Made glorious summer by this sun of York.

Trip Start May 22, 2006
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Trip End Jun 21, 2006


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Friday, May 26, 2006

Liz:
Woke to jet-lag & rain, which obviously means a late start going to Danny's (my cousin) house in Leeds, which is about 15 minutes from York. A short walk to Redcar Train Station from Nan's & we arrived about 2ish. First we walked along the old Roman Walls surrounding the city, crossed the River Ouse & headed to the city Centre. York is my favorite city in England, Edinburgh being my favorite Scottish city, and everywhere else is my 3rd.. The history goes back centuries. York Minster was originally built in around 300 AD, over the years it was destroyed and rebuilt with the present Minster being started around 1220. There are streets from Medieval times with houses including the Shambles.
Here is a line from the web site about 'the Shambles' describing the oldest street in the city: The way that fifteenth century buildings lean into the middle of the cobbled street means that the roofs almost touch in the middle. Mentioned in the Domesday book (making it date over 900 years), we know Shambles to be York 's oldest street, and Europe's best preserved Medieval street. It really is a very special place.
It is the strangest feeling to have buildings falling over you as you shop. I definitely recommend it! We stayed such a short time and that was sad.

Matt:
Middlesbrough was fairly uneventful yesterday; we just did a bit of shopping. York is just amazing. Walking through the Shambles is like walking through a street in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Its very surreal. Gnomes must have named a lot of the shops in the Shambles; why else would there be a shop named Old Fizzywigs. I could live in York; I'd build my house on the city wall. Then I'd brandish my sword and yell at passerbys.
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