I am a Yorkist

What a completely amazing day we had on Saturday in York.  I have been to York twice previously; once in about 1980 so memories are slightly hazy and once when Ascot was being rebuilt so the races decamped to York.  So it was almost as if I was going for the first time.

We woke up in our hotel in Durham to a gloriously sunny day with bright blue skies.  Our room overlooked the river and we watched many boatloads of rowers, being encouraged by their coach on a bicycle.

view of rowers from hotel

Lara walked round to meet us and we headed down to breakfast :-).  I had fasted on Friday and was very hungry.  I started with mixed berry compot, fresh strawberries, muesli and natural yogurt.

breakfast 2-3-13

Followed by bacon, a poached egg, a sausage, sauteed potatoes, ketchup and mustard.  That definitely filled a very large hole!cooked breakfast 2-3-13

York was so much more beautiful than we expected. We had to drive through this amazing structure to get to the City centre.  It looks like something in a Disney movie!Approach in to York

Top tip to anyone visiting York for the day – park in the long stay car park at the train station!  There were lots of spaces and at £6 for the day, it was MUCH cheaper than other  City centre car parks.York train station

Like many places in Britain, York has an ancient history.  The wonderful thing about York is that so much of it is still intact, such as these city walls which you can walk along.
walking in to York

The architecture here is stunning.

Hotel and Spa architecture

In the City centre, there is something beautiful to see everywhere you look.lights on the bridge Turret

Building beside bridge in York

red and white building

We stopped for coffee and a cake at this amazing chocolate shop, the Cocoa House.  York has a long history of chocolate making and this shop stocks a variety of local artisan supplier’s products, all of which are beautifully displayed.Chocolates again

Notice the huge shards of chocolate in the drawers under the display counter!chocolates at The Cocoa House

Even the coffee area is surrounded by chocolate.The counter at The Cocoa House

In addition to the goodies we ordered, we were given a sample of lemon truffles – amazing!
Lemon truffles

As I am on eat what I like day, I had a latte and a “Snickers” brownie which was a moist and chewy brownie with the added bonus of peanuts and caramel.  A decadent and delicious treat.Snickers Brownie and latte

We eventually managed to tear ourselves away from such a little spot of paradise and walked in to York.  First stop was the extraordinary York Minster.Approaching York Minster

What a building!!Outside York Minster 1

What gorgeous children 🙂L and H outside York Minster

I apologise for all the glowing adjectives and exclamation marks but this place is stunning.  The sunshine and blue skies helped it all to look quite glorious.  Outside York Monster 2

York Minster was built between the 12th and 15th Centuries and the Archbishop of York is the second highest office in the Church of England.  Much of the stained glass in here is 800 years old.Outside York Minster 3

Inside the size and scale of the place is just extraordinary. Words can not do this justice and all 4 of us were quite stunned by the beauty and grandeur of the place and the quality of the craftsmanship all around us.

York Minster's organ

You must all go and visit this incredible place if you have a chance to.
H by the large organ Inside York Minster

These are the choir stalls.Choir stalls 1 Choir stalls 2 Pulpit

I would love to hear a service in here or perhaps a little tune from a choir boy – Harvey wouldn’t oblige today.

H in the choir stand

There were also so many smaller examples of beautiful painting, carpentry and stonework.in the Crypt beautiful statues Wall plaque Human stone

We all wanted to climb up the tower to the top of York Minster.  How quickly I dismissed the warning signs about the long and steep climb and how it is not for the unfit or those who suffer from claustrophobia.York Tower notice

The first part was a long way but we were rewarded with a closer view of the external stonework.York Minster

We then went up and up and up.   I wondered if I would find the Pearly Gates at the top as I had climbed up so far!  What a view!View from York Monster Views from the top of York Minster

This is a view of ‘The Shambles’ which is the maze of Medieval streets we spent the afternoon in.

The Shambles from York Minster

To get down you had to walk back the way you had come, including along this very narrow passage which had very steel steps.Walking outside the Tower

Along a narrow walkway which was open to the sides so no good for anyone with vertigo.

Walking back to The Tower

Then back down the tower.  Notice how small in radius the tower is and imagine how narrow that spiral staircase is!

Entering the Tower

I would highly recommend this and I would do it again as I wanted to see as much of this extraordinary building as we could.  But it was a challenge and my legs are stiff today.  This is the view from inside the tower as you go down the steep and winding stairs – definitely not one for anyone who is claustrophobic.

inside the tower

York is such an old City and you are reminded of that as you walk around.

Old gravestone Large clock in York

Sign him up 🙂H in army truck York sign

No idea what this lot were doing but they were very colourful.Colourful creatures


He was quite colourful too.

purple person on purple bike

In The Shambles there was so much to look at and that was before we even got in to the shops.  The outside of this little pub is all tiled.Yorkshire Terrier pub Teddy Bear tea rooms Mulberry Hall 1434

The shops in York are perfect.  As well as the standard High Street shops there are top end well known shops and also lots of unique boutique shops.  Love these Easter Eggs.Betty's eggs

But most of all I want those little piggies 🙂chocolate pigs

Every street here was a pleasure to walk alongStonegate

and look around little courtyards.gree courtyard Street in The Shambles

Having spent the day on our feet, a cocktail was most welcome by early evening – cheers 🙂3 cocktails

We had dinner in Jamie Oliver’s Italian which was really good.  I had the Misto Fritto which is breadcrumbed and fried fish and seafood with tartare sauce and served with lightly cooked assorted green vegetables.  It was cooked to a high standard.Misto Fritto

The restaurant was massive but all on different levels so it never felt too cavernous or too noisy.  The decor was unusual but we all liked it.Jamie's decor

For dessert I had 3 little scoops of ice cream with honeycomb and butterscotch sauce.  Yum 🙂
ice cream and honeycomb

Good loos too – always important I think.pink Crapper's

Farewell York.  We had a really special day and we all want to return.Welcome to York


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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7 Responses to I am a Yorkist

  1. laura1952 says:

    Thanks for the amazing tour! Bob also commented on how much weight you had released and how great you looked and you must feel so much better. 😀

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    lovely – apart from the use of the ‘m’ word. What a great weekend break

    • It was a wonderful weekend break and if you ever get the urge to head North, I can not recommend York or Durham enough. So much to see and do. We dod titter and think of you, every time we use the “m” word, which we do quite often 🙂 🙂

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