Thursday, 6 July 2017

Thursday 6th July 2017

Better nights sleep. At least here we can open windows.
Michael made a cup of tea about 7.30am, breakfast is between 8.15 and 9.am, so a short window. 
Had a really nice cooked full English breakfast, which meant black pudding, Michael had mine!
As we came back to wash and change we heard pipers, we are situated right next to special forces barracks.
Left at 9.30am for the day. Walked into the town, and as rain was predicted this afternoon we took the open top bus on a tour of the city, which we both enjoyed.
On our return to the beginning of the tour, we meandered back across town to investigate more some of the places we were shown.
We returned to a place called the shambles, we found a nice little tea room and went and had a tea and toasted tea cake.
Refreshed we then walked back to York Minster and decided to tour the cathedral, we wanted to go up the tower but the next tor was at 2.30pm
After looking around the cathedral  we went to get some lunch with intentions of returning at 2.30pm. 
We wanted to go to Betty's a famous tea room, but the queue was half a mile long (slight exaggeration).
We retuned to the Shambles and found Betty's tea room and cafe, all part of the same firm.
We waited 25 mins to be seated and had some lunch, with only ten minutes spare to get back to York Minster we got footed it back.
As we stood in the cathedral at the base of the tower in the queue, a priest over a tannoy asked for a couple of minutes quiet to contemplate prayers for the world, then asked us to join him in the Lord's Prayer,
As we finished I said to Michael " well if I don't come down again, i feel like I've just had my last rites!
276 up some very tiny enclosed spiral staircase.
On reaching the top we sat a few minutes to catch our breath before making our way back down, both thirsty we decided to go for a drink, and headed towards the railway museum, sure that we would get a drink and toilet there, but we took a wrong turn and ended up on the town wall, which had no way down or off until we reached one of the town gates! (At the time it felt like we were walking the Great Wall of China)
Eventually we found an exit and a costa and had a toilet and cup of tea, it was now 6pm and we hadn't seen any rain at all,
It started to spit, so we hot footed it to a French Bistro, we had seen the previous night.
As it rained we ate our meal. By the time we finished the rain had finished. We walked back along the river back to Aldi, where we bought a bottle of water and a bottle of tonic water, we were concerned about cramps because of our trip up the tower!
We arrived back at 8.15pm being out over 11hrs and 20,236 steps for the day!

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