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Solo Female's Visit to York, May 2006

Jun 8, 2006  
4.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

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  • 1. Arrival and Bar Convent
    Bar Convent Bed and Breakfast, York

    Was priveleged enough to be able to visit York 8-12 May-arrived about 6 PM from Bath via train. Short walk to the Bar Convent B&B, can't say enough good things about my stay there! After checking in went into the lounge for a cup of coffee, met another guest who had arrived that day who very kindly walked into the town center with me. As he was looking for dinner and I wanted to walk about more, we eventually went our separate ways. The town center is beyond charming! Ended up going on a somewhat cheesy ghost walk, it was fun tho. Finally tried an English pasty, with milk, less than 3 GBP for a good meal! Returned to the convent, re-heated my dinner in the kitchen there, had a bath in a lovely big tub and turned in with a book from the guest's library.

  • 2. Yorkshire Museum
    Yorkshire Museum, York

    First stop of the day was the Yorkshire Museum. While waiting for it to open walked about the adjacent Norman ruins of St. Mary's Abbey and took photos. Spent about 4 hours in the museum which provided an outstanding overview of Constantine and the Roman era. Also info on Danish (Danelaw), then Viking periods and another section on prehistory with many fossilized remains, as well as a pottery section, Norman/Norman inspired wares.

  • 3. York Minster
    York Minster, York

    Next stop was the York Minster where I joined a guided tour. Lots of 13th-14th century stained glass, fascinating to hear about how it's all disassembled, cleaned, and re-leaded every 150 years or so. The circular Chapter House was one of my favorite things out of a 5 week trip, with the finely detailed stone carving. The lower tier of carving was a floral motif that was repeated around entire room except for one carving of doves instead. But nobody could tell me what significance this has! ...shades of "The DaVinci Code" and Rosslyn Chapel! Intricately carved wooden organ loft, many touching war memorials, women on the home front remembered also. Stayed for evensong, sung by boy's and men's choirs, just lovely. This was followed by bell practice, sat on a bench outside to listen for a while. It seemed to make everyone smile, maybe because it was so LOUD! Funny watching people try to talk on cell phones with all that going on! Walked back toward convent, stopping at a store for fresh veggies and stuff. Cooked and ate dinner. Then walked a bit along the River Ouse until almost dark.

  • 4. York City Walls
    York City Walls, York

    Up early next morning for wall walking-incredibly beautiful with flowers in bloom and being almost eye level with leafy trees, views of the minster-more photos! Then went on the free city walk, which covered pretty much the same ground I'd already seen on my own and on that cheesy ghost walk, but provided invaluable information explaining it.

  • 5. Merchant Adventurers' Hall
    Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York

    After the walk stopped at the Merchant Adventurers Hall, interesting info re: medieval guilds, also dark & dank hospital in lower level, and of course the ancient building itself was most interesting.

  • 6. York Castle Museum
    York Castle Museum, York

    Then on to the Castle Museum which has an excellent "from birth to death" displays showing items from different eras from simple day to day activities. The Victorian Street exhibit is just what it says, a Victorian Street with various shops, bank, etc. After that returned to the convent and washed laundry, had dinner... bit worried about what will be my first attempt at UK driving the next day!

  • 7. Departure and first time driving in the UK!

    Sure enough, shortly after breakfast the car people called, then delivered the cute little car that was to be mine for the next 9 days. Ultimately it wasn't nearly as tough driving as I'd thought, got all worked up for nothing! Headed off to Hadrian's Wall, hands frozen to the wheel, eyes glued to the road.