Sunday in York England – amazing!


Exploramum and Explorason – York Minster #1

Sunday in York England for 3 Australians

“The sky is blue” I declare to my Explorafriend and Explorason as we sit in our little house-sit miners cottage and look out the window.

We have been busy planning our road trip, so it is time for a break and to go and explore some local history.

We have friends in the next town, so we call them and say we will swing by, so in piled our friend and her Mum into our newly purchased vehicle (I’ll blog about that separately) and off we went.

As we drove into York, we instantly fell in love!


Exploramum and Explorason – York Pub

Our first stop was the restroom in an English pub, and we were going to stop for lunch there, but we were all too edited to sit.


Exploramum and Explorason – York City Wall #1

Explorason was so keen to walk the city wall, so that was the first thing we had to do.


Exploramum and Explorason – York City Wall #2

It is a long walk, so we just did a short part of it. With rumbling tummies, we headed over the river and were in awe of the walls where, centuries ago, men fought and protected this city.

Please often ask how I educate my son. When you are walking through old cities, especially one as beautiful as York, you find the plaques and history speak for themselves.  This is education by absorption.


Exploramum and Explorason – York bridge


Exploramum and Explorason – Jamie’s Italian Restaurant #1


Jamie’s Italian Restaurant #2

As we wandered down the little streets we found Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant.  Explorafriend was so keen to go and have lunch there, so in we went. There are several rooms and a couple of floors of seating, and the place is pumping.  We select the second floor and are immediately impressed with the care and attention we are given by the staff members that were serving.


Exploramum and Explorason – Jamie’s Italian Restaurant #3


Exploramum and Explorason – Jamie’s Italian Restaurant #4

Lunch came along and we were amazed at how reasonably priced it all was.  The dishes were iterating and unique.  The nachos were made of dried spaghetti pasta, and Explorason was not so sure, but this amazing after joked around with him and had him eating it in no time.
The food was presented so well. The bread platter individually collated upon request, and the taste – well just amazing!


Exploramum and Explorason – Jamie’s Italian Restaurant #5


Exploramum and Explorason – Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms

I love the rolling herb boxes on the path to the restaurant too.
We then tried to go to Betty’s Tea Rooms but the line-up was about 2 hours long.  This is the first tea room in England, so we were told.

The little cobblestone streets and fabulous shops are so interesting.  We wish we had longer. The day is flying by. ‘Why oh why did we not put more money in the parking meter’, we ask ourselves.


Exploramum and Explorason – York streets

I think we could spend a few days walking around this lovely little city in Yorkshire – we just adored all the traditional buildings.


Exploramum and Explorason – York Punch Bowl Pub


Exploramum and Explorason – York – Guy Fawkes


Exploramum and Explorason – York Bettys Cake Shop

We stumble across the home of Guy Fawkes parents. So we talk about Guy Fawkes and the political history to Explorason. Explorason picks out some delicate little layer cream biscuits, but at a pound each, we give them a miss.


Exploramum and Explorason – York Minster #2


Exploramum and Explorason – York Minster #3


Exploramum and Explorason – York Minster #4

At the end of the sheet lies the famous York Minter Cathedral. I think we spent a good 20 – 30 minutes listening to the incredible melody of the bell tunes as they rang sweet peels into the afternoon breeze.
None of us wanted to leave, but darn that parking meter was going to wait for no-one.


Exploramum and Explorason – York Tower

We exit the city walls and are sad to leave.


Exploramum and Explorason – York gardens


Exploramum and Explorason – York – geese #1


Exploramum and Explorason – York geese #2

As we wander back to the car Explorason spies a squirrel.  He is so excited as it poses for him.
Next, we see some geese and goslings. Mamma is not too happy and hisses at us.

Poor ol’ Explorason gets really scared. He is not impressed and as he runs off his boots get filled with – oh no – geese poo.  Wedged in the thick grip is squishy smelly poo – and it is NOT coming in our new car.  Boots off for him.
We did plan to drive to another town but suddenly our GPs died.  This is now our 3rd GPS so we are not too pleased.  We miss out on the town we plan to go to. We get lost. 2 times.  The worst part was we miss the turn-off to our house-sit and about 10 miles down the road we figure out we have to turn back.

We have never been so happy to finally make a few blind stabs at getting ‘home’ and make it.

We really did enjoy today.  York is wonderful. The company was wonderful too. What more could we be thankful for?

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