York Journals

In the Footsteps of the Romans and the Vikings...

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A May 2007 trip to York by Red Mezz

View from the train station Photo, More Photos
Quote: A day long visit to this city in Northern England, has made me appreciate my English neighbor and marvel at the structures it's created.

In the Footsteps of the Romans and the Vikings...

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Overview

View from the train station Photo,
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Whenever I first arrive in a new country, pretty much the first thing I do is start grilling the locals on all there is to see and do, what are the things to miss, and what are the things you should be ashamed of not seeing. When it came to my English neighbor, the place that has come up again and again is York. It’s a trip, not far from my doorstep that I have been trying to make the entire time I have lived in Britain, and after so much hype, it was sure to be somewhat of a let down. But to my utter and complete delight, the Saturday I found myself pulling into the York train station after warily watching clouds hover over the coastal ride down, was perfect weather, and York turned ou...Read More

Earl Grey Tea Rooms

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Restaurant | "Earl Grey Teahouse"

Earl Grey Tea Rooms Photo,
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As we were only in the city of York for a day, we wanted to get in as much of the atmosphere as possible and try as many of its little local specialties. After about five hours of walking around and taking photos we decided to take a break, and look for a nice little place to write post cards and have some coffee. There are certainly no shortage of restaurants or cafes in York, which does make it difficult in choosing the right place to eat and enjoy. If you are staying more than a day, then you have the lucky task of exploring more of the eateries and cafes the city has to offer. But if you don't have the time for exploring them, then I'd be happy to recommend the great little place call...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2007

Earl Grey Tea Rooms
13-14 Shambles
York, England YO1 7LZ
+44 1904 654353

Gert and Henry's

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Restaurant

Gert and Henry's Photo, York, England
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Just about 2pm, after several hours of walking around and sightseeing in the city of York, we decided we should probably start scouting out a good place to have dinner. York seemed to be teeming with great places to eat, and though we had had a few carveries recommended, they were a little bit pricey for our day trip. We were looking for something local, something wholesome, and with enough to sustain us for the train ride home, that wasn't going to cost a fortune. Wandering just about side of the Newgate market, and getting hungrier by the minute looking at all the local produce, we suddenly stumbled onto what looked like the perfect choice. It was a great little building, r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2007

Gert and Henry's
4 Jubbergate
York, England YO1 8RT
+44 (1904) 621445

York Minster

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Attraction

Inside York Minster Photo, York, England
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I got on a train to York with only one true intention in mind - to photograph York Minster. I'd seen friend’s photos of the building, and heard many people say what an incredible structure it was, and was eager to see for myself. Even so, I was a little bit wary that it might indeed turn out to be just like every other Gothic structure in Europe, and living in Great Britain for four years will certainly leave you accustomed to such sights. I left hopeful - but still unconvinced. When the train stopped and I left the station, eager to make my way to the Minster encase the rain should start up, it was the first thing that caught my eye. It stands out in the centre of this city, and is an ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2007

York Minster
Minster Yard
York, England YO1 7JA
+44 (190) 455 7216

Clifford's Tower

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Attraction

Clifford's Tower Photo, York, England
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Not unlike most remaining structures in the British Isles, the building now known as Clifford's Tower just outside of York town centre has a rich and checkered history. Its story begins in the city as a wooden structure atop a small local hill designed to help subdue anti-Norman feelings in the northern part of the country. The original structure was built around 1068 - a time when York was a very important area in the kingdom, and a base for a lot of England's dealing with the northern half of the island and all its invaders. Originally commissioned by William the Conqueror - the castle went through several stages after being subjected to rebel sieges and rebuilt in wood by the Norman...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 8, 2007

Clifford's Tower
Tower Street
York, England YO1 9RY
+44 1904 646940

The Shambles

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Attraction

The Shambles Photo, York, England
Quote:
Before I ever moved to Great Britain I had a lot of ideas kicking around in my head about what the place looked like, and what it offered. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for old English literature, and found myself picturing scenes out of Bronte and Dickens more than once. And living in Edinburgh, I must admit those images were not always far off. But in many of my trips into England - particularly in the industrial areas like Manchester and Sheffield I had my quaint Dickens-like imagery slightly shattered. However, for those of you also looking for the England of Dickens, it is not far from the streets of York, and the best place to find the beautiful old England you've read so much about is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2007

The Shambles
City Center
York, England YO1 7LZ