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Sep 10, 2012 - No swearing in Marks and Spencer!

10 Sept 12 Nice brekky at the Limes - very good coffee! We caught a No7 bus on Fulford Rd and rode into town. We wandered along Coney St - a main shopping location. There is a small "square" at Helens St, this is where Mansion House. We were stopped by a man selling joke books to raise money - he was a bus driver about J's age - retrenched and out of work. We knew how hard it was for him to be doing what he was doing, and bought a book. He was very apologetic, thanked us and apologised for interrupting our day #. We went into the Museum...

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Sep 9, 2012 - You'd just have to kill em wouldn't yer....

9 Sept 2012 Arose early - breakfasted, abluted and packed. On the street 8:30, hailed a cab, and minutes later we were at Waverly station. Its in chaos now but should be excellent when all the renovations are finished. Coffee and relax until 10:30 train. Train on time - found our seats (backwards again!!) and stowed bags. All good until some absolute deros got on at Newcastle - one with no shirt and tattooed wings on his back. Back from a weekend away drinking and the other. And everyone on the train got all the details! First class next...

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Aug 2, 2012 - Edinburgh to York

Good evening to everyone, We travelled from the north back into England and the delightful city of York. York is a walled city and one of the few walled cities where the wall is still in existence. The wall was built over a thousand years ago. The Romans founded York but they were overrun by the Saxons, who were overrun by the Vikings who were overrun by the Normans. The city is lovely with a huge cathedral, the York Minster. This was built between 1200 and 1450. It was built as a catholic church but, of course, when Henry 8th decided to...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Around York

We were up and ready for breakfast about 8:30 this morning and ate in the breakfast room at the hotel. It was a very adequate breakfast with scrambled eggs, sausages, etc., though I stuck to my usual cereal. We set off for the park and ride and took the bus into York. It works out very reasonably, as the children ride free. We walked down to the Jorvik Centre and the line was quite short. We all enjoyed the experience. Fiona has little recollection of it, though she knows she was there. Christine and I were there last year and it was quite...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Bo'ness to York

We woke to clear blue skies at 6:00 am today. The clearest, bluest we have seen since leaving Canada. We got the van packed and had breakfast and said our sad goodbyes to Nan. Lillias, her friend, had dropped her off shortly before we left and we were able to thank Lillias for her kindness in allowing Nan to stay at her home while we occupied Nan's. The drive south was better than expected I drove the first part and the Edinburgh traffic was lighter than I expected, considering it was rush-hour. I drove past Newcastle, and the GPS took us...

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Jun 9, 2012 - York, England

What an attractive and inviting old city! So many narrow every-which-way streets filled with medieval buildings as well as modern stores with fashionable merchandise – a pleasing combination. (York's most famous attraction, York Minster, an imposing Anglican Gothic cathedral, was closed for serious renovation.) We had an excellent guide who told us about the cathedral, Constantine's part in the city's history, and Shambles, the street that was once where folks went to buy fresh meat. Hooks under the eaves of the storefronts and narrow...

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May 8, 2012 - England - York

2nd May 2012 (Bed No 28) A 3½ hour drive brought us to York. We had been to York in 1991 so this was really just going to be a stopover. We still had half a day to relax and explore so why not, another walking tour. Must admit, I am starting to get over the history lessons. Even though it is very interesting, it’s all sounding the same. No more walking tours in the UK, we only have a few days left before we arrive in London. Now that we knew the history of York, seen some lovely sites and ruins, visited West Minster and listened to some...

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May 3, 2012 - Weatherby and Rail Museum

We headed out to Weatherby to explore the town and also to walk one of “1001 Great Walks of Great Britain” published by the AA. The walk was OK but not spectacular. After our walk we headed back to York to visit the National Rail Museum as the weather became wet yet again! The museum has an amazing collection of trains and carriages including a replica of The Rocket, a number of royal carriages, and a Japanese bullet train. There was also The Warehouse which was an amazing store room of train treasures.

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May 2, 2012 - Vikings and portraits

Our second day in York saw us visiting the Jorvik Viking Centre. The centre stands on the site of an important archaeology find which discovered the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking city of Jorvik. The Centre presents the history of the Vikings and displays a number of artefacts. In an interesting display we were taken via a time capsule (ride) around a recreation of the city getting an interesting perspective of the city. After Jorvik we decided we wanted a good walk so we decided to go outside York to Beningbrough Hall and...

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May 1, 2012 - Walking around York

We had visited York several times but quite awhile back. We were going to start our day by walking the old town walls but dogs were not allowed on the walls unfortunately. So instead we headed into the town, Daisy once again enjoying visiting a new place – she is a real tourist! The history of York goes back to Roman times when they chose the site of modern day York as a military camp. The city was much fought after the Romans and in its time the city of York was: • Capital of the Roman empires northern European territories. • Centre for...

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Mar 14, 2012 - Naburn, York

We bussed into York again and since it was a cold, grey day we elected to visit the York Castle Museum. Having spent over 3½ hours there and only seeing half of it we were impressed when given an extension for tomorrow to go back and see the rest at no extra cost. We lost our way heading back for the bus and consequently missed it by minutes. Lucky for us there is a pub just across the road so we spent the next 45 minutes in The Red Lion, an olde-world building structured around original wooden beams which can apparently be dated back to...

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Mar 13, 2012 - Naburn, York

Caught the bus from outside the campground into York and walked around getting our bearings and a feel for this lovely old city. We decided to visit the Jorvik Viking Centre and spent several hours learning about the Viking history of York. After that we wandered the streets and visited The Minster which is an amazingly old and huge church. We bussed back late afternoon to a lovely pork casserole that had been cooking in the slow cooker.

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