16.05.2015 - 16.05.2015
We are now staying in a street of clean windows! I've never seen a street where everyone's windows are so crystal clean. Mum would be impressed!
Our journey from Whitehorn, Congleton to No. 34 (Bootham Cres, York) lasted from 8:35 until 10:30. The GPS, Rob and I seem to have overcome our teething problems and journeys are becoming smoother, thanks to Rob's impecable planning.
The main township of Shrewsbury was surrounded by a river but York is surrounded by a wall built by the Romans in 71AD. The walk around the top of the wall stretches for approx 1.7 miles and offers views of Deans Park, York Minster (presently having major exterior wall restoraton) and Holy Trinity Church to name a few. The River Oust runs through the town, enabling charter boats to ferry sightseers around, whilst the city Sightseeing Tour buses meet the needs of land tourists. Those of us doing it on foot are discovering the streets and sights are all condensed into a very easy to walk area.
We met about 4 or 5 families of geese in the park today. Large numbers of goslings were with their parents, behaving like seagulls. The youngsters were hacking into each other, all over a piece of bread! Daddy gosling wasn't keen on having his photograph taken, and even less keen on the black cocker spaniel wanting to join his family group. Much hissing was being made.
Being a people watcher, I have not been able to help myself from comparing locals for the areas we have travelled through to date. The locals in York appear to have a very eclectic wardrobe, short legs, and everyone looks chilly. The sun was out and whilst the wind was brisk, most people wore large closed in coats, scarves, hats etc to block the chill. They love to talk and just keep keeping on. Molly, who served Rob his apple pie today said it is quiet in town on Sunday mornings. Rob enquired if it was due to morning services, she thought it more likely they would be recovering from the night before! The gentleman waving in the breeze outside pub at 6:00 tonight, oblivious to the fact his fly unbuttoned made her proposal seem most likely. Many were heading out for a night in town as we were heading back to No.34.
The antique stores have a wonderful variety of wares and Mr Rob was delighted to purchase a signed copy of R.100 today.
Yorvik was a must see for many of us in York today. The modern carriage, took you through a guided tour of Yorvik life 1000 yrs ago. It has been created from archeological digs, revealing the ancient city. Can honestly say I was not sold on the smell of their home cooked stew aroma at one display of an historical home. Not sure where they plugged in the hairdryer, washing machine and dishwasher...may prefer mod cons myself!
Happily our cameras have clicked away this afternoon capturing towers, walls, brickwork, doorways, shop fronts and other delights.
After much deliberation we entered 'Wackers' for dinner. It claims to have York's best chips. Not sure about that however, crispier batter for fish would be harder to find, and yorkshire puds come in jumbo,enormous dinner plate size!