Today's plan is a day outing to our favourite historic city, York, meeting a friend called Richard for lunch. It's raining this morning. I'm hoping the weather on the other side of the Pennines is better. Graham has an appointment this morning and it took longer than expected so we were a bit late arriving. Another glitch but this time, having a shiny new mobile phone was very handy! We found the lovely historic pub, The Last Drop Inn without any trouble. This pub is one of three that are owned by a York micro brewery, all using the theme of the gallows. The other two actually have replicas of Gallows which would be very cool to see. Will have to make a point of drinking in the other two next time! This pub has memorabilia reminiscent of the highwayman Dick Turpin and has no ugly modern intrusions like pool tables or gambling machines. We had a few drinks and a nice meal. We could have sat there all afternoon talking but our friend had to get going and do some work. Or at least that was his plan. He didn't end up doing a stick of work and accused *us* of being bad influences!
We went to Monk Bar, one of the old York city gates. There is a small museum in this old city gate that honours the memory of Richard III, the last of the medieval kings and the most notorious one. He has long been rumoured to have killed two princes, his nephews, in the Tower of London and thus claim the throne for himself. There is a Richard III Society that maintains this is a scurrilous piece of bad publicity generated by the Tudors who wrestled the throne from Richard a few years later and this museum is run by that Society. It basically puts forth the against arguments and counters them with positive evidence and arguments. Visitors are invited to vote. There are posters all over that emulate the kinds of tabloid headlines that would have been written if the scandal had hit in today's world.
After leaving there, we walked some of the walls that surround much of the city, the stretch that circles behind the mighty York Minster looks over beautiful gardens and probably has the prettiest views. It's still a bit cloudy but warm and the sun is evident most of the time.
We walk through the older narrow lanes and window shop, admiring one particular store that specializes in armour and swords. We check out the Shambles and have a peek into the grand Minster. The old architecture is one of the main reasons I love York. We really haven't time to go to any of the other museums so another visit in the future is definitely in order. York is a very old city going back to the Roman times and flourished with the Viking occupation. York Minster is one of the largest cathedrals in the UK and is very impressive from the inside and from the outside, dominating the skyline.
We head back to Manchester by train in the early evening and arrive home by about 8:30. A quiet evening in to rest our feet.