Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Day In York


York is one of my most favourite places to spend a day. I love the range of shops and the beautiful buildings. I have a bit of a thing for old buildings and walking through the streets of York is like feeding my soul. I love the quirkiness of each building, the lack of straight lines, the way that none of the buildings match each other and yet they sit alongside each other in comfortable companionship


Ten years ago I had some cosmetic work done at a dentist in the very centre of York. I expected the city centre to be, well, a typical city centre. But I couldn't have been more wrong. The surgery was tucked away down a tiny little alleyway off the street below, right near York Minster (which you can just see in the photo)


That day I committed to several months worth of repeat visits to my new dentist's surgery and I fell in love with York. I wandered the streets, gazing at the buildings, the nooks and crannies, the little secret alleyways that seemed to appear out of nowhere

Every time I scheduled my next appointment with my dentist I looked forward to my day in York. I explored the shops and each little street, establishing favourite places and little traditions to revisit next time (I'm a creature of habit)


 My favourite place to stop for food and drink is Betty's Tea Room, if I have time that is, as there's usually a queue around the block. It's absolutely worth it though, their cream teas are delicious and if you're there at breakfast time I highly recommend the Eggs Benedict, they are the best I've had and I consider myself a connoisseur!

There are plenty of my favourite shops in York such as Crabtree & Evelyn, The White Company, Neals Yard and Joules as well as plenty of little independent shops, the best of which are the patisseries, chocolatiers and art galleries



One of my favourite trips to York really sticks in my memory. It was during the summer about five years ago, before I met Matt and I was living on my own, having recently bought my house. I had the most wonderful day (after the necessary dentist visit) I bought some new books and stopped for tea to start reading one. I visited a little art gallery on The Shambles (above) and spent half an hour debating whether or not to buy a painting that I'd fallen in love with but couldn't afford (I didn't buy it. I wish I had. I wish it was possible to know, when debating a purchase whether it is one you'll always wish you'd bought or whether you'll forget about it within 24 hours) I bought myself some chocolates and sat on a bench, watching a street band playing Beatles songs. I didn't stay long as I'd arrived early and when I got home I settled myself on my sofa in my little house with a cup of tea, my chocolates and my new book. I read the whole book that afternoon and evening, ensconced in a little warm bubble of happiness and contentment with the world

I remember that happy day every time I go to York. And every time, I wish I'd bought that blinking painting


32 comments:

  1. York looks so pretty, like a real old fashioned town, I really want to go there even if it's just for a day! xx

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  2. it looks really old fashioned and pretty! i'll have to make a trip there at some point this year!
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  3. This is such a sweet post with beautiful memories! I go to Uni in York and I too have fallen in love with it. It's the perfect place to wander around; I've spent hours walking without actually entering any shops! I can't wait to keep exploring all the little hideouts in the small lanes
    xxx

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    1. Oh you lucky thing, what a fab place to go to uni! xx

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  4. York is the most beautiful city in Yorkshire I think, nothing I like better than a days shopping there! x

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  5. I absoloutely love York, just wish I lived closer to it! xx

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  6. I love York, its so pretty!
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    x

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  7. York is on my list of places to try and visit this year. Everyone who goes absolutely raves about it and it looks gorgeous! Wouldn't it be fantastic to have that foresight, I always seem to get it wrong and buy the things I shouldn't, whilst leaving the things I really liked. So annoying!

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    1. I'm sure you'll love it too! I always get it wrong too, I live in hope of one day getting it right :) xx

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  8. York is such a beautiful place, I haven't visited for a few years now but I have a longing to go back xxx

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  9. Beautiful photos of a beautiful city. Your first paragraph says everything I feel about York. When I visited it, I felt like I had come home. Unfortunately it is so far from where I live that trips are very few and far between :( So I shall spend some time staring at your pretty pictures and looking forward to when I can visit it again.

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    1. Ah thank you! I hope you get to go again soon xx

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  10. I love York but I haven't been for years. I remember buying some amazing fudge there that was so soft they gave you a little fork to eat it with. I always remember the food!

    Liz xx
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    1. Yes that's the Fudge Kitchen! They do all kinds of amazing flavours, last time Matt came with me he spent about £25 on fudge in there!! xx

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  11. I dont visit York enough considering I live not very far away in Leeds! The Shambles is just like stepping into a Harry Potter movie.

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    1. Oh Leeds is lovely too! I agree about The Shambles, it's like Diagon Alley! xx

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  12. Haha, I love your little conclusion, I don't know what it is about the word "blinking" that just adds a little humour to things. I love York as well. My grandma lives near York, and both my aunties were based in York before they emigrated. I'm taking Andrew on his first trip to York in March, and we're super excited. I adore it. And I adore Betty's. Their pikelets and Eton Mess are second to none! Your pictures made me feel a little bit homesick for Yorkshire x

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    1. Oh lucky you, I hope you both enjoy your trip in March xx

      PS. I agree about 'blinking'!

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  13. Lovely photos, York is so pretty! xxx

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  14. I love York too! It's like stepping back in time, I could wander around there for ages. Betty's is lovely (as is your writing) xx

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  15. I love York - it is a great place to go!!

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  16. i love york, so pretty. i remember going there as a child.

    my version of your yourk is bath. i just love that place so much...

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    1. I've always wanted to go to Bath, it looks so beautiful and there are so many lovely places to stay! xx

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