York

13 Aug

Tuesday

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York is an assault on all the senses. Bustle and noise are everywhere as the streets, rivers and caravan site fill with visitors of all nationalities. If there are areas of peace and quiet we haven’t found them. Yet we love it.  

It is a city of living, breathing history. Of course the Romans, who were the first to settle here, wouldn’t recognise it now. Nor the Vikings, the Normans nor any other people from all periods of British history since but they have all left their marks still clearly visible in York today. This is what brings in the tourists in. And us.  

Tripper boats toil their way up and down the river, their commentary only a decibel too low to make out what is being said from the shore, while the many hired motor boats, barges and the rowing club do their best to avoid them. On the roads it’s the “Hop on, hop off” open top, double-decker buses that dominate, the throaty throb of their diesel engines filling the air with their growl and fumes. Meanwhile, every pedestrianised area – cobbled streets, city wall, ruined remains, Minster and small church – fill with guided tours in a multitude of languages. Every square has a busker, a street entertainer or ice cream stall. It’s wonderful.

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It’s just impossible to rush. The rest of the traffic seems resigned to wait in queues while those on foot soon learn to slow down their pace. Then you notice the details around you: The medieval meat hooks still in front of the small tourist shops that line the Shambles, evidence of the butchers of old that once gave the narrow street its name; the shrine to Margaret Clitherow, the Tudor butcher’s wife and Pearl of York, now canonised; the small animals depicted on the walls and doors, signatures of the buildings’ architects; the inviting courtyards and terraces of hotels, restaurants and pubs along with the mouth-watering smell of cooking tempting you in.

Four days is not going to be enough to see everything. But we’ll give it a good try! 

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6 Responses to “York”

  1. Paul Robins August 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    I do love your Blog! Follow it closely! Make sure you get to the National Railway Museum!
    Paul

    • lamputts August 14, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      Thanks, Paul – very flattering. There’s such a huge amount to see in York and we have so little time, I think we’re going to need another visit!

  2. peteandlu August 13, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Great writing, very evocative.

    • lamputts August 14, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks, both. Really appreciate your comments.

  3. christine August 14, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I love York too!! Have you been in the Xmas store already?

    • lamputts August 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Hey Christine! We’ve seen a shop called the Christmas Angel. Must confess, though, couldn’t face it in August!

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