York is located in the north of England, about 2.5 hours of train ride from London.
There has been so much roadwork going on in London that there are surely traffic jams on certain roads. I have always been known for my prudence. Even though I left home an hour earlier, we still missed the train ride! The return tickets with the Railcard price is 60 pounds, but the clerk behind the counter said the tickets were no longer valid. We would have to buy new tickets, and a single ride with the Railcard is 60 pounds! The British government constantly gives me the impression that this country is economically desperate. Anyway, we are poor too, so we decided to get on the next train with our old tickets. However, we felt being on thin ice since for the the outbound ride from London, the ticket inspectors are bound to come to check the tickets. It was very likely that he asked us to buy new tickets and pay the fine as well. Upon seeing the ticket inspector come, I happened to go to the toilet. When I came out, I showed my ticket to him with total honesty. He took me to Jazel and Scarlet, asking us with all the kindness in the world, "Did you miss your train?" We looked at him begging him with our eyes. He said, "Be sure you are on time for the ride back to London!" Well, there are still very kind-hearted people in the UK!
Arms of City of York.
It seems that there is Ferris Wheel in many British cities.
My first impression of York. It is like any other city apart from London. You can walk around in the city centre. The major tourist attractions are accessible.
Julia, the Singaporean girl that studies in York, took us to Evil Eye Lounge for Singaporean and Malaysian food. My conclusion was that in the UK, eat as the Brits do.
I took the photo especially for Von and Kai.
There are streets lined with shops in the centre, quite nice for a stroll.
Milkshake from "Milkshack" recommended by Julia. Well, it's milkshake with milk and all sorts of sweets. I really don't think it's good for me to live in the UK for long because the food here is very dangerous for health. Or I would have to be very self-disciplined.
This is the Shambles. "Shambles" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "fleshshammels," meaning shelves butchers used to display their meat. The street is lined with timber-constructed houses. Butchers used to gather here, and to stop meat from being exposed to the sun, the houses were built close to one another.
Now there is no butchery on this street, but there are some dessert shops. York used to be known for confectionery and railway business, so we saw tearooms everywhere downtown.
The open-air market.
The tea house recommended by Julia.
This restaurant is really "posh."
The girls ordered cream tea which came in with tea and two scones.
Well, I was tortured by a very secret chronic problem, so to my own surprise, I ordered smoked salmon omelette with leaves.
It was nice to go for a walk around Yorkshire Museum.
On our way to National Railway Museum!
Von and Kai's love.
There are life-size platforms inside the museum.
A taste of the past.
Inside the royal train.
This should be freight train in my guess.
These trains made me dizzy...
We walked on the city wall path and breathed fresh air.
Goodbye York! This is such a wonderful place with relative low living costs and not so many people compared with London. What a leisurely day...