I've just started my first overseas trip in 22 years, and the first big vacation my wife and I have taken alone together since our honeymoon over 32 years ago. Wednesday/Thursday was something like 28 hours of travel with gaps waiting for the next mode of transportation, which I plan to forget about. Today was a wonderful walk around the old walled city of York.
Our apartment is about a block away from Monk Bar Gate.
Our first target was Yorkminster Cathedral, the largest Gothic church north of the Alps.
After lunch we walked along a good chunk of the old wall. We meant to walk all of it, but got confused at a big gap where you couldn't see the next section beyond the buildings, and so missed one of the three sections. It was a much longer walk than I've done for a while, and there was one place where I nearly turned around to head back, but I did make it all the way around to our starting point.
While trying to find the second section of wall we passed Clifford's Tower, the only remaining bit of William the Conqueror's castle.
Tomorrow we go on a personal guided tour of the Yorkshire Dales, the site of the real-world events described in the James Herriot novels.
Edit: here is Margaret's blog about the same day.