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May 26, 2017 - Day 7 - York/Cambridge - Church & Festival

So the Ghost Tour last night was actually really good. I got to see some places in York I had missed earlier in the day and hear some stories that gave me goosebumps. After the tour it was a quick bite to eat before heading to bed to wake up early. Not going to lie I double checked my room several times before heading to bed as some of the ghost stories got to me. :-) Upon waking up I quickly headed straight over to York Minster. York Minster is the largest Gothic Cathedral church in Northern Europe. It took them 257 years to complete the...

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Sep 6, 2016 - York 3

Today is the last day in York, and tomorrow I head down to Coventry. I may stop in Nottingham along the way, but I have to check what's there and how much time I want to devote to that side excursion. It's 77 F here today, and that meant I could wear the only pair of shorts I brought with me!! Yes, sometimes it's the simple things in life that make me happy. For any wisenheimers out there, I said simple things, not simple me. The Army Museum proved interesting, if not a tad bit too much on the glorification of military achievements. What...

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Sep 5, 2016 - York 2

The first two pictures of today are of the interior of the St. Wilfrid Catholic Church I mentioned yesterday. I happened by on my walk to the bus stop to go to Castle Howard, which is not a castle, but more on that later. I still don't know who St. Wilfrid was or what he/she did, but I thought the interior of the church was quite nice. Thanks to my friend Mike, you will now get a short history of the Howard family who own the super manor house called Castle Howard outside of York. Thereafter, I'll give you some further information, but...

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Sep 4, 2016 - York 1

Hooray! I made it out of rainy Windermere and into sunny York. It's also a good thing I left today because the Tour of Britain, their premiere professional bicycle race goes through Windermere tomorrow. That would be a massive traffic jam!! I would like to see a stage of the race, just like I'd like to see a stage of the Tour de France and maybe the other two grand bicycle races. Leaving out the Tour of California in the U.S., today's contest question is name the other two grand bicycle races aside from the Tour de France. Hint: the Tour of...

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Aug 1, 2016 - Edinburgh - Jedburgh - York, England

Another day of bags outside our doors at 6.45am, breakfast at 7.00am and we left the hotel at 8.00am. We drove for about 1.5 hours to Floors Castle near Kelso. The Castle is the current home of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe. The castle was built in 1721 and it was definitely one of our trip highlights. We even got to meet the Duke's butler! The family move to another wing during tourist season when the castle is open to visitors and we got to tour the downstairs rooms. It was really nice to see family photos around the home amongst the old...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Day 24 York

Not sure what the weather is going to do. Weather reports indicate there is going to be rain all,over the country for the next week so when we set off for the bus stop, we took the umbrella and rain coat....just in case. We arrived in the city in plenty of time for me to go the e walking tour of the city at 10:30. I checked the meeting point at the tourist office and we went and had coffee and cake. It was almost a "Bali time" experience. I got my coffee, then my cake, Pete got his coffe and then his scone. I'd finished my cake before he...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Day 23 Whitley Bay to York

Enjoyed a nice buffet breakfast at the hotel, said goodbye to our very large room and went for a walk along the waterfront across the road. It's looking a bit sad at the moment at they are part way through revitalising the boardwalk and shopping area. Looks a bit as though they forgot they are doing the project because the demolition's happened but the rebuilding hasn't. There was a sign that said it was delayed because many migrating birds come to the area in winter and work would restart in March 2016. It's not happening. We set the FPS...

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Dec 27, 2015 - Ok I'm about 3 cities behind

I'm still going to make this post for YORK so my map will register that I've been there, (even though I'm now in London) plus it deserves a post all for itself, even though I only enjoyed 2 days there. So, my second couchsurfing experience went very well. I stayed with a guy named Jack and his mom, who was so lovely and crafty. I will include a picture of her tiny crafts that made me squeeeeeeep in real life and I'm sure when my sister sees the pictures, she will also squeep. Jack picked me up from the train station (48 POUNDS FOR A TRAIN...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Glasgow to York

What a long day today. Up early so caught an earlier train from Glasgow to York. Thought we would get something to eat at train station but only prepackaged "stuff" so instead caught train to Grantham then another short layover until train to Skegness. Never dreamt I would ever be here but here I am Dad. I made your dream come true. Here for five nights. A bit ??? disappointed in hotel but will manage through. Cousins arrive for Sat and Sun. Really looking forward to that. Then Monday will do some genealogy on our own. Tried to upload picss...

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Sep 29, 2015 - What do World War I, The Beatles, and York Debtor's Prison have in common?

Today was all museum, all the time. We thought it would take maybe three hours to go through the Yorkshire Museum and the York Castle Museum, and instead they were pursuing us at five o'clock to make us leave. The Yorkshire Museum was cute - sort of a jumble of Roman, Ice Age, and Viking artifacts, but definitely geared toward kids. There were about three hundred class field trips going through at the same time we were (OK, there were probably only three), and after a while the noise was deafening. They were very well-mannered, but...

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Sep 28, 2015 - Get thee to a nunnery!!!

I cannot say enough about how much we both have loved staying in the Bar Convent here in York. The place has just undergone an extensive 2 million pound update, is spotlessly clean, is a Grade I Heritage site; the staff is friendly, and the price was better than anything else we could find. It was founded during the Reformation in the 1620's and was hit by a bomb in WWII, when 6 nuns were killed by a delayed action bomb. We have bonded with the evening manager Phil, who has toured us proudly around the convent when we arrived at 9 pm...

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Sep 27, 2015 - The Railway Children

We spent the morning taking a walking tour of Cambridge, which was odd in a way as we have literally been walking everywhere in the old town anyway (consult the Precious for further details)but was actually fascinating. So much history form its early days as a trading port in the 600s to providing a hoe from fleeing Oxford students in 1200 (they were having a "misunderstanding" with the Oxford townsfolk about their activities) to the building of the various colleges from then on until 1965 for the most recent addition. I didn't know that...

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