It's not an entirely silly idea - we really liked the look and feel of York, and it looks like there is work for me there, or in Leeds which is a feasible commute from York. Unfortunately the work prospects are not so rosy for Bob, so we'll have to think hard about it.
In dot points, before I fill the page with photos of gargoyles:
- the Richard III Museum is amusingly naff;
- the Yorkshire Museum is very good, and has a great collection of Roman finds - we overheard one of the curators talking, and saying that you can't dig a hole in York without finding something significant;
- Barley Hall is a very intelligent restoration and reconstruction, with absolutely stunning quality of recreated artefacts, all very well presented;
- We spent a lot of time wandering around the Shambles, bemused by the number of chocolate shops, and delighted by the number of tiny pubs with delicious pints;
- we didn't have the chance to tour the Minster, but I did take a lot of photos of the stone outside.
|There were Hats in Barley hall|
|Hats to try on!|
|We like Hats!|
|Barley Hall exterior|
|Approaching the Minster|
|Near the Minster|
|Boer War memorial, in immaculate Gothic style|
|Entering the Minster|
|Old School buildings behind the Minster|
The medieval wall is pretty well intact, spared during the Civil War, and not too much altered since. And it follows pretty well exactly the line of the original Roman wall, and includes some of the foundations of that wall. Plus you can walk around almost all of it.
And now we leave you in Ediburgh. We've not seen much other than a lot of food, as we huddle in a very nice hotel, resting for Christmas. That's our real present this year - a day and two nights of doing nothing. Merry Christmas to you all.
Oh yeah. And I took a lot of photos of the Minster exterior. There were gargoyles and gothic decorations.