedule.
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I hope you had a wonderful Easter!


  1. You are so busy with all these lovely trips! I love York, it's the place where we always used to go for days out when i was young as its one of my mums favourite places and I can remember complaining about how often we went, but now whenever I visit my parents and they ask if I want a day out anywhere I always suggest York.

  2. Ps-that Yorkshire pudding looks good

  3. Ah, York holds a special place in our hearts, we travel there everytime we are back in the UK, my husband lived there for a couple of years and we have dear friends there. Have an amazing time in Spain and Morocco, we honeymooned in Morocco and I have spent a lot of time in Spain! You will love it! Following you on Instagram now ;) xo

  4. ah these pictures have made me homesick - York is where I moved from to Michigan, so many hours spent walking down those streets shopping and getting to work. Nice to see spring time has hit it well though!

  5. Are you sure that's a "lager in York" (wash your mouth out) :-), looks like a Theakston's bitter to me.

  6. Doh! In my defense, I did get through high school on Miller LIght :) I'll fix it asap!! Thanks for the assist!! xoxo

  7. So glad to bring you some pictures of home. What a great city! It was so cold but Spring was definitely trying to peak through. xoxo

  8. I can see why York would hold a special place, it's a beautiful city. I'm so excited & a bit nervous about Morocco. Any tips?

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