Saturday, May 27, 2023

2023 England and Scotland - Day #4 - To York

Moving day. We are going to be on the move a lot over the next three weeks. We are not staying anything where more than two nights until we get to Edinburgh. We have ten nights during the hike where we are staying just one night.

We packed up the room and then had a buffet breakfast at the hotel. We caught an Uber about 9 am to the Kings Cross Station. We met Tom and Anna Marie at the station.

The four of us caught a 10:30 am train to York. It was comfortable two hour trip. I worked on my blog using both the wifi on the train and my phone as a hot spot.

It took us a while to get a taxi to the hotel when we got to York. It turns out that this is a three day weekend with a banking holiday on Monday. The town is overrun with young people. Apparently, there are horse races over the weekend. York has the third largest racetrack in England based on total prize money.

Eventually, we got a taxi to the hotel. We are staying two nights at 23 St. Mary's Guest House.

After getting settled, we wandered into town. We had a light lunch at York Minister Refectory. Sharon and I split a Fishmonger’s board [Oak smoked salmon, coronation crab, black treacle salmon, oyster, pickled mussels & clams, a little prawn and marie rose cocktail, house pickled cucumbers, dill crème fraiche] and a Farmer’s board [Shaved heritage beetroots, picked girolles, crispy falafel, avocado, hummus, charred spiced peanut cauliflower, whipped Bluemin white, savoury granola].

Afterwards, Sharon and I explored the town, including wandering the Shambles, a famous shopping street. The whole town was overrun with people. It felt a little like wandering around New Orlean's French Quarter.

The four of us met back up and went to Mass at St. Wilfred's.

We had an early dinner at Guy Fawkes Inn. I had Sea Bass Tacos, while Sharon had fish & chips.

After dinner, Tom, Sharon and I wandered the area. I was surprised how few people there were compared to the afternoon. We crashed fairly early.

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