Return to York, and meeting Uncle Len
Trip Start Jul 04, 2006
63Trip End Jan 16, 2007
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November 19th Sunday,
Last night we stayed at Dolly's sister, Nuala's place. Nuala was away at a show and was then staying with another sister, so we had the place to ourselves. First thing this morning she came home especially to cook us a hot breakfast before we head off. Their family always amazes us as they can never do enough for you
After brekky we traveled from Elland to York which is only about an hour away, and after we had parked the car we went straight to the tourist office to arrange accommodation for tonight. Once that was organized we had a quick look around at some of York's amazing shops and streets before heading back to collect the car around 1.00pm and move it from the car park to the B&B we have booked as we can now get into our room. Once settled into our B&B we went for a walk around the historic wall that surrounds York. It is only a few kilometers so it shouldn't take us too long; however after stopping umpteen times for photos and to take in the sights, it seems to take us a lot longer than it should which is not unusual for us. I will let the photos tell the story as I'm sure they will tell it better than I ever could. The weather here is icy cold at the moment and it definitely feels like snow is in the air, so to warm up we decide to stop at one of the lovely coffee shops. One of the customers there said that it wouldn't snow because rain was in the air (we will see).
Next we are off to the York Minister, and today we are going to explore the Undercroft. Below ground are the remains of a Roman fortress (photography is not allowed so you could see if you can get some pictures off the internet) and the footing of an old Roman road. Viking, Norman, and medieval carvings, together with treasures and jewels of past archbishops are all here and it is truly amazing
When we got home I phoned my Uncle Len who is my Dad's brother. I have never met him before so it felt a bit strange to hear this voice that sounds just like my Dad on the other end of the phone. We organized to meet him tomorrow at about 5 o'clock so that will be for me a bit scary and I'll let you all know how it goes tomorrow.
November 20th Monday'
After a full English breakfast we head out for a big day in the city of York. We are off to the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens (York's first and finest museum) that are set in the most beautiful gardens in the heart of York and lie on the banks of the River Ouse. The museum is home to some of the most fascinating archeology in the region as well as many squirrels that captivated Brian and I as we walked through the museum gardens
Off to Len's, and when we get there we drive him to his daughter's as Uncle Len has bad eyes he can no longer drive. This is the first time I have met my Uncle Len he is my dad's younger brother. He was in his late 20's when we left England, I was only little so I reminded him that I was the cute one in the family. It was a great visit and I now have a few questions to ask dad when I get home. Len told me mum was born in Sligo, Ireland which I didn't know, and he also showed me a photograph of my grandfather, and as far as I can remember I have never seen one before. My uncle George back in Australia looks remarkably like my grandfather. Uncle Len wants to keep in contact and now that we have met I will definitely keep writing to him.