Saturday, August 09, 2008

Europe tour - diary: Edinburgh / York

First information: We left Edinburgh earlier than planned and are now in York (Northern England - Yorkshire).

What to tell about the days in Edinburgh ...

It was tremendously gorgeous! I have to tell that I do like the atmosphere of the town a lot. The little alleys, the old houses ... just as I would have already been there before. Gregory joked around a bit and meant: "Perhaps you've been here before ... in a past life!"

If he would not have looked at me with that typical "haha" look - I probably would have thought about it. However ... you never know, right?

Wednesday evening we went to the play - and we both really enjoyed it. Afterwards we had some pints of ale and a tiny little bit of single malt.

On Thursday we made a "hop on / hop off" city-tour and joined a ghost walk in the late afternoon. Should you ever be in Edinburgh - have a ghost walk as well. Sometimes it even gave me the creeps.

It was on Thursday as well when we made the decision to leave Edinburgh earlier than planned before. So we changed the tickets for the Military Tattoo from Saturday to Thursday evening - and had a terrific show! The music ... the location ... the atmosphere - brilliant!

Friday morning we then flew from Edinburgh to Leeds / Bradford airport in Yorkshire / UK. We have a rental car here and so we picked up the car and drove from Leeds to York where we currently are staying in Bootham Gardens Guesthouse.

Yesterday we made a boat trip on the Ouse (river flowing through York) to the archbishop's palace. After that very informative and nice trip (and some good Lagavulin - which was offered on the ship) we decided to see The Shambles.

Another trip back in time - and I had again the feeling of having been there before.

We bought some stuff there and it was not before 11 p.m. we left there. Of course, we did not shop the whole time ... the shops close there a bit earlier ... but we checked out some pubs!

Today - means pretty soon - we will leave for visiting the JORVIK viking center and make a trip through the town later. I want to see the York minster etc etc etc!

Tomorrow we will leave York and drive through the Yorkshire dales to the Tan Hill Inn! There we will stay for one night and then drive to the Lake District.

Stay tuned!
James

7 comments:

Shannon said...

A ghost walk... sounds creepy. What exactly is it?

cityrambler said...

Sounds like you are enjoying your round Britain tour.

Had you heard of walk talk tours - the audio tours you download to your iPod/MP3?

They're avaialable for Edinburgh,York,Manchester and London and are the ideal way to see the sights in a couple of hours.

Take a look at www.walktalktour.com - and enjoy the rest of your stay.

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