North to York

Trip Start Mar 14, 2007
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Trip End Apr 10, 2007


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Friday, March 16, 2007

Expected in York in the evening, Braden and I took advantage of our stay in London to visit the British Library and the British Museum before boarding the train north.

I had to pay homage once again to the Lindisfarne Gospels in the Treasures room of the British Library, but I also had time to appreciate the Luttrell Psalter, the Sherborne Missal, Beowulf, the Miscellany of Iskander Sultan, the Hours of Elizabeth the Queen, and the beautiful calligraphy of the Arnstein Bible. It was paradise for a book lover like me.

On our way walking to the British Library, a woman stopped me to ask directions to Camden Town Hall. I pointed her in the right direction, having noticed it as we passed minutes earlier, and wondered if I looked like a local.

It was straight to the Anglo-Saxon section of the British Museum for Braden and me, pausing over the likes of the Lewis Chessmen and the Sutton Hoo treasures. But we also made a quick visit to the so-called Elgin Marbles and the Egyptian section.

As it grew later in the afternoon, we made our way back to the hotel, picked up our packs and caught the train to York, arriving in time to have a wonderful dinner at Kapadokia, our favorite Turkish restaurant. Then, while the younger folks went off to a pub or two, Nancy and I walked back to our rented house through the darkened, medieval streets.
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