Thursday, April 27, 2023

City Break - York

York, UK. Friday/Sunday 28/30-April-2023.

Following on from our week in Bakewell we segued straight into a weekend in York. Not only because I'd never been to York but also because it gave us a "Y" for our parkrun alphabet.

Mary went mad and booked us into the Grand Hotel for a bit of luxury. Their valet parking is a bit steep at £35 per night but the friendly concierge pointed us at the station car park 5 minutes walk away which was only £6.75 per day.

Friday night we dined at Guy Fawkes at the recommendation of the in-laws, George and Sandra. Food was fine and I learned that Guy Fawkes was from York so I'm older and wiser now.

Saturday morning we walked out to parkrun at the racecourse. Very popular with many other parkrun tourists out for their "Y", probably around 600 people.  As always a great bunch of volunteers.

Nice flat course with start and finish in different places so Mary ended up carrying my rucksack for last 2km 😟! 

My results 29/04/2023. 27:20 [301 / 607]. Now I have the t-shirt!

We went for a post-parkrun breakfast en-route back to the city centre, The cafe was doing a roaring trade in bacon butties. Had to include this photo of their menu. All together now: 🎵 Spam, spam, spam, spam ...

During the day we did the tourist bit wandering around randomly including The Shambles which is supposedly the inspiration for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series. Not true it seems but that didn't stop the entrepreneurial shopkeepers from selling all manner of magical memorabilia.

York Minster.

City Gate.

Cute timber-framed house.

In the evening we went to Pairings for an excellent wine and food experience - read more at Matching Food and Wine at Pairings Wine Bar.

Sunday we went for a circumambulation of the city walls. 

No dogs.

Then back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and home.

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