York 24th -26th June

Friday 24th
After arrival from London on Friday we quickly set up in our really cool apartment. It is an old warehouse which has been turned into 5 apartments and our is on the middle level. This is the first time on this trip our little family have all been together. The kids are quite excited to have a little pruvacy as there are 3 rooms here and they are able to share with one other. Hollie is in the loungeroom. Pauline and Kevin’s apartment is upstairs so we have quite a lot of space with a decent sized kitchen.

We ventured off to the National Rail Museum which I thought was going to be less than interesting but actually turned out to be quite fascinating.

The royal coaches were beautiful and very interesting. I don’t know how they slept in the beds but they did.  There was even a bath in one of the coaches!

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The kids and I loved the travelling post office. The mail nets were pretty cool. The things we humans develop just blow my mind. It was just amazing to see the way it was sorted.

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All the kids with Evening Star. The last steam engine built.

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Saturday 25th

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There are these cute little alleyways all theough York. We would probably think them dodgy and unsafe in Australia but they are everywhere and very clean and well used paths.

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Before morning tea the kids spotted a toy store with bubbles and free balloons. It was like Christmas.  They thought it was amazing.

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The streets are very busy so difficult to navigate with 5 boisterous children.

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Sunday 26th

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The streets in York are amazing. I loved the paved streets and the cobble stone. The buildings are all different even if they are right next to each other. Some lean in others lean out. Floors are subsiding. It makes for a really colourful streetscape.

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A lot of the streets are called gates. We had to take a photo in front of Colliergate because of my maiden name.

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I had the Plough man’s lunch. Cheeses, meats, salad, chutneys and bread. Totally delicious. Couldn’t eat it all.

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Pauline’s lunch was a Sunday roast. Yes they serve mashed and baked potato in the same meal. The Yorkshire puddings were delicious.

The next stop after Kevin Joshua threw a massive tantrum in the street then weed his pants and needed to be carried home by Kevin Paul as he screamed blue murder all the way back to the apartment was a 15th century house known as Barley House. Jessica had seen this as we had walked around yesterday and really wanted to go. She’d even found out prices and directed me how to get back there.

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Here is a peacock on the banquet table. In Medieval times they would take the skin off the bird, leaving the feathers on, then cool the bird and put the skin and feathers back over the cooked carcass. Nice and hygenic. The featgers were beautiful. There was also a swan which woukd recieve similar treatment.

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Here Lisa is dressing up as Joseph for a play. This museum was a hoot. It was totally interactive. You were encouraged to touch and play with everything. They even had tavern games for us to play, minus the drinks.

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Me in a medieval dress and cap. Very becoming.

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Jessica loved this dress. She wanted to smuggle it home.

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Hollie looked lovely in the green.

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Barley Hall. If you’re in York check it out. Great for the kids. We wish we had longer in there but our tickets are valid for a year so maybe we should come back.

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