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UK & Ireland day 9

Today, sadly, we said goodbye to Edinburgh and headed for York, in Yorkshire. We did a brief photo stop at the border, and I actually managed to get a pic with a real live piper!

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and here’s yet another pic of heather on the hills:


Our first stop was Durham, which is a very old city set on the bend of a river. We headed for Durham castle and Cathedral, but sadly, the bloody castle was closed. The Norman built Cathedral (or as some of the guys are starting to call them, ABC’s – another bloody church) was open. As is the case for most of these cathedrals, it was stunning. The church door had a massive knocker–apparently all sorts of criminals used to find refuge here by knocking on the door, and as long as they stayed within the church they couldn’t be arrested.

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You could actually climb the tower in this one—although it was 383 steps or something ridiculous like that. Two of us did climb it, and it was worth the effort—here’s a couple of pics taken from the stop:

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and here’s the cloisters at the cathedral:


We arrived at the hotel in York, and basically dumped our bags to go on a walking tour of the city. Which didn’t stop me from taking some shots of our amazing hotel:

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The walking tour took us to the York Minster (ABC 🙂 ), which I think is one of the biggest yet. The stained glass here and the ceiling were features:

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Then we had a look around the city, on our way to the Shambles, one of the oldest streets in the city (It’s medieval, I think).

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some of the other houses were cute (and again, straightness was not always a feature)


Then it was off to see York’s walls, which are apparently considered the finest medieval walls in Europe. They were pretty damn impressive (although I only have 1 shot of them on this camera):


We also saw the ruins of an old abby (the name of which escapes me)

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Then it was dinner time—beef and Yorkshire pud in Yorkshire!–before we took the long way home, looking at more of the magnificent buildings:

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