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Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York October 14th 2021

A short and only slightly delayed train ride found us in York by lunchtime. The purpose of this visit was to have afternoon tea at Bettys, which is a Yorkshire institution and somewhere I have wanted to visit for years, but haven't got round to it on previous trips to York, and I haven't been to any of the places that have Bettys either. The original Bettys was opened in 1919 in Harrogate and no one knows why it was named Bettys. The story behind this successful small chain is quite interesting. A Swiss orphan, Fritz Bützer, travelled Europe learning his craft and in 1907 arrived in England. He took the wrong train and ended up in Bradford instead of the south coast, his original destination. He found work for a Swiss confectioner and by 1915 ... read more
York Minister

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York August 30th 2019

The day was spent walking around York, the old city. We walked the Roman wall, seen Clifford’s Tower, York Ministry,The Shambles and Jorvik Viking Centre. As well we did a river cruise picturing in our minds the Viking ships coming down the Ouse River. The evening hours spent in interesting conversations and a beautiful dinner with Jacqui and Tony. Another beautiful interesting day. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York July 31st 2019

Leaving Sileby we had a great run up north; luckily there were no traffic problems. Our first stop was North Cowton which is 140 miles from Sileby and where we went to meet up with our cousin Valerie and her husband Keith. The last time Kev and I saw them was when they stayed with us for a few days in Sydney so there was plenty to talk about. Val and Keith were not that long back from a visit to see one of their sons who now lives in Brisbane. Norfth Cowton, where Val and Keith live, is a lovely Yorkshire village which, like Rearsby, is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It was where, in August 1138, the English armies defeated the Scottish at nearby Cowton Moor so it's definitely somewhere you could spent time ... read more
Michelle, Keith & Charlotte
The girls in the garden

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York June 21st 2019

Back on the coach we bid a fond adieu to Scotland and cross over into England at Northumberland. There was an amazing view of the North Sea as we crossed back into England. The sun was shining and the warmth of the day was upon us. Quite the welcome back. We are heading today to York, our last stop before returning to London. Our first stop the town of Alnwick. It means town on the clear river. We examined the outside of the castle from the 11th century. It is an outstanding example of a Norman castle. It was updated by Queen Victoria and the outside was used in the movie as a back drop in Harry Potter and in the TV show, Downton Abbey. A quick photo stop, and on to the center of town ... read more
Alan snoozing on the bus
Remains of Hadrian's Wall
York Minster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York October 4th 2018

I have an observation from a comment from yesterday that I thought some more of you might be interested in: “I suspect we will see several Cathedrals in London and I am looking forward to it. So far, they have all been spectacular in their own ways. York Minster is different from any of the others we have seen because of the stone it is built in. I think our bus guide said it was Yorkshire stone but wouldn’t swear to that. At any rate, the color of the stones is a light, creamy color—not stained at all which, to me, makes it look like that huge edifice could almost float up into the air. It really is an amazing building.” Goathland train station, where Harry Potter was filmed, was our first stop today. We rode ... read more
Swalford Sheep
Info on Goathland Station
Goathland Station

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York October 1st 2018

Oh, my, the things that we have SEEN! I’m going to have to be diligent about posting, just to keep up with the flow of photos. Our first night on the road was in York, where we managed to score a garret room (no lift) at a pretty, central hotel, in the midst of York’s Air Balloon Fest (a surprise to us). Unfortunately, the event made the traffic “bedlam” - it took an HOUR to travel 800 feet! I parked on “double yellow lines” overnight, so had to rise before dawn to move the car to a legal spot - but I was going out anyway, to watch the balloon launch. Upon our arrival, we took a twilight stroll into the old city and explored The Shambles (preserved medieval streets). We were astonished at the size ... read more
Garden at the Crown Inn
Pub lunch
Wheatlands Lodge, York

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York September 14th 2018

The skies were a little grey today but at least it stayed dry for our visit to Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens. 
Built in the 18th century, this Italian-style baroque house has been shaped by its numerous occupants. It has an intriguing story to tell, beginning with the wealthy teenager who built the mansion way back to its occupation by the RAF in the Second World War & in more recent times the re-invention as a country-house gallery, in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. The collection inside the house includes over 100 18th century portraits on permanent loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London. During our visit there was a special exhibition celebrating creative & influential women who have made an outstanding contribution to art, music and culture, from Judi Dench to Amy Winehouse ... read more
Walled Garden
Walled Garden
One of many

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York May 1st 2018

We left beautiful Newstead Abbey Monday morning and headed north to Whitby, with a planned stop in York. I had visited both of these areas when I was younger visiting our family one summer. My sister wanted to see both places and my dad loves beach towns. So we were looking forward to our first tourist activity. It was a cold and windy day, but at least the sun was out! The weather was slowly improving. We drove through some nice little villages until we wound up in a city parking lot on the south side of the city. Our first stop was Clifford's Tower, where we picked up our English Heritage passes. These were worth it, especially for me and my sister (my parents were not overly tourist site ambitious). It is a 9-day oversea ... read more
Clifford's Tower
The Shambles
York Minster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York September 18th 2017

Having looked at the weather forecast for the next couple of days, we decided that tomorrow would be the best day for exploring the surrounding area, so today was the day for the City of York. We had decided that we would visit the York Castle Museum, then the Clifford's Tower (which was right next to the museum). After breakfast we headed down to the Museum. The building had been used for a number of purposes over the years, including a prison, so was divided into sections covering the different aspects of the building, and also important periods of time in York itself. York has been associated with a number of confectionery businesses - Terry's, Rowntrees, and more- so there was a chocolate theme running through the displays too. In one section there is a cobbled ... read more
The Victorian street in the castle museum
Looking towards the Minster from Clifford's tower
The town wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » York February 20th 2017

This week, York is celebrating it's viking heritage with the largest Viking Festival in Europe. The original Viking festival celebrated the coming of spring. Tolkein-Dwarvian men will compete for best beard, learn how to fire arrows, fight with long swords and conserve archaeological finds. To celebrate my viking heritage, I learnt to wield a long sword (youtube + wooden spoon = close enough) and knit weave metal, all whilst drinking ale (much like cognac in January, this ale is not my cup of tea). Please enjoy the picture of the bus. Coming up this week - Mother Langugae Day, St Lucian Independence, Mash, Mahashivaratri, N'cwala and Wear Red Day. Any festivals coming up that I should be celebrating? Message me here, or tweet me @fighiggins.... read more

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