West Yorkshire

This past week has been an amazing Yorkshire tour.  Leeds is a lovely city and the surrounding area is beautiful country.  It seems strange that just a week ago I was arriving and now it seems almost normal to be relaxing in a living room in Beeston.  I am all packed and tomorrow I head out again and this time I will be flying to the US. Atlanta, Georgia is my next destination.  It has been over a year since I was last in the US.  But first a little more travel, please enjoy some more pictures of Leeds and other West Yorkshire delights.

Kirkstall Abbey

Trying out the stone coffins.

There is one for everyone.

The river Aire on a beautiful sunny day.

A cream tea.  Yorkshire tea with milk, scone, jam, cream.  Yummy!

Dinner with new friends.

British toad in a hole.  Not egg in toast.  Sausage in fluffy pastry yummyness. Way better!

Malham Cove

Me on top of the cliff with the amazing limestone pavement.  A scene from HarryPotter was filmed up here.

Once again, beautiful weather with lots of sun.  Lovely.

But still very cold.  Cold enough for icicles!

But that didn’t make the waterfalls any less pretty coming from the natural rock formations.

An amazing Yorkshire view.

Goodbye from Yorkshire.

A Visit to York

My last visit to England was about 8 years ago now.  I visited London and Oxford and had a great time with two of my German siblings.  One was attending Oxford at the time and the other traveled with me.   Now I am seeing another part of the country.  It is wonderful to spend time with Helen but since she is working, I took myself to York.  I could have easily spent another couple of days getting to know the city and exploring all the little side streets and shops.  I did not make it to Bettys tea shop but I do have a whole tin of Yorkshire Tea to bring back to the US thanks to Helen.  Tea is obviously very important here.  And since I enjoy a warm cup of tea every now and then, I did have a cup of tea in the afternoon while in York but other then that, I spent the whole day walking around, enjoying the city and the uncharacteristic but beautiful English sunshine.  Here are a few pictures of York!

York is now much bigger than its walled in city but the old city has plenty to see.  It was fun to walk along the wall and to orient myself and see the mix of old and new.

For lunch I had a pasty. I went for an nontraditional chicken and vegetable stuffed one but it was still very yummy.  It was also warm and hearty, perfect for a cold day.

I came across the minster because I heard the bells first. Of course you can see the tops from almost anywhere in the city but the bells were ringing, playing all sorts of different church songs.  It was beautiful to admire such an amazing building with a the perfect soundtrack.

I took a tour of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.  It was amazing to see the wooden beams and paintings that lined the walls.  The craftsmanship that went into this building was quite remarkable.  All of the beams are held together by wooden pegs.

This was a stained glass window from one of the other rooms.

The view from the gardens over the river.  The day was once again beautiful. I am sure England will return to its cold and rainy winters soon enough but I am so thankful to have my days here in the sunshine.


The Lakes

My first day in England was well spent.  Helen and I drove up to the Lake District and spent the whole day enjoying the little shops, hiking and drinking tea.  The weather was crisp but dry and the day turned out to be practically perfect in every way.  In the evening we curled up in Helen’s front room by the fire and watched the Beatrix Potter movie to see a bit more of the Lakes and hear Beatrix Potter’s story.  Beautiful and Wonderful!

Little towns dotted the landscape.  I never really thought too much about the English countryside but this is what it should look like.

The steep ascent to the top.

The view complete with military plane.  We heard and saw at least 6 of them wiz by during the day weaving low through the mountains.

Just part of the view from the top!

Helen with her eyes shut against the crazy wind.  We did it!

Happy but trying to stay balanced and not get blown off.  This was not a day to stand on the marker.

More of the great view complete with part of a dry stone wall in the foreground.  These crisscross the landscape dividing the fields.  They are amazingly engineered, running up and down the hillsides.

Rasta painted sheep grazing on the hillside.  They are actually painted to mark ownership but some of them were covered in quite an amazing mix of colors.

A cave that we passed on our way back down the mountain that was probably the result of quarrying the rocks for the nearby villages.

The view from inside.  We followed the rock paths to the very back.  It was both beautiful and echoy.

The final path down back towards the car. We made a large circle up and around the mountain.

Did you know that all the unmarked swans in England belong to the queen? Well, it’s true.  They do.

The sunset over one of the lakes.  We enjoyed it while sipping a cup of tea.  Lovely.