York Day 2 Report

Posted by on March 16, 2012

Hiya!  We had a couple chilly, overcast days in York…  and now that we’re leaving, the sun is coming out!  But that didn’t slow us down.

We started out yesterday morning taking photos of the picturesque St. Mary’s Abbey ruins (that villain Henry VIII again!), then toured a couple museums:  the Yorkshire Museum and the York Castle Museum.  To Becky’s dismay, the new medieval exhibits were not yet opened at the Yorkshire Museum, but we saw lots of cool Roman artifacts there from the York area.  We also creeped ourselves out in the dungeon of the York Castle Museum!

Then we split up for our own sightseeing.  Some of the attractions we checked out included:  Clifford’s Tower (site of an old Norman castle, and site of the tragic deaths of York’s Jews in the Middle Ages); more shopping and rambling in the Shambles; a tour of the Yorkshire Brewery; walks through the massive York Minster; the Railroad Museum; and evensong services at the Minster.  Many different evening activities were planned, too.  One group even caught a live performance of The Sound of Music–and they saw some of the same children and parents we’d seen performing and listening to evensong, earlier!

Now it’s breakfast time, and soon time to catch our train back to London.  There we’ll have a free afternoon, then a late afternoon  tour of the Globe Theatre, then a farewell dinner… and trying to cram everything in our suitcases!  Tomorrow morning, an early start out for Heathrow, and we’ll soon be home with many stories to tell and many pictures to share!