I've become a fan of the road trip. There's a certain thrill to loading everyone and everything into the back of the car and setting off the see the country. And see it we did on our weekend trip to the north of England and the lovely walled city of York.
The Micklegate Bar is one of the entrances to the city. Historically, it is the gate that royalty uses to enter York.
|Real Viking bones at Jorvik|
Highlights of the trip included a visit to Jorvik- a recreated Viking village. This museum is built right on top of an actual archaeological site where viking artifacts have been found. My favourite part of the recreated village was the scene with the viking dad in the backyard outhouse holding a wad of grass to be used in place of toilet paper! The main thing I learned about viking life: it looked miserable and dirty.
Then we headed to DIG where the children got some hands-on experience with real artifacts. The guide was excellent and it was fascinating to learn about the people who have lived in York- from the Romans to the Vikings, right up to the Victorians.
|Learning about archaeology at DIG|
One of the most famous sites in York is the beautiful (and huge) York Minster. It was stunning. Everything- from the windows to the carved statues to the tombs- was so grand and so detailed. Can you spot the stone heart in the center window? The Minster is often called the "Heart of York".
|Bride and Groom driving away in front of the Minster|
|Interior of the York Minster|
|National Railway Museum|
York was a fun place to visit with the family. We were able to overlook the hordes of scantily clad ladies (I use the term loosely here) out for their "hens-do" parties (it was 45 degrees outside- I was shivering just looking at them!) and a few drunken idiots brawling in the street as evening approached. Instead we focused on the charming atmosphere and the rich history. And after getting our fill of the city we drove out to the East Yorkshire coast.
Check back tomorrow to see some photos from part 2 of our road trip!