Tuesday, 20 April 2010

London Day 2 - to York

St Patricks Day and we had booked tickets on the internet for the Kings Cross train to York, a journey of about 2 hours. The view was interesting with London suburbs changing in style and then giving way to farmland, with few animals to be seen, no doubt still sheltering from the winter nights in the barns. The church steeples in small villages could be seen from far away.

Arriving in York we took our overnight bags to our cute B&B and then bought 2 day York Passes at the tourist centre and proceeded to explore this ancient walled city. With medieval, Norman, Viking and even Roman histories there was plenty to marvel at for visitors from such a "young" country! The City Walls walk took us to ... the Quilt Museum (how funny is that!). The current display was of whole cloth quilts and the former Guild Hall building very interesting in itself.

The little shop at the Museum had a few gems - a little book on tile and brick patterns and two quilt themed mugs.

The size of our lunch in a 1400's pub across the road was so astonishing we took a photo! BLTs with a side of chips and pale ales.

Later we walked round The Shambles, Newgate Market and went through the Jorvik Viking Museum.
While jackets were handy it certainly wasn't chilly with temperatures ranging from 12-16 degrees.

The different colour of rhubarb (also seen in Kaffe Fassett fabric) caught my eye in the market.

We only had an hour at the York Museum before closing time and planned to return in the morning. After a pub dinner we took a Ghost Tour ... not bad but hard to keep our jet lagged eyes open!

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