York - The City of Old

Trip Start May 30, 2012
Trip End Nov 07, 2012

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Friday, September 7, 2012

York. Old walls, narrow winding shop streets, cathedrals galore, haunted houses, and years and years of history. In other words, the picture perfect medieval city. We left Berwick on Saturday and caught the bus to Newcastle to catch a further train to York. We got into York a bit late the first night, so we really only had two full days to explore this amazing place. We were also invited by a fellow couch surfer to come to church with her on Sunday! Of course we said yes, but unfortunately she fell ill and wasn't able to make it, but we went anyways and had an amazing time. It was a really tiny church service held in a school gym and everyone was really welcoming and friendly. The worship and message were fantastic! And everything sounds so much better in an English accent! The church was really close to the old city centre, and it was such a beautiful day, so we decided to walk around the old town and walk along the old city walls. York truly is amazing. I loved the narrow shop streets along Stonegate and The Shambles. The buildings are so old and the floors creak and slope and some buildings are bulging out at the sides as if they have had too much to eat, but that just adds to all the character. The York Minster looms above everyone in all its glory with its gargoyles and towers. And every street has a story. I am sure on a cold, foggy day, when all the tourists have gone, it would make you feel as if you have taken a step back in time.

On Monday, we got up early to get a head start on a very event packed day. We don't normally go in to a lot of paid attractions, because it adds up after five months of traveling, but for York we made an exception. We both got the York Day Pass, which was 34 each (yikes), but allows you to go to 60 worth of attractions, so it is quite a good deal. We made good use of our passes and emptied them on some really interesting sights. We saw a real haunted house, the York Minster, the Jorvik Viking Museum (so cool), the York Dungeon, the Castle Museum, Clifford's Tower (York Castle's last remaining tower), and a few other neat things. It was definitely worth the money. I won't have time to go into detail about all of them, but I will elaborate on one of the funnest ones. The York Dungeon isn't really a dungeon. It is an hour long live-action, interactive performance with a bunch of actors that put you right in the middle of York's more frightening and gory history. Lots of creepy and bloody props and startling noises along with things popping out at you. The three main goals of the Dungeon are to educate, entertain, and scare you. You go into different rooms with different themes and different actors. When I say it's interactive, I mean the actors will talk to you, try to scare you, and even pick you out to be a part of their "demonstration". Ryan got picked on a couple times. He was accused of having the plague, got hit over the head with a mallet, almost got his head cut off, and lost his ear. But all in good fun of course. The York Dungeon was a lot if fun, but is definitely not for the faint hearted.

We were once again fortunate enough to have a couch surfing host for our three nights in York. We stayed with Paul, who is the friendliest, kindest, funniest British chap ever! Ryan and I hit it off with him instantly and it was if we had been friends for years! We laughed and played card games and cooked together every night. It was wonderful! We invited him to come visit us in Calgary, and we really hope he does soon. York is also the place where we pick up our rental car!! We have never rented a car before, and also have never driven on the opposite side of the road either. But I don't have to worry about that. Ryan is driving. :)

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Mutti & Father on

First you get scared out of your minds & now you want to drive the streets of England, a mother never stops worrying or praying. (ha ha) Miss you both alot, love always.

diie on

We loved York Would go back in a heartbeat

Auntie Karen on

Oh I could hardly wait for this part. Bob and I are going to England one year from now. I have been waiting for stories. We have it all planned out , the boat is booked. It is to early to book the flights just yet. We fly to England spend 4 days and then get on the boat for10 days. We get off the boat in Rome. I have not decided how long we will stay in Rome. Never been away from home that long so I am a little anxious "already". Keep posting, tell me more, tell me more.

Nana on

Good write up Jess Very interesting!! Take care,lovingly,Nana XX

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