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September 20, 2018 - York on the train

We took the train to York and the day started lovely and sunny but promised vicious rain. We decided to take a chance and went anyway. It worked.

Malton Train Station - Here Comes the Train.

Malton Train Station - Here Comes the Train.

September 20, 2018 — Day 17 (Thursday)

York - Cholera Burial Ground

York - Cholera Burial Ground

Woke to sunshine but knew it wouldn’t last. Tropical storm Ali struck Ireland yesterday and was devastating. We won’t get that but we will get rain later today. We quickly ate and drove to the Malton railway station and got return tickets to York. The train arrived on schedule and we hopped on. It was a quick and pretty ride to York and our young seatmate walked us to the place where we crossed a bridge into Old Town. We found York Minster and tourist information following his directions and were soon entering the very large cathedral. They are doing a lot of renovation so there was scaffolding covering the organ and part of one side of the church. You have to pay to enter so we thought a construction discount would have been nice, but they haven’t thought of it. We paid and entered, wandering through the church. They are very proud of their 128 stained-glass windows but we were underwhelmed. We had bright sunshine but the windows were not particularly colorful. They had too much lead holding the tiny pieces of colored glass so all the windows seemed dull and dark. They tried to tell too much and ended up conveying nothing. We much prefer the beautiful windows at Chartres, Bourges and Notre Dame de Paris among others . . . they have bright, clear colors with stories you can follow. We did go through the Crypt and the Undercroft which was interesting. York is impressive but we didn't really have time to explore the town.

Scenes from York

Scenes from York

York Minster - the Cathedral in York

York Minster - the Cathedral in York

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster - Stained Glass

York Minster - Crypt display

York Minster - Crypt display

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster

York Minster - Crypt display of an oliphant

York Minster - Crypt display of an oliphant

York Minster

York Minster

Walking along Stonegate in York

Walking along Stonegate in York

Bennett’s Restaurant where we didn't eat lunch

Bennett’s Restaurant where we didn't eat lunch


We departed the Minster looking for lunch and Bennett’s nearby had a good menu so we went in, were seated, divested ourselves of rain gear and then the waiter announced everything we wanted was only available after 5:30. A note on the menu would have been helpful. We apologized, put our coats back on and went out to continue our search, finally ending up at Gusto Italian Restaurant with a two-course prix fixe of sea bass. It was a very nice place with very good food and excellent service Ed got a lemon sorbet for dessert and I got a very intense tiramisu. Good choice! [Gusto Italian Restaurant, 2-4 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX; tel: +44 190473-1667; Click here for the Gusto Restaurant web site]

Gusto Restaurant - We did eat here.

Gusto Restaurant - We did eat here.

Gusto Restaurant

Gusto Restaurant

Walking to the Treasurer's House in the rain

Walking to the Treasurer's House in the rain


We left the restaurant to the promised rain and programmed my phone to guide us to the Treasurer’s House, a National Trust site beside the cathedral. It’s quite interesting and the docents were informative so we spent a pleasant hour there. We finally had to face the rain so hiked back to the train station in a pretty heavy rainfall. We were soaked by the time we arrived. We had a thirty-minute wait so we found a bench near our track and Ed got me a hot chocolate that helped warm me. The train arrived only three minutes late and we were off. Our stop was the first one so it didn’t take long. No photos through the rain-streaked windows . . . [Treasurer's House, XW79+5M York; tel: +44 190462-4247; Click here for the Treasurer's House web site]

The Treasurer's House - York -Hall

The Treasurer's House - York -Hall

The Treasurer's House - York - Stairway

The Treasurer's House - York - Stairway

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York - View of the Garden

The Treasurer's House - York - View of the Garden

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York

The Treasurer's House - York - the two-story clock

The Treasurer's House - York - the two-story clock

York Train Station

York Train Station


Arrived in jig-time, retrieved our car and drove home over quickly flooding roads. Must check the weather report tomorrow . . . and do the laundry. Sigh . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 14:21 Archived in England

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Hope you enjoyed York, even with your mixed fortunes. A typical English meal of Fish & Chips at Drakes Petergate is great . Stay Safe. Alec.

by alectrevor

A shame about the rain but you seem to have had a good day out nevertheless, although a shame you were underwhelmed by the windows. York is a lovely city and would be worth a return visit if you're ever in the area again.

by ToonSarah

Sorry to hear you had such a bad weather day. York is a beautiful city. It sounds like you were a bit unlucky.

by irenevt

Hi Alec. You won't believe this but I don't particularly care for fish and chips. Really good ones on the rare occasion are fine but fried foods are not a favorite. I do love fish though.

Thanks for visiting.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sarah. It rained a lot and unless it was very hard and all day, we really didn't mind. It didn't do much for photos though. We would love to return to York. I've been reading Alec's blogs and he pointed out a lot of things we missed in York, particularly the railroad museum so we'll have to return.

Thanks for visiting.

by Beausoleil

Hi Irene. The rain was hard on the photography but otherwise not much of a problem. We live in a desert so really appreciate rain. We spent most of the day inside so better than being out hiking. We got caught in rain and sleet at Hadrian's Wall . . . not fun, but exciting.

Thanks for visiting.

by Beausoleil

York is a place I have always wanted to return to. We had only one day there, with two small children, and wasted a lot of time standing in line to get into the underground historical place — I forget what it was called, but I think it got badly flooded a few years ago.

by Nemorino

Hi Don. Thanks for visiting. We only had one day in York and fortunately didn't know about underground. We had a pretty full day and after we got home, I read Alec's blog about York and started looking at the town and realized we missed an awful lot. Someday we'll go back. We really like the whole Yorkshire area.

by Beausoleil

You're thinking of Jorvik, Don, the Viking museum (see: https://www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk/). You should try to join the VT pre-meet in York next May, being organised by Colin. Both that and Newcastle are easily done by train :)

by ToonSarah

Sarah, thanks for jogging my memory. As for next May, it's hard to imagine what the world will be like by then — and what my schedule will be. If I'm still teaching, I would have difficulty fitting in a trip to England in that month, but it could also happen that the corona virus will put an end to my teaching career, after 48 years. We shall see.

by Nemorino

Yes, so many unknowns at present, but I'm hoping by then we'll be able to go ahead. Let's see!

by ToonSarah

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