The boys' lunches at the Teddy Bear tea room included a tiny stuffed animal. Oliver was instantly in love with York.
We made sure to do more than just wander around the wet, narrow streets of York for three days. One of Derek's must-do stops on the trip was the National Railway Museum to check out the trains.
You'll notice Owen has a new jacket on in the above photos. Turns out that rain gear is pretty difficult to find in Abu Dhabi, so when the cold, rainy weather found us, we had to scramble to find something to keep the poor kid dry. Lucky for us, the first second hand shop that we stopped in had something that would work for him, and it only cost us a couple of pounds! Check out how bundled up we all are in the pictures!
Thank goodness there were so many places to stop for hot tea while we explored the city.
I sure do love tea.
I also love old buildings. The older the better. So being able to walk the ancient city walls almost the entire way around York was very exciting for me.
Yup. There was a stop on one of the old city gates that had a little cafe, so we had a snack on the city wall of York.
We also got to check out York's castle with it's impressive Clifford's Tower. Back in the 900's, York was a Viking city. In the late 1000's, William the Conqueror had the castle built to help control the city. It has been used for several purposes over time and unfortunately burned most of the way down in the 1600's and was never fully restored.
Directly next to Clifford's Tower is an old jail house that has been converted into a museum. There is a lot of modern history (including the history of the candy making that is prevalent in York), and you can tour some of the old jail cells if you are interested.
York was well worth our time, and I could have easily spent a few weeks there taking it all in. I hope to come back someday!
Great Britain 2017
The blog entries from our trip to London, Portsmouth, Bath, York, the Lake District, and Edinburgh in the summer of 2017.