|in York we stopped looking for accommodation that was different, or 'local'. Instead we went for city outskirts, with Park and Ride nearby and where Alyssa could have her own bed instead of sharing with Nanna (at the time of booking!) By the time we got there she had decided that she rather liked sleeping with Nanny. So it was the Premier Inn, where we paid for WI Fi but it was a good connection and breakfast was an additional payment too. It served the purpose. The shower was fine, one that we had come across and mastered earlier in the trip, BUT that plug!
just as well there was no camera on us! We looked behind the tap for a pull up or push down thingy-ma-jig; none. On the floor for a foot pedal; none. Under the basin for who knows what; none. The plug had nothing on it so there couldn't have originally been a chain attached which is what the bath had. There WERE scratches on it, as if someone had tried to get it out with a knife, which was encouraging in that we weren't the only dills! Then Jennie accidently pushed it one side, and it flipped side on. Problem solved. And saved the embarrassment of going to reception to ask how to get the plug out!
Into York via our Park and Ride, with some advice from some fellow travellers (who made some rude comments about Australian cricketers!)and almost immediately onto the Hop on Hop Off bus. WE got off at the Shambles. The plaque tells its origins
and wandered around,
We did wonder what the floor of the second level looked like? As sloping as the outside?
had a coffee, and looked for lucky cats.
you can go on a walking trail looking for York's 21 Lucky cats. And for a souvenir you can buy them in all shapes and sizes.
More Hop on Hop Off to see more of the city. AS always, anywhere the Romans had been there were walls, and something from the Normans
There was lots of reference to the Vikings; their trading, and in the names of many streets. The Vikings had been in York for around 100 years (contrary to all those stories of 'raids' and rape and pillage, that we were told! Their king held the northern half of England, with York as the capital. King Alfred reigned over the southern, Anglo Saxon half. The Yorvik (York) museum has loads of information from excavations; we had hoed to see it but that's now a 'next time'.
Not sure when this was built, but York had become an important Port in the Viking era. We had some trouble with that, but apparently ships came up the 60km length of the Ouse river
And it had its share of slightly more modern buildings
The original plan had been to spend at least another half day in York but when the forecast was for thunderstorms and heavy rain the decision was made to get a start before this started. So instead of getting to Fleet on the 24th, we were there after lunch on the 23rd. Great excitement all round; Alyssa with lots of news and presents for the family and Robbie because he'd not seen his sister for more than a week. Alyssa had just turned 8. She was an amazing co-traveller. Other than a few evening "I want my Mum and Dad" she had travelled and walked and looked and listened without complaint, even when she was possibly bored. She had engaged people in conversation, asked them intelligent questions and though we may have bypassed a few places, we went to others that without her we would not have seen or information we would not have heard about.