Off to York!

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December 4th 2011
Published: December 5th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

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The Micklegate entrance into the city centre.
Woke up early this morning to snow! There was not much and by the time I went outside to go to the train station it was mostly slush on the ground. I spent the morning on the train and arrived in York around 12:45 in the afternoon. Check-in time was not until 2 p.m. so I went for a bit of a walk to familiarize myself with the town. My bag got quite heavy so I went back to the hostel and I was able to check in a bit early. The Ace Hostel (where I am staying) is a Georgian townhouse from 1752. Instead of packing my large suitcase I managed to condense everything I needed for 10 days into a large red carpet bag, a medium shoulder bag that I got in Paris and my purse. It is a good thing too because the ‘lockers’ in the rom are very small and even my condensed packing won’t all fit into the ‘locker’. I am in a 10 bed female dorm. There are only two other girls in the room at the moment so I was able to get a bottom bunk, which is nice because my tailbone is still
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My 10 person dorm room.
bothering me off and on. After dropping off my bags I went for a walk through the Shambles. The Shambles are York 's oldest, and Europe's best preserved Medieval streets. It really is a very special place. There I found a few interesting stores. There was an overflow bookstore where extra copies of books go, I went in and, even though I don’t have room for anything, I bought a book. There was also a cooking store which I spent a fair bit of time in, lots of baking and cooking things, it was like Williams Sonoma and Michaels put together. Even though I was tempted I did not buy anything there. I made my way through the Shambles, past the Christmas fair booths to York Minster. I went inside but there was an evening service and it was late so I will go back tomorrow to take a look around the church and crypt. I stopped at a cafe type restaurant for a nice dinner of cottage pie and chips, before heading back (only getting a little lost) to the hostel.

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Dorm 2

This room used to be a Dressing Room in the 18th century.
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My Bunk

My bottom bunk, by the bathroom. (Which is why you can see the door in the picture)

Our bathroom, which while handy is really small. I can stand with my back against the door and reach my arm out to touch the far wall!

The really tiny lockers underneath the bed.
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Cooking Store 1

This store had a lot of neat things including a three tier cooling rack.
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Cooking Store 2

I saw these coasters and thought that they were cute.
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Cooking Store 3

If someone wanted them for Christmas they should let me know soon!
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Cooking Store 4

While not exciting in and of themselves, these are the corn on the cob holders that we use to have growing up!!
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The Shambles 1

A walk through the Shambles.
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The Shambles 2

With its many narrow streets.
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The Shambles 4

Christmas lights are going up everywhere.
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Christmas Market

Some Christmas stalls. At least I think that they are here for Christmas although I suppose that there could be stalls all the time.
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York Minster 1

The famous York Minster.
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York Minster 2

It is a huge church this picture shows about half of it. While my camera takes great pictures it is not the best at landscape photos.

5th December 2011

Off to York
What a fabulous place. The coasters look real cute. They would be a neat reminder of the birds we've seen together. I hope Santa puts them in my stocking. Have a great trip. Love you

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