UK Road Trip

September 6, 2014 — York

We started the day with another good English breakfast from Paul and Julie at Ashborne House (we’ll wonder later why we didn’t walk off all these calories).  After breakfast, we walked to the walled medieval city of York, as we wanted to get the free tour of York at 11:00.  Marylee remarked on the way that the leaves are turning but the roses are still blooming.  It rained off and on all day, but we were prepared in our rain gear.  We reached the Minster, where the tour started, having walked about 2 1/2 miles, just before 11.  Alan Sharp, our guide (looks like a small version of Hagrid from Harry Potter) is a history buff and has written 2 books.  After the tour we googled him and found that he’s also a stand-up comic.  He knew his York history—here are a few of the things he touched on (not in chronological order but in the order we visited places on the tour):

The walking tour lasted 3 hours, with a 20 minute break in the middle.  When the tour ended about 2:00 we went to the Cross Keys pub for a pint and some nachos.  We sat a long time to rest our tired feet, then walked to York Minster for a tour.  It’s an amazing structure with beautiful stained glass windows.  We went below to the undercroft and also visited the Chapter House.  We timed our visit so we could stay for the evening prayer service called Evensong in the Church of England (Anglican church).  It was a lovely 50 minute service in the Quire, and the acoustics were great for the men and boy choristers.  After Evensong we went to dinner at the nearby Cafe Concerto.  We thought it was the best meal we’ve had in England.  We took a cab back to the B & B as we’d walked about 6 1/2 miles today.  

Ouse River 

Walking tour of York (1,800 year-old wall, Roman caskets)

Walking tour of York - St Mary’s Abbey ruins

Walking tour of York

Walking tour of York - going up to walk on the wall

Walking tour of York - Minster from the wall

Walking tour of York - our guide Alan Sharp

The Shambles

Clifford's Tower

Walking tour of York - Harry Potter on the carousel?

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster - The King’s Screen

York Minster - Evensong in the Quire

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