York to Edinburgh

Trip Start Sep 02, 2013
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Trip End Oct 11, 2013


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We're on our way again, after an interesting time in York. We didn't see that much due to inaccurate and poor information from staff at the Novotel where we stayed. We arrived right on school getting out, and as we discovered later, one bridge closed, meaning the traffic and one way streets were pretty ordinary. We were then led on a wild goose chase using the GPS and google looking for a laundromat and camera shop. An hr later, checked in and were told minor renovations were being done in the corridors. Minor???? - ladders, paint brushes and men all up and down the corridor. Given a map at reception with laundromat and camera shop - taxi called, half an hour later, abandoned the laundromat, pursued the camera shop which closed at 5pm and not 5.30 as Novotel indicated. Oh well - the next adventure was to find the restaurant that I had booked from Australia for Dave's 60th birthday, "The Go Down". Successfully found, after asking locals on the street. Nice place, good food, good company. This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, Paul headed off to the camera shop ( major problem of water in the mechanics from the rain in Salzberg). Janet and I successfully found the laundry and all happy with clean clothes. On our way out of York, we saw our first English squirrel. Trip to Edinburgh was quite pretty, after we decided to take a secondary road, rather than done main highway. We pulled off down a side road to see the island of Lindisfarne, known as a centre for very early Christianity in Britian. Unfortunately, the causeway was under water so the island was not accessible to us. Access is governed by the tides, and judging by the number of cars waiting, is a popular spot. Fascinating to be travelling along the coast of the North Sea.
Our next stop, was a place called "East Linton". This was particularly significant to me, as the birthplace of my great, great grandparents. We were able to find the church where some of the Smith and Moncrieff family are buried. It was a moving moment for me and I was grateful for the opportunity. We finally arrived in Edinburgh at 5.30 and had no trouble finding our digs.
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Munton1 on

Celebrations continuing.. with a few wee drams !!

Mary Gebert on

Glad you found the Laundromat - couldn't have smelly "Australians" over there:)
I can relate to visiting the cemetery - I did the same when I went to Malta - the emotion was so overwhelming - I visited my grandparents graves - so glad I did it. enjoying your blog. safe travels

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