York's Medieval Wall
As in other places with extensive walls, they can be walked, so off we skipped. Largely these Medieval folks built on top of the preexisting Roman wall.
Made it to our next to last city in England on 2 July. York has an extensive and varied history. First settled by the Romans who, of course, erected walls and other durable structures, followed by Saxons, Vikings, Normans then evolving into the English we know today. Quite a lot of history, but the Minster (think cathedral) is the most impressive sight. Construction began in 1230 and required a full 250 years for completion. It's the largest we have seen on this trip. The Middle Ages stained glass is breathtaking. There is more in this one cathedral than exists in the entire remainder of England. The reason it exists here is during the English Civil War York was pro-royal, but the commander of the Parliamentary forces who subdued the town was from York, and he precluded destruction of the stained glass as the crazed Reformists did elsewhere. BTW, today is July, 4th but we saw no celebrations. We had imagined the British would celebrate getting rid of us. Another BTW, HP is no longer suggesting to Bird England would be a nice place to relocate. The weather is very seldom even 70 F and something, generally not much, falls from the
York Minster from Wall
Snapped shot of the Minster as we journeyed along the wall. This is the only location we discovered where the entire Minster could be captured, albeit only upper elevation, as buildings clutter the view closer in.
sky each day.
Bird was so looking forward to visiting our last English city, Cambridge, its Trinity College and Wren Library. However, no visitors have been allowed since the COVID pandemic began making the stop something of a bust. Silver living for readers as only two pictures.
Okay, we wing across the Irish Sea to Dublin tomorrow for a special treat. Stay tuned. Last note, one of us always becomes a bit sad when something ends. Including tomorrow we will have been to the Heathrow airport four times and very likely never again. Sure, London is no Rome (what is), but it's a fabulous city. The British Museum is way past amazing. Go there folks.
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