So as I work on my PerNoReMo, we’ll keep this post simple. Here are some photos from York that my husband and I took in September. York features some wonderful old Medieval and Renaissance buildings and the wall that protected the old city.
We stayed in a hotel located in a building dating from the 1700s that had been built against one of the Medieval gates, which you can see at left below. The view at right is back up the street from the hotel.
One of the “sights” we wanted to see was the archaeological “site” of Jorvik, which lies beneath the modern city. The site was discovered in the 1970s when new construction was taking place. An interpretive center and museum were built over the excavation site, and visitors are taken on an underground ride through a recreated street scene from 1,000 years ago. The ride was a bit entertainment-oriented for two archaeologists but still interesting. The lighting was really low, and I didn’t get any good photos from inside. But if you’re ever in York, Jorvik is worth a visit.
We also spent part of a day walking along the Medieval wall and had some great views of the city and some of its other famous attractions such as York Minster. Whether you have a religious bent or not, the architecture of those Gothic cathedrals is amazing.
My closeups of the Minster don’t do it justice, so I’m not including any of them here. Really, you need the right lens, and my mid-level Canon doesn’t have it. I did better with smaller building remains, like that of a Roman fort above. This, and some of the bits in a following photo were a taste of what would come on the last part of our trip.
One of my favorite “photo opps” was at the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, which is on the grounds of the Yorkshire Museum. Construction started in 1088, and the Abbey lasted until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. There are beautiful gardens around the ruins, even though you don’t see many flowers in this view. But there were some interesting garden features, too, which you can see below.
I suppose using sarcophagi as garden decorations isn’t much different from using old gravestones, which some people enjoy doing. Not exactly my cup of tea since it strikes me as a bit disrespectful of those who were meant to be remembered by those markers. But they are a reminder that others walked this world long before us and more will follow after we’re gone.
On our last morning in York, we visited Clifford’s Tower, which was part of York Castle. It’s quite a steep walk up the stairs at back to reach the tower, but the views of the city from the top are worth the entrance fee.
Later that afternoon, we took the train up to Corbridge, where we would begin our trek along Hadrian’s Wall, starting first, though, with a Roman fort that predated the wall’s construction. More on that leg of the journey in a later post.