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England Travels: York

Friday, April 13, 2018.

York. Not the New one, the old school one. The one with the peppermint patties.

We drove back to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, and I was trying to make the GPS go. The road in front of the train station is one way, and there are limited ways to get there. The GPS lied to us a bit and we wound up going over the Tyne Bridge. But we were able to turn around, get back and make it to the Enterprise (pronounced "Alamo") rental office. I took care of the car return and Stephanie went to get the tickets. When I rented the car, they told me to just put as much gas in it as it had when I rented it, which was less than ⅛, so he said "as long as there's anything in it, that'll be fine."

So I had to get gas (or petrol or rather diesel, as I found out when trying to fill it up...I was concerned I was about to put disel in a car that took gasoline, despite the sticker suggesting I should use only diesel, and then wreck it). But it's in pounds (sterling) per liters (or litres), and I didn't know how far we'd be driving or what the car's mileage was or how big the tank was. I was thinking that I could assume at worst the car got 20 miles/gallon, then convert miles per hour to kilometers per hour, then figure the distance we might travel, converted to kilometers, and then figure out how many liters that would be, divide by the current conversion rate of pounds to cubic dollars per hecto-fortnight, to figure out how much gas (fuck, diesel, I think) it needed. Then I decided 10 gallons is a nice number. There's 4 quarts to a gallon. A liter is about a quart, actually a bit more. So just put in 40 liters, put it on my credit card and try not to think about how much it's costing.

Since we didn't go to Hadrian's Wall and didn't do that much driving, it had significantly more gas (whatever, just call it fuel!) in it than when I got it. They noticed that when they checked in the car. Now here's the weird part (for someone from the US). In the US they might have told me to say, essentially, "thanks for the donation," but here they said that clearly I overpaid. Since I wasn't going to be back anytime soon, coupons and discounts wouldn't be of use. But since I had put the rental on a credit card and I had it with me, they credited £20 back to my credit card. I was pretty (pleasantly) surprised. While I still spent more money than needed, it was still beyond what I was expecting.

I should mention that the train was scheduled to leave in about 6 minutes, so I was getting a little edgy about finishing up all the paperwork (and they were having trouble with their printer and such). Anyway, with that complete, I thanked them and left. The train station was 30 feet away, and Stephanie told me that the train was going to be 10 minutes late, she had the tickets, and we didn't have to run. We got on the train and headed to York.

In York, I left my suitcase at a place called Left Luggage so I wouldn't have to cart it around all day. Then we explored the old town, the wall around the town, the Shambles (narrow street area with lots of shops), ruins of various things, and more. Pictures of York activies are below.

At the end of the day, we retrieved my bag and met Stephanie's aunt and uncle at the train station.

2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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Newcastle train station.

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Not our train.

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More rustic English countryside by train, this time with sheep!

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The York train station. A rather grand old palce.

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We're in York!


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Panoramic shot of the pedestrian bridge across the tracks at the York train...(more)


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Looking south from the pedestrian bridge at York Station.

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Looking north from the pedestrian bridge at York Station.

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The place where I checked my suitcase for the day. Well worth the £7...(more)

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The old city of York with the York Minster cathedral in the distance.


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Hey, another church, the Catholic Church of St. Wilfrid. It was built in 1864....(more)


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On Stonegate Street in York, with York Minster in the distance.

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Statue of Minerva, where High Petergate becomes Low Petergate.

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The plaque on the Roman Column.

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The Roman Column, dating from the 4th century A.D. (or C.E. if you prefer). It...(more)

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Status of Constantine the Great.


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The Shambles—a narrow street with a wide variety of shops.


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A restaurant in a typical Tudor-style house. Old enough that the beams...(more)


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A view from the second floor of Phranakhon Thai Tapas looking down Swinegate. ...(more)


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Another Tudor-style house that's some sort of gift shop.



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Ruins of St. Leonard's Hospital, from around 1137-1539. At the time it was...(more)



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Ruins of St. Leonard's Hospital.


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Tunnel by St. Leonard's Hosptial leading to the park.

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Birds of prey for kids to hold in the York Museum Gardens.

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The Multangular Tower, remains from the Roman era. The bottom, smaller...(more)


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The ruins of St. Mary's Abbey. It was built in 1088 by William the...(more)


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More ruins! I think it's still St. Leonard's Hospital though it could be St....(more)


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The ruins of St. Mary's Abbey. The next picture has information on it.


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Information on St. Mary's Abbey.


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The Hospitium was thought to be the guest house for visitors (think...(more)



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The bridge over the Rover Ouse. York Minster is visible on the top left.


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The York wall, looking southwest, with the Grand Hotel on the left.

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The York Wall.

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Looking northeast on the York wall towards York Minster Cathedral.

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The York wall with York Minster Cathedral in the distance.


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The Grand Hotel in York, seen from the wall.


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Daffodils growing on the hillside outside of the York wall.

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Stephanie hydrates and looks to the southeast on the York wall.

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The wall around York (inside is to the right) with York Minster in the distance.

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Frank on the York wall, looks out to York Minster and the old city.

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Micklegate bar on the west side of York.

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Inside the gatehouse is an office to buy tickets for guided tours.

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Another information sign, this one on Micklegate Bar.


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Micklegate Bar from the street. Mickle = Great, Gate = Street, Bar = Gatehouse.


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The York wall just beyond Micklegate Bar.

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Micklegate Bar in York.


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One more of Micklegate Bar in York.


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House rooftops seen from the wall near Micklegate in York.

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The southern part of the York wall.

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Row houses inside of the York wall.

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The southern part of the York wall.

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The southern part of the York wall.

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Houses inside the southern area of the York wall.

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A map of the old York city area and the wall.

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Clifford's Tower in York

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Stephanie oggles geese near the River Ouse.


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The York Castle area, where the castle once was and the museum is now.


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Clifford's Tower was keep of the castle. Its history is longer than I can...(more)



2018 England trip pictures
Part 1: The Arrival
Part 2: Cambridge (Part 1)
Part 3: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Part 4: Alnwick
Part 5: York
Part 6: Sutton Bank
Part 7: Thirsk
Part 8: Helmsley and Rievaulx
Part 9:  Backyard Blacksmith Workshop
Part 10: Bagby Airfield
Part 11: Byland Abbey
Part 12: National Railway Museum
Part 13: Cambridge (Part 2)
Part 14: Cambridge Botanical Gardens
Part 15: The Departure

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