For the first few days of our honeymoon we decided to visit the tropical, sun-kissed delights of, er, Yorkshire’s capital. We’d organised this in a massive rush with very little planning, but it worked out quite nicely.


After arriving, we took a wander around the tourist areas of the city.

York Dispensary (now offices).
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York Minster, with scaffolding and copper statue.
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Minster School, a private school.
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The evening’s first sighting of a dead banana.
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We actually found another picturesque decayed banana that evening, but I didn’t like that photo enough to include it. That was on the city walls, which are in some parts medieval (built on Roman originals). A good proportion survive and you can walk around them.

Hole in the wall. No entry.
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Stairs down by one of the gates.
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Minster tower and some roofs.
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Building with broken glass.
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Another arrow slit.
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Minster behind nice brick terrace.
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Roofs near a gate.
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After coming down from the walls, we walked back across town.

Part of Tanner Row.
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Alley off Micklegate.
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Thursday: the Bar Convent

Thanks to our booking technique, we had no idea the hotel we chose was part of an actual for-real convent. There was admittedly a slight clue in the name, but I'd assumed it was just in a building which had once been a convent. Anyway, not only is it still a convent as well as a very nice hotel (but not a bar), there’s a museum in there about the history of the building and the order it houses. It’s pretty interesting, and you can see the hidden chapel inside the building.

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Chapel dome. The chapel has umpteen exits for easy escape if caught Catholic-ing.
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Roof arch woodwork.
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We walked into town around a different section of the city walls.

Steps up from gate (near hotel).
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View of railway station.
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Walls with grassy slope down.
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Nice city badge on gate.
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Cluster of buildings, from wall.
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Stairs down to riverside.
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York Minster

The cathedral is the most famous thing about York, even when it’s not burning down (741, 1137, 1829, 1840, and 1984). It’s quite an impressive building.

Minster gate.
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Sheep on a rope (prop for a mystery play).
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Panelling with door.
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Red monument.
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Stained glass.
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Statues making semaphore signals (it reads CHRIST). This is a modern artwork, but they’re headless to match nearly all the other statues.
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Altar, organ, etc.
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Carved mouse.
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Gate shadow.
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Carving of hell.
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Money scattered in underground part.
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Fence below.
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Back outside

Alleyway (Turnip thinkz).
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Patients’ entrance (the dispensary again). The apostrophe appears to be a snake.
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Minster frontage in sunlight.
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And again head on.
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Part of ruined St. Mary’s Abbey in Museum Gardens.
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Church beside minster (1).
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Minster with green scaffolding,
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Church beside minster (2).
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Friday: railway museum

Outside our hotel, roof shadow on road.
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York is home to the National Railway Museum, which we obviously couldn’t miss.

Goods wagon.
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Milk tanker wagon.
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London and South Western Railway locomotive.
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Black and red diesel shunter.
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...Mallard (their most famous exhibit; it holds the world speed record for a steam locomotive).
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Copper pipes.
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Gates from the Euston Arch, knocked down in the 60s when they rebuilt Euston station.
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Nice old carriage.
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Out and about

In the afternoon we went to the York Castle Museum, which is also interesting. Its main feature is a large historical street scene; the only working shop is a sweetshop, where you can buy sugar mice. No pictures of that though.

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York Castle (which we didn’t go in).
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Structure by bridge.
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Red boats.
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The two of us.
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Nice metal spikes.
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Another triangular bridge structure.
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Shadow on city walls.
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The hotel/convent.
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Saturday: leaving

On Saturday we travelled to the Lake District for the second part of our honeymoon.

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York station; quite an impressive roof.
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